Newcastle United star ‘very angry’as Eddie Howe handed £120m concern – five things

Newcastle United won their third Premier League game on the bounce, seeing off Burnley 2-0 at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United claimed a third straight Premier League victory after goals from Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak saw off newly-promoted Burnley at St James’ Park

Here’s five key takeaways from the game:

Very angry Trippier

Kieran Trippier set the tone for Newcastle. Even when the team weren’t playing well, Trippier showed grit and determination, biting into tackles to drive the team on. It was from one of those challenges that the first goal came, largely against the run of play.

Does he get an assist for that? If not, he certainly should.

We’ve seen every side to Trippier’s game in recent weeks. From the defensive brilliance of the San Siro, to showing the attackers how it’s done at Bramall Lane.
This show, however, was out of character in some ways. Normally the calmest man on the park, Trippier was full of verbals and tackles. It was a joy to see from the Magpies’ Mr. Nice.

Joelinton injury adds to selection concerns

Newcastle haven’t got the deepest of squads, any injury, as Eddie Howe admitted post-match, really ‘hurts’ the Magpies.

And sadly, as the games come thick and fast, so too are the knocks. Joelinton is the latest player to be added to that list.

The midfielder only lasted two minutes off the bench before his hamstring went. He was only two games into a return from a knee problem.

Sven Botman and Callum Wilson will also be missing for Howe against PSG, with Joe Willock another who would’ve strengthened the Magpies’ hand.

The international break, from an injury perspective, can’t come quick enough.

Big game Bruno

Just when Newcastle needed their main man to shine, he’s brought that real Brazilian swagger back.

Progressively, in recent weeks, there’s been signs Bruno Guimaraes was edging back to form – but against Burnley he absolutely ran the show in midfield.

He was snappy in the tackle, led the press from No.6 and threaded passes for those in front and outside him at will.

If Newcastle are to get anything in midweek against one of the best club sides on the planet, they need more of the same from Guimaraes.Skipper is no longer making up the numbers

Jamaal Lascelles has for so long now been Newcastle’s skipper in absence.

The armband and responsibilities handed over to Kieran Trippier, Lascelles has, in the last year, been United’s cheerleader from the sidelines.

But, an injury to Botman, has opened the door for the club captain – and he’s grasped the opportunity with both hands, putting in assured displays, with added clean sheets, against Man City and Burnley.

There’s definitely something quite satisfying about Lascelles getting a chance in the Champions League given he was one of the only men to stand up for the club, prior to relegation, when they needed it most. He’s earned that moment.

The Geordie backbone upon which success was built

It really doesn’t matter all that much where a player comes from, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t stir something inside when you see lads from the area excelling in black and white.

And while they’re not the names to get Champions League pulses racing, Elliot Anderson and Sean Longstaff are the Geordie backbone upon which recent success has been built.

Both are tenacious, high energy players who give Bruno inside them a licence to do what he does, largely because they cover every inch around him.

Players don’t have to have Newcastle running through their veins, but it definitely helps.

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