Nicky Butt is arguing today that the Newcastle squad, in terms of quality if not quantity, is as good as any squad outside the top four clubs in England.
Nicky Butt – we have a good squad but wants to see new players this month
The 33 year old former Manchester United star, who has still to sign his contract extension at the club, believes the quality in our squad is better than mnost people realize.
Nicky, who returns for tonight’;s game against Hull City said today:
“If you look round our squad, it’s as good as any team outside the top four,” “But when one or two injuries start becoming long term, and if there’s a suspension here and there, it starts to get thinner.”
“That’s why hopefully it will be a busy January (in the transfer market) for us.”
Hull City are just two places outside of European qualification, but they are on a bad ruin and in their last 12 league games they have won one, drawn four, and lost seven, and are still 4 points ahead of Newcastle, but with an inferior goal difference.
Newcastle are delicately placed with just 4 points off 8th place and 3 points off the bottom three.
“You look up at teams in the table and think we are better than them, but it has always been said the table never lies and it’s true,”
“Hull have come into the Premier League on a high and carried on in the same vein.”
“You always find one team that comes up every year always seems to do unbelievably well. This year it’s Hull.”
The former England player would just love to see a Cup run, which would give the players confidence they could take into their important league games:
“A cup run is a massive boost for the fans, for the players and for the confidence,” he reflected. “If we can get a good run going, anything can happen.
“The FA Cup is a massively important competition for any club. We are no different. We have a massive fan base, who I’m sure would like to see us go on a run.”
“They will want to see us go to Wembley and even dream of us lifting that cup.”
We’d like to see Nicky Butt and Steve Harper sign their new contracts at the club too, and assume there are no real porblems excpet a little haggling going on.
Milwall beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 last night with an 86th minute winner, so if we can get through tonight’s tie, we will meet Milwall at home a week on Saturday, and a win there would see us through to the 5th round, where we may get an easy draw – like against Sunderland.
But with our recent injuries this week, tonight’s game could be tough, but one way or another, with extra time and penalties, the winner will be decided tonight.
It will be a tragedy if Newcastle go out of the cup tonight.
Howay The Lads!!