It is well documented that we have again been crippled by injuries this season, and for today’s game we had 7 senior players unavailable through injury, with Nicky Butt out suspended for one game, for picking up his 5th yellow card last Saturday.
Joe Kinnear – not the first Newcastle manager crippled by squad injuries
Those players injured are Ameobi, Barton, Gonzalez, Martins, Beye, Smith and Cacapa.
And over the last several seasons we have had more than our fair share of injuries so when September came around and we hadn’t brought enough players in.
But of course that was our own fault, and some terrible execution during the last transfer window. And it was rather obvious we would struggle again with injuries because of the still small squad and the resulting lack of quality.
So we now have a chance to strengthen the squad in January, and yes we know it’s not easy and all that, but our Premier league survival literally depends on it.
We also need to somehow get our unfit players playing again, as soon as possible, and somehow try to ensure they don’t pick up injuries during training, although not sure exactly how we do that.
Hughton said after the game today:
“We have got a lot of injuries at the moment. Perhaps we are not able to make changes that we would like to.”
“Last week, Hull City were able to make four or five changes, with strong players part of their squad.”
“We in some areas aren’t able to do that, but we are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will get some back.”
The excuse is running thin, and it should not exist come February – and the signs are good that we’ll be bring in Peter Lovenkrands early next week on a free transfer, and maybe even a couple of players from Glasgow Rangers too – but we need one or two to come in now to give us some momentum in the transfer market.
If we can increase our squad by 4-5 good players in January, we’ll be in so much better shape.
Howay The Lads!!