Newcastle United started their Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-1 victory against Aston Villa on the opening weekend.
The Magpies tore into the visitors from the early stages at St James’ Park and their latest signing Sandro Tonali made their dominance count.
The new signing made this happened when he converted Anthony Gordon’s inviting sixth-minute cross to put the home team in front.
However, Moussa Diaby cancelled out his fellow debutant’s goal within five minutes, after he scored with his weaker foot after Ollie Watkins’ flick-on.
Isak also went ahead to chip Emiliano Martinez for his second to give the home side a two-goal advantage in the matchup.
Callum Wilson added the fourth for the hosts with Harvey Barnes scoring on his debut ensuring the Magpies followed up their superb 2022-23 campaign with an ideal start.
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe believed his men were ahead in the match as they qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years last season.
This will be a tough season for the Magpies as they will be participating in Europe’s elite competition.
Newcastle will have six Champions League games in midweek between the middle of September and December, unlike last season.
Newcastle United will be in either pot three or four of the Champions League draw and they should be expecting competitive fixtures against some of the best teams on the continent.
Howe has made three summer signings – help with the increased quantity and quality of matches – with Italy midfielder Tonali the standout here.
The former AC Milan player was handed an immediate Premier League debut and despite scoring, he also looked promising with Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton in the midfield.
Well, what a statement by Newcastle United ahead of what could be a really exciting campaign.
On the other side, Villa never really recovered from the injury to Mings in the first half.
Eddie Howe’s side had gotten off to a strong start. Indeed, it is a deserved victory and an early season marker for the Champions League outfit.