Newcastle United are currently enjoying a rich vein of form with the Magpies winning five of their last six Premier League matches. However, they are still without one of their key players in Kieran Trippier.
Although he won’t be back soon, head coach Eddie Howe has revealed the latest on the Englishman’s recovery.
The 31-year-old has already scored twice in black and white and has quickly become one of the Geordies’ most important players, making his progress very pleasing news for the Toon Army.
Fans will certainly be buzzing that Trippier is making good progress after the 31-year-old’s electric start to life in the North-East.
The Englishman has netted twice from right-back, both goals direct from free-kicks, and has certainly been a catalyst to Newcastle’s major upturn in fortunes.
The right-back has certainly made an instant impression on Tyneside and his absence leaves a gaping hole on the right-hand side of the defence with backup options Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo far inferior alternatives.
Krafth started against Brighton on Saturday and, in fairness, produced a decent performance with SofaScore handing the Swede a 7/10 performance rating.
Although it seems likely that the right-back won’t return for a couple of weeks still, the fact that Newcastle will have Trippier back fit before the end of the season will be a major boost as they look to ensure survival as quickly as possible.
After Saturday’s victory, the Magpies are 14th, seven points clear of the drop zone with 12 matches to go, putting them in a very healthy position.