Newcastle’s Injury Problems Improving Slowly

Newcastle have quite a few games coming up in the next few weeks. Although our next game is next Saturday against Fulham at Craven Cottage we have another 5 games before early January, and hopefully our injury list will be improving this coming week.


Abdoulaye Faye – we hope he’s fit for next Saturday’s game against Fulham

Three of these games are very winnable games – against Fulham, Wigan Athletic and Derby County – so with any luck we can be fairly well positioned for the January transfer window. We’re sure Allardyce and Chris Mort have some targets already identified. Sam is also keen to get the injured back to being available. Our current injury list is the following.

Player   Injury    Return Date

Carr	 Hamstring ?
Faye 	 Calf      ?
Owen 	 Thigh     15Dec07
Babayaro Back  	   ?
Cacapa 	 Knee  	   15Dec07
Ramage 	 Knee 	   Apr08
Duff 	 Ankle 	   8Dec07 

With any luck we hope that Faye will be available for next Saturday’s game. Taylor and Rozehnal played well against Arsenal on Wednesday and Sam Allardyce talked to the Shields Gazette before yesterday’s win against Birmingham:

“Against Arsenal, (Taylor and Rozehnal) were very, very good, but it’s about getting players like Faye and Cacapa back and ready.”

“At the moment we don’t have a lot to juggle with, and it’s important that when we go into the Christmas period – when three-game weeks come up pretty regularly – that we’ve got enough to change the team.”

“That’s going to be key for me. I’ve got to make sure I catch the level of fatigue and make brave changes as a manager to put fresher legs in, even though we might have got a result.”

“I hope I’m going to be faced with that problem where the squad is fit and winning football matches, and I’m changing the side because I want somebody who is fresher on the pitch to give his all.”

Rozehnal of course blotted his copy book for the first goal yesterday and if Faye is fit again, we’d expect him to take his place alongside Steven Taylor, who looks like he’s back to his best form. But we just cannot keep giving away these sloppy goals, like we did yesterday. It gives us a mountain to climb every game, and surely the new players are now more used to the demands of the Premiership, and know they cannot take any chances.

It’s now 14 games and way back on 1st September, since we last kept a clean sheet in our 1-0 win against Wigan at St. James’ Park. That record just has to be improved if we are to move up the league again, and it will be a good measure of just how well we’re doing in the future.

We’d like to see some new faces in the January transfer window, but we’d like to see players who already have Premiership experience. If we can get Tal Ben Haim in from Chelsea, he would be an excellent acquisition for us, and we think it’s possible we could get him from Chelsea.

What do you think? Who should we bring in during the January transfer window? Let us know – comments always welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Arthur Prince

    Dec 9, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed — what is this news about MA selling out to a Singapore group ?? I just hope it is the usual romour . Surely MA doesnt want out now !!!

  • Arthur Prince

    Dec 9, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    I think that we need another top striker plus 2 class attacking midfielders and probably 2 class defenders . I twill need some spending out though . So if my first post has any element of truth in it then BSA may not get the Money he needs to really improve the squad . See that Sven is after Adriano and not Michael Owen but who knows .may be a smoke screen again .

  • Indian toon

    Dec 9, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    we badly need faye at the back. and a left back in duff . so the zog can play left flank. that’ll be some option. am relishin the fact that duff is like signing a brand new player for us.

  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    we will be a different team as soon as we have duff faye cacapa and owen back they are four of our best players

  • Ryan

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the coming market open, we can’t even sell Owen off because he faces injury problem and he rather to start off in England squad than Newcastle squad. Ignoring what the fans and supporters say. I don’t think we need to purchase more strikers. Our team is quite good already. The most, we purchase 1 attacking midfielder and 1-2 defenders. Unless we prepare to sell some players off.

  • Bucks1985

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    If we find ourselves in a relatively strong position in the table, at the beginning of the transfer window, I believe that a move for Barcelona defender Edmilson could still be on the cards. He would be an excellent acquisition and would certainly provide some height and class in defence and as a central midfielder. For all his graft and endeavour, I believe that this will be Nicky Butt’s last season at St. James’ Park and the Brazilian international will be a more than worthy replacement in that defensive midfield role.

    Other notable acquisitions are likely to be an attacking midfielder and possibly a couple of full backs. In relation to the attacking midfielder, I believe that Russian star Arshavin is the most likely acquisition; although the likes of Lyon’s Juninho and Goran Pandev of Lazio would also be excellent signings. However, I think the Russian is the most likely candidate to be occupying the number eight shirt this January.

    As regards the full back positions, you have to wonder whether Sam Allardyce thinks that Jose Enrique is ready for the first team yet. If that be the case, I would love to see the long locks of Juan Pablo Sorin flowing down the left wing as he would provide an excellent offensive outlet whilst providing a huge threat from set-pieces. This suggestion in no way underpins the quality of Jose Enrique who is certain to prove himself be an excellent signing in the future; you just have to wonder if we can be successful if we continue to play a left-winger of the quality of Charles N’Zogbia in his place at left-back. As regards the right-back slot, I truly believe that Habib Beye has been Sam Allardyce’s best signing and that is not just due to his winner yesterday. However, with the African Nations Cup on the horizon, there are no quality candidates to fill that position whilst the Senegalese international is on his travels. Although Steven Taylor has done a good job previously this season, We need someone of the quality of Seitaridis from Athletico Madrid to fill the void. The Greek international was outstanding in EURO 2004 and is one of the main reasons why they qualified for next years finals.

  • Bucks1985

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    If I was Sam:

    In: Juninho (Lyon), Sorin (Hamburg), Seitaridis (Athletico Madrid), Edmilson (Barcelona), Gudjohnsen (Barcelona)

    Out: Carr, Babayaro, Pattison, Ameobi

  • Leo

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    something is bugging rozehnal for some reason, i dont think he is quite out their in all his capacity…

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 9, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    There is no way we will be signing 4 -5 players in January. Few good signings are ever made in this transfer window, as clubs don’t want to sell their best players, and if they do prices are inflated as they know the buyers are desperate – i.e. Boumsong.

    Mort has indicated any signings are likely to be young players for the future. I think we may sign one and get 1 or 2 on lone. I also think we may sell 1 or 2.

    The present squad needs to gel and be given time to settle – the thought of 4 – 5 1st team player coming in Jan is frankly ridiculous.

  • Bucks1985

    Dec 10, 2007 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I totally agree; although it has to be said that once the likes of Carr, Ameobi and Babayaro have left we are likely to need another right-back, left-back, centre-back, attacking midfielder and striker in the next twelve months. Whethere these players are signed in January remains to be seen but, as specified in my message, the areas that need strengthening sooner rather than later are the full-back positions and an attacking midfielder to provide the amunition for the strikers at Sam’s disposal.

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    duff will be like a new signing

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 13, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    God how will Duff fit in considering the already crowded left side. I’l like to see him play high and left with Martins on the other side and Smith or Viduka in the middle. Milner on the right and Barton in the middle and zog on the left.

  • Gerry Hagon

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    We are desperately short of an imaginative and creative mid-fielder. Someone who sees the cutting through-ball to our speedy forwards, Martins & Owen. Someone like Terry Hibbit whose passing provided the bullets for Malcolm MacDonald.
    Unfortunately Sam seems to prefer the more solid performer who have not always been so solid this season. It may be that he considers that Joey Barton will fill that role but it is doubtful whether he will be available most of the time. If recent short tempered tackles are anything to go by he has not lost his hot head and red cards will soon be accumulated.
    We need to find a Glen Hoddle, a Tony Green, a Matt Le Tissier, a Stephen Gerard or the like.
    By the way, watching Hartlepool of late I very much like James Brown who could well develop into such a creative mid-fielder. Please do not let this lad leave the North-East.


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