Eddie Howe’s view on Everton’s summer transfer business ahead of Newcastle United clash

Newcastle United take on Everton at St James’ Park on Wednesday.

Eddie Howe believes Everton have made progress this season after making some “astute” signings in the summer.

Newcastle United host Frank Lampard’s side at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening searching for their fourth win of the Premier League campaign.

The Magpies beat the Toffees 3-1 on Tyneside in February before losing the reverse fixture at Goodison Park through Alex Iwobi’s 99th-minute winner.

Those games were closely fought but Howe is expecting a tougher encounter tomorrow after the visitors recruited the likes of Neal Maupay, Idrissa Gueye, James Garner, Amadou Onana and experienced defenders James Tarkowski and Conor Coady.

Everton ‘have made progress’

“Definitely, they’ve made progress,” the United head coach admitted. “ I’d say the games we had against them last season were both very tight, difficult games I’d say for both teams, not a lot in it. We anticipate a very similar test.

“They have improved, recruited well and got a real physical edge to their side. They will be a threat on transitions and set plays. We’re going to have to stand up to that physical test but I hope with the crowd I’ll back us to do that.”

Lampard managed both games against Newcastle after replacing former boss Rafa Benitez in January.

Lampard has done ‘a very good job’ says Howe

The Chelsea legend has the backing of the Everton fans after keeping the club in the Premier League last season. They’ve began the current season with 10 points from their opening 10 games, compared to Newcastle’s 15.

Howe said: “I think he’s done a very good job. I know Frank well from various encounters, namely the (England) under-21s many years ago. (He’s a ) very likable man and I think he’s done a really good. He’s stabilised the club.

“It was a really difficult situation for them last year but I think he’s made some astute signings in the summer and they’re a tougher team to play against. We expect a difficult game.”