We seem to be struggling at the moment to field a decent midfield, with so many players out with injures, away on African Nations Cup duty or unavailable through other reasons.
Andrei Arshavin – Russian captain would be great acquisition for Newcastle
We are already without central midfielders Abdoulaye Faye, Geremi and Joey Barton for our trip to Manchester United on Saturday. Bartonâ€™s therapist Peter Kay, was yesterday quoted as saying Barton will not be making any return to football in the near future:
â€œIt will not be happening in the near future.â€
â€œThere are bail guidelines we are adhering to and weâ€™re concentrating on the work we need to do, which is going well.â€
Even if Barton was available we think it would be inappropriate to play Barton for Newcastle before his next hearing on Wednesday, January 16th in Liverpool. It doesn’t exactly set a good precedent.
Nicky Butt is suspended for next Wednesdayâ€™s FA Cup third round replay against Stoke City after receiving his 10th yellow card of the season on Sunday. He’ll now have to miss two games and Emre, as we mentioned earlier this morning, is still struggling to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.
With Barton’s situation murky at best, we would have thought the board would have sanctioned Sam to bring in a top central midfielder in January to potentially replace Joey Barton at the club. If Barton can get over all his personal problems and remain at the club, so be it.
But we need cover in the immediate future, and we expect Sam to bring in a top midfielder. We hope that player will be Russiaâ€™s Captain Andrei Arshavin. He seems to have all the qualities it takes to be successful in the Premiership, and he is very keen to join the Magpies, that’s for sure.
What do you think?