Injuries Boost Kinnear’s Case For New Players

We have been hard hit once again by injuries to our squad, and it’s not the first time we seem to have more injuries than other Premier League teams.

Joe Kinnear – too many injuries

But on the bright side of things, it will also gives Joe Kinnear a good case for reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Joe doesn’t seem to know how much transfer funds are available, which isn’t particularly a good sign, but if we can even get loan players in that’s better than nothing.

Joe talked about the injuries today:

“It’s sickening that all the recent injuries have come in midfield,” “We’ve lost Damien Duff, Butt, Barton and now Guthrie and you can’t legislate for that as a manager, not all those players missing at the same time.”

“Joey has absolutely no chance of playing against Portsmouth, he won’t be back for a few weeks yet, but looking ahead to Sunday we’ll probably have Butt and Guthrie back and maybe, just maybe, Duff as well.”

“We have some quality players in the squad, but we have a small squad and injuries and suspensions hurt us,” “Hopefully we will be able to address that in January in the transfer market and we’ll get some better luck on the injury front because it’s been cruel to us recently.”

“There will be money available, it’s just a question of how much.” “I’m still very confident we will not be relegated at the end of the season, but we also know it’s going to be tough for us if we do not strengthen the squad and start getting players back from injury.”

As we have mentioned a few times recently, January is shaping up as a critical month for the club, and Mike Ashley can at least show his good will to fans, even if he never speaks to them, by helping Joe strengthen the squad, even if it means selling some of our fringe players.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Ile

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    So I guess it would be time to change the formation. 4-3-3?

  • The Alchemist

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    It seems to make sense to every nufc fan and staff apart from JFK that 4-3-3 is the way forward. We have a lack of midfielders and an over abundance of strikers! Play Xisco as the hold up striker for 60 mins then bring on duke for the last 30. It saved us last season!

  • adam

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    All –

    Lets drop the ‘Hate Ashley’ stuff till after the window. If he fails to deliver realistic signings and reinforcements then, I then think it is time to act but until then we need to encourage him to invest by filling up SJP and getting behind the club as a whole….

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    adam – good post mate. i agree completely. i’m not a fan of ashley or wise or llambias. but i am a fan of the club and we need to support them and put all our efforts into that rather than shouting “ashley out” from the rooftops. if he fails to deliver in january i feel more action may be needed as i really can’t see anything but a long, hard season with the current squad. but maybe just maybe he’ll see sense and get his wallet out before the value of the club halves after relegation due to lack of investment

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Play 3 up front and let ameobi start with Owen and martins but let Vidukes come on in early in the second half and give him 35 mins at least

  • Elliott

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    If we are after this Vargas on loan from Fiorentina, he looks a perfect signing off spec for our needs. Can play LB, CM and LM, free kick specialist and belts them in from all angles around the box. Whether he can adapt is another matter, could be our left sided Solano if he could, come on Nobby, put a word in with your fellow Peruvian!

    I know it’s you tube and all players can look good, but check out the quality of his left foot, scores about 5-10 goals most pros could only dream of scoring.

  • The Alchemist

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Adam- Good post

    We need to get off Ashley’s back for the moment. We need to give him reason to invest… He says he wants to be able to come back to games…
    To do this he needs to invest in the team and sort out the board!

  • AO

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Arda turan

  • Carlos V

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Vargas is the best talent to come out of my beloved Peru in a decade. However, I believe he is just a better version of Enrique plus the bonus of his freekicks and amazing Riise-esque shot. By this, I mean he is great going forward, but his defending when he is at LB is not the greatest. He can win you games though with one chance to shoot on goal.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree to lay off Ashley for now but if nowt happens in Jan, then I’m back nipping his head, as I can’t see him doing owt!!!
    Also, I think JFK needs to go 4-3-3 but stop taking off Martins, as he’s the only one with any speed now & if we lose him, we lose the advantage of getting a late goal if required, as was against Stoke last week!!!

  • UTD111

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Its worrying Jokin Here doesn’t know how much he can spend in the transfer window…

    On the other hand, he’s only the manager, he doesn’t need to know – as it will be the dwarf doing any spending……(as he did last time..)

  • Sav

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Where did I hear we would have 12 million to spend, if not from Joe?

    All you appeasement merchants would do well to realise there is a full ticket allocation take-up for a ruddy 1.30pm kick-off at Portsmouth on Sunday. That is fantastic support in anybody’s book, no thanks to Sky or the Premier League. The ball is in Ashley’s court as far as atonement goes. He will be judged by his actions, starting with an announcement of commitment to back the manager in January, dealing with expiring contracts and then deals actually delivered.
    Until then……..Ashley Out!

  • Sav

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Can Vargas play the trumpet?

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    433 please…

    Hey Carlos, is Vargas LM or LB, or does he play both positions?..Viva Peru…Get some more like Solano here!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t argue with that sav (12)…

  • samthecat

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Nothing has changed-didnt Kinnear have a meeting with whoever over transfers and what do we get from him-there will be money available but i dont know how much. Great then how do you know which players to target?
    Basically Joe is the coach only-nothing has changed or been learnt from past experience.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Let’s face it:
    1. No good player is going to sign for a club that’s up for sale.
    2. Loans make perfect sense all round. We just need some depth and quality for the 1st team to get us to the end of the season.

    Ashley knows he’s got to protect what’s left of his investment, so I think we’ll see a couple of decent loaners arrive, plus some more young talent via the Violent Dwarf.

    Until then, I agree: shurrup about Ashley, ‘cos just whining on achieves nowt and is getting embarrassing.

  • Carlos V

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #18

    For Peru, he’s been playing LM because we have another semi decent LB so we try to spread our few good players to cover most position as you can understand…

    However, as far as i know, he’s always been a LB, although as i said he’s mostly made his name for his attacking displays.

    PS: Added bonus: Peru is suspended from internationals so no going back for qualifiers and international matches for him! 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Cheers Carlos!..
    …Can we have him at SJP then?..

  • Carlos V

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #20

    By all means if it depended on me! As a NU fan, i’d love to haeva nother peruvian wearing the B&W.

    There is still this reluctance at the back of my mind though, about his defensive capabilities…hes not the tallest… was drpped recently by Fiorentina…dunno…

    Havent followed him at Fiore, but in all the previous clubs h’es played for he’s been inmense…

  • Ex-pat MAG

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Adam are you serious!!!

    Let’s just wait until Ashley screws us over yet again before we show mild discontentment and wait a couple of months before we welcome him back with open arms.

    I am sick of the “lets back Ashley” crap, he is solely responsible for the situation we find ourselves in. When, since we were promoted to the premiership have we ever been in such a state, even with the mismanagement of Freddy Shepherd.

    Do I support the club? Yes 100%, am I behind the club? Yes 100%, am I behind Ashley and his cohorts, not a snowballs chance in hell. Time will not heal any of the wounds this regime has opened, unlike some with short memories

  • Toon Olly

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    vargas is quality!


    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Freddy Adu!!??

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    We’re not saying we should forgive Ashley, we just want people to stop repeating the same old ‘Ashley Out’ crap like a load of toddlers wanting milk! It’s doing nowt but distracting us from winning games, and putting buyers off!

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #25

    how bout a touretts free manager who has at least a clue. ma doesn’t spend by the way. new signings mean selling players and not the ones you’d want to sell. get ready for some more of the same. ma and his crew got the benefit of the doubt last time and look where it got us. you can’t believe a word they say and that includes super bleep i’m afraid. imo, lol.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    where’s me milk mummy? MUMMY where’s me milk?

  • Ex-pat MAG

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #27


    If your are suggesting that moaning about Ashley is the reason we aren’t winning games and the club is not being bought then you are delusional.

    The reason we are not winning games is bad tactics and the reason the club is not sold is the price is too high.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #28

    @Ex-pat MAG
    well said man. couldn’t agree more.


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