Newcastle have finally found their successor to Steve Bruce as Eddie Howe has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the club.
PIF made the decision to part ways with Bruce last month and Graeme Jones has been overseeing the team as interim head coach, picking up two points in three games.
Howe now joins with the side the only team in the Premier League yet to win a match, after 11 games, with five points on the board.
One positive the arrival of Howe could bring is the potential of him unlocking Ryan Fraser’s full talents at St. James’ Park. The Scotland international has struggled to hit his best form on Tyneside and being reunited with his former Bournemouth manager could help to get the best out of him.
Since signing for the Magpies on a free transfer, he has managed one goal and three assists in 30 games in all competitions. This shows how he has failed to produce quality in the final third for Newcastle, despite his previous form with the Cherries.
Under Howe at Bournemouth, Fraser racked up eight goals and 18 assists in his last two Premier League seasons – proving that he is capable of being a top player at this level. Howe was able to unlock his full potential and seemingly knows how to use him effectively within his system.
Therefore, PIF’s decision to appoint the 43-year-old could end up finally bringing the best out of the winger, turning him into what ultimately, is a good signing for the club. If the Scotland international can start producing the numbers he showed at Bournemouth then he could become an exciting player to watch for the rest of the season.
In particular, ex-Magpies boss Bruce hailed his link-up with Callum Wilson upon the attacker’s arrival at the club in 2020. He said:
“His ability and his contributions on the pitch speak for themselves and I’m looking forward to seeing him getting to work in a Newcastle shirt.
“He has wonderful chemistry on the pitch with Callum Wilson, which excites me, and I hope it excites our supporters ahead of the new season.”
Wilson and Fraser played together under Howe at Bournemouth and excelled as a pair. In the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, they managed 21 goals and 23 assists between them. Imagine them doing that this term with Howe in charge at St. James Park. It’s a thought that surely leaves Newcastle fans foaming at the mouth.