Of the first-team group that leaves only Joey Barton and Alan Smith, both expected to be back in January, and Damien Duff, less than a week away from his return, on the sidelines.
Joe Kinnear – man in black – happy at new competition for places at Newcastle
Joe Kinnear is pleased that most players are fit right now, apart from Smith, Barton and Gonzalez, who are long term injuries who will return next year.
Joe told nufcTV today:
“It’s very competitive in training now, which I like a lot,” “You can see a difference now from when I first came in because the competition for places means the tempo has increased as far as training sessions are concerned.”“Everyone is chomping at the bit to get in the side and I’ve got some difficult decisions to make.” “But if I’ve got to leave good players on the bench then it’s great to have those sort of players there who can change games.”
“It gives everyone a lift when you look at the bench and, like Saturday, see someone like Mark Viduka.” “I’ve got a few decisions to make again this weekend, but I’m more than happy to do that.”
Joe will be hoping to make that competition for places even greater come the end of January.
If we can add three top players to the squad, probably two defenders and a central midfield player, our squad will start to look stronger, and hopefully we will move up that league next year.
It also looks like Joe doesn’t need to let any players go, to generate transfer funds.
Hey, it even feels that things are starting to look up at Newcastle, and that’s a nice feeling. 😀