Newcastle United suffered a poor start to last season, leaving them at risk of relegation to the Championship, but an expensive winter transfer window with a manager change has kept the Magpies firmly established in the top flight, finishing in 11th place. Moreover, if you look at their results in the second half of the championship, they entered the top 3, second only to Liverpool and Man City. Eddie Howe’s men will have approximately the same level of ambition now as they retained the core of their squad and the coaching staff had the opportunity to conduct a complete pre-season preparation.
Last season, Nottingham Forest played in the Championship, where they took only fourth place. However, the playoffs helped them get a ticket to the Premier League, where they will perform for the first time in the 21st century. The long-awaited promotion made the Foresters rush to the transfer market, fearful of falling back into the second strongest league in England. A dozen acquisitions worth a hundred million euros is something unimaginable even by the EPL standards. Curiously, there are not a lot of star players on that list, and the most expensive purchases were Taiwo Awoniyi from Union and Neco Williams from Liverpool.