Newcastle is one of the hottest teams in the English Premier League. Despite not having the history or the success of some of the clubs from the Big 4, following the recent events and the club’s new owner, it’s just a matter of time before we see some changes.
Speaking of success, the data shown by Nostrabet.com reveals that Newcastle has won 16 trophies in its lifetime so far. This number may not seem low, but it’s not that much compared to teams such as MUFC, which has 69. “Many people might be surprised by Newcastle’s results, but that’s not the case for hardcore football fans. Although the team had some success many years ago, it has never been as successful as the big names in England”, said Kristiyan from NB.
Newcastle United only has 16 trophies in its 130 years of history, but things will most likely change in 2023. There are many reasons why this is the case, so let’s dive in.
The New Owner
We want to start by addressing the elephant in the room and say that Newcastle United is most likely the wealthiest football club in the world right now. Although people expected this title to go to Manchester City or PSG, Newcastle blows them out.
The Magpies are in such a position because of the events on 7 October 2021. After owning it for 14 years, Mike Ashley sold the club for around 305M GBP. The newer owners a consortium comprising the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund and two additional companies. In other words, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind the deal.
As you can imagine, a football club backed up by one of the wealthiest people is a recipe for success. According to the statements following the deal in 2021, the consortium plans to invest more than £600M. Furthermore, it would create more than 10,000 job opportunities.
As expected, the new owners of Newcastle United spent a lot of money on transfers, especially in 2022. During the English football winter transfer window in 2022, Newcastle spent more than any other European club. However, instead of winning the EPL, these transfers had to help the team avoid relegation.
Newcastle’s success over the years
Before we continue with the team’s current position in the English Premier League and its future, it’s time to take a step back. As mentioned, Newcastle United has 16 trophies in its 130+ years of history. 4 out of those titles were as an English football champion, and the first came in 1904-1905.
Those years were fantastic for The Magpies because the team also won the competition in 1906-07 and 1908-09. With that said, Newcastle’s latest victory in England’s most competitive football league was in 1926-27.
Besides winning the most prestigious championship, Newcastle United has 4 trophies from the second-tier championship. The first one was in 1965, when it won the FL Division Two championship. After that, the team won Championship (formerly known as First Division) in 1993, 2010, and 2017.
Moving on, Newcastle United has 6 FA Cup trophies. It all started in 1910, followed by victory in 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, and 1955. In other words, the club has won one of England’s oldest football competitions in almost 70 years.
Finally, The Magpies also have a trophy from the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the FA Charity Shield. However, both took place many years ago, meaning the club has yet to win a big tournament in the 21st century.
Newcastle United’s Current EPL Position & What’s Next
At the time of writing the article, the English Premier League isn’t over yet. Even though there are several more matches to go, Newcastle United is in an excellent position because the team is fighting for its place in the top 4.
As you know, a team that finishes among the first 4 positions can play in next season’s UEFA Champions League. However, if Newcastle Finishes in 5th place, the team will go to Europa League. Needless to say, it has to do everything in its power not to be outside the top 5 because it won’t be able to participate in any big European competition.
Newcastle’s transfers in the last year have significantly impacted the club’s success. Instead of fighting for its survival in the EPL, the team has real chances of being in the Top 4. Considering who’s behind the club, we wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle becomes a title challenger in the next few years.
Aside from Newcastle’s impressive EPL performance, the team also reached the final of the Carabao Cup. However, it couldn’t win the trophy after losing to Manchester United.
Transfer Rumours around Newcastle United
A football club with unlimited financial resources is ready to spend a lot of money to succeed. In fact, the most prominent news outlets have indicated that several big transfer moves could take place in the summer. One of them is the ex-Leeds player Raphinha, who became a part of Barcelona.
Aside from the winger, the team’s linked with Moussa Diaby from Leverkusen, Kieran Tierney from Arsenal, and even James Maddison and Youri Tielemans from Leicester. However, none of these transfers has occurred yet, so it will be interesting to see what will happen.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the club’s new owners decide to spend even more money and try to get some of the biggest football superstars. Players like Mbappe and Haaland have been linked with several big clubs, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Newcastle definitely has the financial resources to snatch them.