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The Premier Leagues Big Six will have to get used to Newcast

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Antonio Conte is right. Eddie Howe might not want to admit it. He may be keen to downplay expectations and he may rightly be remaining stereotypically level-headed in public, butNewcastle Unitedreally are showing that they are thePremier Leagues coming force.

They were always going to be a threatlong term onceSaudi Arabias Public Investment Fund (PIF) controversially bought an 80 per cent stake in the club last October. However, with every passing match, they are giving credence to theTottenham Hotspurhead coachs theory that Newcastles time is now they are a danger for the top-flights established elite in both the present and the future.

It was supposed to be a gradual, organic process for Newcastle to reach their potential. This season, a comfortable top-half finish and a cup run was the public aim; a solid base from which they could build towardsChampions Leaguequalifications in future years.

Yet, with almost a third of their Premier League fixtures completed, there is a bank of evidence to suggest Newcastle may yet expedite that process. Dan Ashworth, their sporting director,has already stated that the club has no ceiling and Jurgen Klopp, theLiverpoolmanager, already regards them asManchester Cityand Paris Saint-Germains equals when it comes to their prospective power.

The 2-1 victory at Spurs was thoroughly warranted. They were superior to Spursphysicallyand tactically and they displayed cohesion and belief in their game plan with which the home side simply could not compete.

During Howes 11 months in charge, there have been some memorable victories, but this was the most impressive. Newcastle deservedly downed a so-called Big Six side on their own turf and not just any team, but one who inflicted a humiliating 5-1 defeat on them just six months previously.

Ive got real pride in the players. In fact, the whole football club, really, said Howe. It was probably the best performance since Ive been here.

Newcastles players and staff celebrate in front of their travelling fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

It is up there with Newcastles best away displays in years. They have claimed memorable one-off victories on the road, including on their first-ever visit to this ground, but rarely have they looked to be at least the equal of an elite side, let alone surpass them.

After going toe-to-toe with Manchester City at St James before being cruelly denied a point in injury time at Anfield, then securing a deserved draw at Old Trafford earlier this month, Howes men have finally secured a top-six scalp, moving into the top four in the process.

Newcastle have not found themselves in such a lofty position this deep into a Premier League campaign since 2011-12, when they finished fifth under Alan Pardew.

That is not the only encouraging omen, either.

No top-flight team have lost fewer matches (one) than Newcastle. In each of the past three seasons that Newcastle have recorded just a solitary defeat in their opening 12 Premier League matches 1994-95, 1995-96 and 2011-12 they have gone on to finish in the top six.

This calendar year, Newcastle have also claimed 59 points from 31 games behind onlyArsenal, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool and they have been transformed from relegation fodder into a serious outfit, one every opposition side now gives due respect.

On October 24 last year, they were 19th, winless and only just out of the Steve Bruce era. After a dozen games in 2021-22, they were bottom, winless and six points adrift of safety.

Now they are top of the Premier Leagues form table, unbeaten in their past seven andboast the top flights best defensive record Newcastles surge appears irresistible.

Is it sustainable? Maybe, maybe not. But, for now, who cares? Newcastle deserve to be where they are and their fans are understandably wallowing in that.

The future is exciting because I still dont feel were at 100 per cent yet, Howe said. We really believe we can achieve special things with this group but Im very level, very calm, and the key is not to get carried away. Weve achieved nothing yet and its about maintaining this consistency.

Certainly, European qualification looks to be a realistic aim now.

Seven points from what Howe described as a real tough examination of a week is beyond what many supporters, and even those inside the club, expected from these three matches.

This was not just any scalp, either, but that of the established club who appear most vulnerable to nouveau riche Newcastle. Those inside Newcastle have long suggested that Daniel Levy, Spurs chairman, was among those who tried to oppose Newcastles takeover and this is precisely why.

Although Levy witnessed what Newcastles spending power can bring first-hand the brilliantBruno Guimaraesshone in midfield, despite having two days without sleep following the birth of his son Matteo on Friday, whileSven Botmanwas imperious in defence the Tottenham chairman also saw the impact of impressive, detailed coaching.Fabian Schar,JoelintonandMiguel Almiron,who scored his fifth goal in as many games, have blossomed under Howe and that trio were tremendous in north London.

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Remember, neitherAllan Saint-MaximinnorAlexander Isak, the clubs record signing, have been available in recent weeks, either. There is, in theory, far more to come from this Newcastle squad and, if they want to, even despite financial fair play concerns, they could yet invest further in January.

So, back to that question: is this form sustainable?

I dont know, Howe replies when asked byThe Athleticif he feels Newcastle can continue their top-four push. All we can do is continue to give everything for success. The players are in a really good place, with happiness and togetherness. Well just continue to give our all in every game.

Perhaps the present is too soon for Newcastle, but they really can make the future theirs. The balance of power in the Premier League is shifting and the top six will become the top seven it is now just a question of how quickly.

(Top photo: Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Chris Waughis a staff writer for The Athletic, covering North East football and most particularly Newcastle United. Before joining The Athletic he worked for MailOnline, and then reported on NUFC for The Chronicle, The Journal and The Sunday Sun. He has covered NUFC home and away since 2015.Follow Chris on Twitter@ChrisDHWaugh