The Magpies currently have the wealthiest owners in world football, and look set to spend big this summer, which should be keeping the current playing staff on their toes.
What is the current situation at Newcastle?
The situation at St James’ Park is a lot more positive than it was at the start of the year.
Coming into 2022, Newcastle were in serious danger of being relegated, having won just one league game before Christmas.
However, they have been on a phenomenal run in recent months, winning six home top-flight matches on the bounce to break through the 40-point barrier, meaning they are all-but certain of a place in the Premier League next season.
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What has Jones said about Newcastle?
Newcastle’s upturn in form has been helped by their recruitment in January. The North-East club made five signings in the first month of 2022, including Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn.
Further additions are likely when the transfer window re-opens in June, and Jones thinks some players will be shown the exit door as well to allow Eddie Howe to revamp his squad.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “You’ve got half that team trying to prove that they’re actually worth keeping for next season. Legitimately, they will sell a lot of the fringe players because they want to make room for new players, and players that could make the squad much better. So, there’s some big names in that squad that have still got a lot to prove.”
Will the fear of being replaced give Newcastle’s players something to play for?
When a team is almost certain to stay up with a few games of the season remaining, there can be a tendency for the players to take their foot off the gas and start thinking about their summer holidays.
That looks unlikely to happen at Newcastle, though, given what is at stake. Several players will know that if they finish the campaign poorly, it may be the last time they wear the black and white shirt as they could be replaced in the off-season.
Howe will be demanding that his squad maintain their intensity and level of performance to ensure that Newcastle continue to pick up points and possibly earn themselves a top-half finish.
In the final weeks of the season, it should become clear to him who is good enough to play for the team, who is at least willing to fight for their place, and which players need to be moved on as Newcastle aim to start challenging at the right end of the table next term.