Will it be evolution or revolution? – Athleticism


Eddie Howe promises a change at Newcastle United, to “imprint” his footballing philosophy in a struggling team.

“I’m not coming here or straying too far from my style of football,” Howe said during his unveiling earlier this month. “But I do recognize that there are some limits and that it will take incremental measures.”

A fresh approach is certainly welcome at a club that have been mired in relegation battles for years, haven’t won this season and are already five points from safety. But after two years of constant cuts and changes under Steve Bruce, it will take time for the Newcastle side to acclimate to a new prospect.

So what exactly does the new head coach want from his players? What should Newcastle fans expect from an Eddie Howe side? And how quickly can he implement his ideas?

Howe’s Style – and Favorite Formation

For the majority of Howe’s tenure at Bournemouth, his preference for attacking football was evident.

“During those peak years we were fearless,” said Simon Francis, former Bournemouth right-back. “We were progressive and forward. We pressed, our first pass had to be forward and we thought we could beat anyone. It may sound naive, but we had to have this mindset.

Howe says his style is based “on what I like to look at myself”. But by the end of 2019-2020 his side at Bournemouth, who had become dependent on the counterattack, were not immediately recognizable as the same side that surprised the elite with their brave play after being promoted in 2015.


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