Pundit predicts where Newcastle United will finish in the 2022-23 Premier League with Leicester comparison

Newcastle United should be aiming for a top-eight finish in the Premier League next season, according to former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour.

The Magpies finished 11th in the top flight last season despite spending the majority of the campaign fighting relegation.

Some excellent transfer business in January saw United climb up the table under head coach Eddie Howe with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Matt Targett and Chris Wood all playing their part.

Targett has since made his loan move from Aston Villa permanent while Newcastle have also confirmed the signing of England international goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley for £10million.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Just over two weeks into the summer transfer window and the club has already spent around £25million on new signings. Looking ahead to next season, Parlour expects Newcastle to break into the top half.

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“They could be a Man City, three or four years it took Man City to start bringing the players in, got the right manager,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think Eddie Howe will get an opportunity now. But I think a cup run is going to be important for Newcastle.

“Imagine them getting to Wembley and winning the FA Cup. That would be magnificent for the club.

“I reckon top eight for Newcastle next season, [and] a good cup run.

“Teams like Leicester did it, won the league. You want to see people challenging, it gets boring, doesn’t it? If you know Liverpool and Man City, I don’t know what order, but they will be the first two.

“We want to see people trying to topple [them] over and [Newcastle] might be another Leicester, who knows?”

Newcastle haven’t finished in the top eight in the Premier League since finishing fifth during the 2011-12 season. But last October’s takeover and the impressive turnaround under Eddie Howe in 2022 has provided renewed hope.

“Newcastle for me, if you can get top eight and a good cup run, then build again, then it will be top six, then suddenly you are getting that squad together and be top four,” Parlour continued. “That is what they will be aiming for.”