The Newcastle squad is finally get back to full strength for the weekend visit to Aston Villa on Saturday, and that’s good because we just have to start picking up some points in the league.
Kevin Keegan – almost a full squad to choose from
Since he returned to manage Newcastle United 3 weeks or so ago Kevin has not had many players to choose from because, he had Emre suspended, Barton unavailable because of his travails with the English Justice system, and four of our players, Faye, Beye, Martins and Geremi away on African Cup of Nations duty.
Now all of those missing players have returned expect for Geremi, although Martins looks doubtful because of an ankle injury he picked up. Also Enrique looks fit after he and Charles Nâ€™Zogbia both played 90 minutes in last night’s U-21 game when Spain beat France 2-0 in Benidorm.
Keegan told the Official Newcastle United site today:
“It will be nice to be honest to have a few more players to pick from.â€
“This is a small squad at the moment and that shows by the fact we’ve had to use a lot of our younger players from the bench in recent games.â€
“But now we’ve got a few back, certainly Habib and Abdoulaye will be available, and I’ve got a couple of decisions to make.â€
“That’s always a good thing and it’s what every club aims to have.”
One thing that is a little worrying is that last weekend 3 teams beneath us in the league â€“ Wigan, Fulham and Bolton all won and picked up 2 points on us.
We just have to start picking up league points, so at least we are safe this season, which has been little short of disastrous for Newcastle.
In our last 8 league games we have only 3 draws with 5 defeats, and thatâ€™s just a terrible record that we need to improve on â€“ quickly. The last time we won in the league was at Craven Cottage when we won 1-0 against Fulham on 15th December last year, and that took a penalty in the 92nd minute from Joey Barton. 🙁
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