As we type, Eddie Howe and the Newcastle players are in Austria preparing for the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
It represents a summer of opportunity for the 44-year-old, who has been tasked with streamlining his bloated squad, bringing in exciting signings, while passing on tactical information.
By all accounts, things are going well, but it looks like Howe needs to keep tabs on Dan Burn and Ryan Fraser.
What is the story?
Well, the £13million signing from Brighton seems to have put an end to Fraser.
Following the arrival of the 6ft 6in defender, many jokes were made about the height difference between him and the 5ft 4in Scotland international, who still appears to be alive and kicking the training ground.
As you can see above, Burn appears to be teasing Fraser by holding the ball high, well out of his reach.
The pair have previously addressed their comedic relationship, with Burn confirming he is playing it now as he knows fans love seeing him and Fraser together.
Hilariously, the Newcastle No.21 was even described as a mascot by some after Newcastle went to West Ham in February when he was forced out next to Burn, with the appearance of a young escort of players.
Dan Burn and Ryan Fraser contribute to a better pre-season at Newcastle
It almost goes without saying, but the mood at Newcastle seems to be much more positive this summer compared to last year – thanks in large part to the character of Burn and Fraser, among others.
In 2021, the Magpies weren’t treated to a pre-season tour of the quality of this year, and their business consisted of signings such as Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis and Mark Gillespie.
This time around, Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi have signed one of Europe’s most promising defenders in Sven Botman, as well as an England international in Nick Pope.
So much has changed in the space of a year, and with one or two more additions Newcastle can do something special in the 2022/23 campaign.
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