How the PL table would look if it began when Newcastle hired Howe

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Eddie Howe manager of Newcastle United celebrates the 2-1 win over Leicester City, St. James Park, Tyne and Wear, 17 April 2022.

Eddie Howe was brought in as Newcastle United manager to replace the outgoing Steve Bruce in November 2021 and has made a huge impact on the club. The Premier League table since he took over shows just how huge.

When Howe was appointed as Newcastle’s new boss, even Premier League survival looked a tall order. A top-half finish appeared nigh-on impossible.

Fast forward five months and Howe’s Magpies have hit the magic 40 points barrier with five games to spare. Newcastle sit outside the top 10 only by virtue of goal difference, and such is their momentum it wouldn’t be a shock to see them leapfrog Leicester and Brighton and finish as high as ninth.

This would have been unthinkable back when newly-appointed Howe watched from the stands as Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw to Brighton in early November.

The Tyneside outfit had failed to win their opening 11 matches, while Howe failed to win any of his first three. No Premier League side in history had stayed up after failing to win any of their first 14 matches.

In fact, the 44-year-old former Bournemouth coach took some time to deliver results. A narrow 1-0 victory at home to relegation rivals Burnley was Newcastle’s only win of his first nine matches in charge.

At the turn of the year, Newcastle sat 19th – only one point better off than bottom-placed Norwich – with just 11 points taken from 19 games.

But Newcastle’s form in 2022 has been nothing short of remarkable. Only Liverpool have taken more points this calendar year than Howe’s men. Their 1-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace was their ninth win from their last 13 Premier League outings.

But how would the table look if it began when Howe took over? Even including his slow start to life in the dugout at St. James’ Park, Newcastle are up there with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in terms of top-four form.

We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began from the weekend Howe took charge of his first Newcastle match. Note: all teams have played 21 league games unless stated otherwise.

1. Liverpool – 54 points (GD +41)
2. Manchester City – 54 points (GD +39)
3. Tottenham – 41 points 
4. Arsenal – 37 points (GD +10)
5. Manchester United – 37 points (22 games played) (GD +2)
6. Chelsea – 36 points (20 games played)
7. Newcastle United – 35 points (22 games played)
8. Wolves – 33 points
9. West Ham United – 29 points (22 games played)
10. Brentford – 27 points (22 games played)

11. Aston Villa – 26 points (20 games played) (GD +2)
12. Leicester City – 26 points (20 games played) (GD -2)
13. Southampton – 25 points
14. Brighton – 23 points (22 games played)
15. Crystal Palace – 22 points (GD -1)
16. Leeds United – 22 points (GD -23)
17. Burnley – 17 points (20 games played)
18. Norwich City – 16 points
19. Everton – 14 points (20 games played)
20. Watford – 12 points

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