Newcastle 2022/23 season review: Back among Europe’s elite

Newcastle 2022/23 season review: Back among Europe’s elite

Don’t scratch your eyes. No need to pinch yourself. That did really happen.

The 2022/23 season will forever be remembered as a famous one for Newcastle, whose push to establish themselves among Europe’s elite went into hyperdrive with a fourth-placed finish that brings with it a spot in next season’s Champions League.

There will always be questions about those calling the shots at St. James’ Park, but it would be wildly unfair to penalise Eddie Howe and his group of (largely inexpensive) players after a season of tactical brilliance, individual emergence and all-round excellence.

Here’s a review of the 2022/23 season for Newcastle.

After a summer of consistent, controlled spending, most expected Newcastle to be pretty decent this year. Relegation fears were long gone and fans were hoping for a fun battle for a spot in next season’s Europa League.

That being said, there were concerns over just how many members of the pre-takeover squad were still around. Newcastle signed just five players in the summer after another four additions in January 2022, so surely there was only so good this squad could be. After all, they were getting relegated before those signings arrived and the injection of quality was, on paper, not particularly dazzling.

Still, this was a long-term project, and so fans expected a solid step forwards. Conference League or Europa League, either would be great.



Signed from


June 10, 2022

Matt Targett

Aston Villa


June 23, 2022

Nick Pope



July 1, 2022

Sven Botman



August 26, 2022

Alexander Isak

Real Sociedad


September 11, 2022

Loris Karius



January 1, 2023

Garang Kuol

Central Coast Mariners


January 29, 2023

Anthony Gordon



January 31, 2023

Harrison Ashby

West Ham




Sold to


June 10, 2022

Isaac Hayden



July 12, 2022

Jeff Hendrick



July 13, 2022

Ciaran Clark

Sheffield United


July 22, 2022

Dwight Gayle



September 1, 2022

Martin Dubravka

Manchester United


September 1, 2022

Federico Fernandez



January 12, 2023

Garang Kuol



January 20, 2023

Chris Wood

Nottingham Forest


January 31, 2023

Jonjo Shelvey

Nottingham Forest


January 31, 2023

Karl Darlow



Bruno Guimaraes

Bruno Guimaraes

What a signing / Stu Forster/GettyImages

This one is tough. This one is really, really tough. So many players deserve recognition here but, at the heart of everything good for Newcastle this season was Bruno Guimaraes.

Pulling the strings from the base of midfield, Guimaraes picked up where he left off from his first six months in England, adapting seamlessly to the Premier League game and elevating the performances of everyone around him.

Rumours of a £100m transfer to someone like Liverpool or Barcelona, while nothing to take seriously, are a fair representation of just how good this guy is.

Honourable mentions: Joelinton, Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier

Miguel Almiron vs Fulham

Stunning. 😍🇵🇾

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 1, 2022

It’s hard to even describe what happened here.

Miguel Almiron, who enjoyed a ludicrous career resurgence, went on a streak of not only scoring a boatload of goals, but couldn’t stop bagging screamers either. Standing out from the bunch was this volley against Fulham.

Watching the ball drop from the sky, the Paraguay international volleyed home with the outside of his boot to bag a goal which defies all logic.

Honourable mentions: Fabian Schar vs Nottingham Forest, Kieran Trippier vs Man City, Allan Saint-Maximin vs Wolves, Miguel Almiron vs Everton, Miguel Almiron vs Aston Villa, Callum Wilson vs Everton

Newcastle 6-1 Tottenham

Alexander Isak, Joe Willock

Newcastle couldn’t be stopped / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Newcastle had some excellent performances this season, and yet this debate isn’t even close. The Magpies’ 6-1 mauling of Tottenham in April was the stuff of dreams.

Howe’s side were three goals up inside nine minutes, taking advantage of a disheveled Tottenham side a they added two more to be 5-0 ahead after just 21 minutes. To call it ‘men vs boys’ barely even does it justice, such was the absolute dominance from Newcastle.

Harry Kane pulled one back early in the second half but Newcastle didn’t slow the party down and Callum Wilson responded with a sixth to seal one of the most famous days in club history.

Honourable mentions: Newcastle 5-1 Brentford, Newcastle 4-1 Brighton

Sven Botman

Sven Botman

A huge impact at the back / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Newcastle boasted the best defence in the Premier League this season, and so much of that was down to the introduction of Sven Botman.

The Dutchman, targeted in January before eventually joining in the summer, slotted in perfectly and proved to be something of a missing link at the back for the Magpies, who had teams genuinely struggling to find a way through.

There’s plenty of competition for this prize, but Botman perhaps just edges it.

Honourable mentions: Nick Pope, Alexander Isak



He’s Brazilian / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Another award which could easily be given to a number of players, it would be wrong to end this season review without picking Joelinton out for some individual recognition.

The Brazilian’s emergence as a midfielder towards the end of last season was an interesting one, but this year, Joelinton proved to be a hybrid monster capable of scoring goals from deep or dazzling out on the left wing. He was signed as a striker, for the record.

Joelinton was a laughing stock just 18 months ago but is now recognised as one of the Premier League’s toughest box-to-box midfielders.

Honourable mentions: Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock, Miguel Almiron

Anthony Gordon

Anthony Gordon

A slow start for Gordon / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

Newcastle’s decision to hand £45m to Everton in January to sign Anthony Gordon wasn’t universally met with praise, and the winger struggled to justify that spend during his first six months on Tyneside.

Gordon started just four times in the Premier League – his only four outings that exceeded 45 minutes – and waited until the final day of the season to score his first goal, having already attracted some criticism for an angry reaction to his substitution against Brentford in April.

At 22, there’s obviously still a lot of time for Gordon to prove himself to the Newcastle faithful, but there’s work to be done.

Honourable mention: Ryan Fraser

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