There’s a reason why Newcastle are among the favourites to be relegated. The loss of Rafa Benitez, as well as the departure of 2 of their key attackers (Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon) do not bode well for the Magpies. In this Newcastle FPL team guide, we’ll look at whether they’re still a team worthy of FPL investment.
Just when Newcastle fans had started to allow themselves to feel slightly optimistic about the future, Mike Ashley once again pulled the rug from underneath them. Newcastle must now navigate another Premier League season under Steve Bruce’s stewardship: all without their 2 top scorers from last season. Can the players that remain punch above their weight and provide some value for FPL managers?
Last season’s key statistics
‘The Script’ created by BTSport ahead of the 2019/20 season has predicted Newcastle relegation with 47 goals conceded away from home, the most of any club. Like most, we’re sceptical of these predictions, however, we do agree that they will leak a lot more goals, especially on the road, than Rafa Benitez did last season (23).
Newcastle were one of the few clubs who kept more clean sheets away (6), than home (5) last season. This was largely down to Rafa’s expertise in setting up to frustrate the opposition and we’re fairly confident Steve Bruce won’t even come close to the Spaniard’s standards in most areas.
FPL fixture difficulty
The table above shows the fixture difficulty of Newcastle’s opening six matches, as determined by our clean sheet tracker and attacking tracker. These difficulty trackers are based on last seasons home/away specific performance statistics. Newly promoted sides statistics have been weighted according to their transitional value.
Who takes penalties for Newcastle United?
Accordingly to our data, Matt Ritchie is designated penalty taker for Newcastle United.
Which Newcastle United players to pick on FPL?
If Matt Ritchie (£5.5m) does nothing else this season, he will at least be remembered for being the first player price reveal of the season. Despite initial intrigue – particularly given his positional change – Ritchie has since drifted into the obscurity in which he probably belongs.
The same should be said for most of Newcastle’s defence. If they had one saving grace last season, it was surely the organisation imposed upon them by Benitez. Their collective talents alone probably aren’t sufficient to keep many teams out.
With that said, Fabian Schar (£5.0m) could be an interesting attacking prospect. His wide-ranging goal-scoring ability includes 30-yard screamers and point-blank headers.
The jewel on the midfield crown for Newcastle is their record signing, Miguel Almiron (£6.0m). Though unremarkable from an FPL perspective last season, the Paraguayan showed enough promise to raise eyebrows.
Look at the ownership figures, however, and it’s Isaac Hayden who leads the line. The £4.5m midfielder looks to be one of a few nailed-on enablers who could be useful off the bench next season.
Their new signing, Joelinton (£6.0m), is a somewhat unknown entity with plenty of promise. Young and skilful, the 22-year-old will have a lot to do if he is to compensate for the absence of Perez and Rondon. 7 goals in 31 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga last season is nothing to get too excited about, but his age gives him plenty of room to improve.