Nicky Butt doesn’t get too many rest days at Newcastle United because of our injury crisis (again), and also the fact that our squad is just far too small this season.
Nicky Butt – 33 year-old doesn’t get much rest
Nicky Butt talked to the Newcastle Journal:
“I have got to be able to play two or three games a week,” “The way we are at the moment I have to keep myself ready and fit for every game.”
“We are short of players, so unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of getting rested.”
“At this club at the minute we don’t have the strength and depth to do that, because of injuries. I have to play in every game I’m available for and I’m not complaining.”
“All I want to do is play football, it’s just a bit heavy on the legs. I’m sure if the manager gets a few players in I will start to get a few games’ rest.”
The Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, along with Dennis Wise are trying to reinforce our central midfield, with a £5m bid for Cameroon international midfielder Stéphane Mbia this week, but that bid was turned down yesterday by his club, Rennes, so maybe we can get the player in the summer.
And Butt can take some inspiration from Ryan Giggs’ brilliant performance in central midfield when the Red Devils played Chelsea last weekend, and Giigs completely bossed the game for United, in their easy 3-0 win.
“Ryan showed against Chelsea that he is a top player who can play anywhere on the park,”
“He has shown he can easily play for a couple of more years yet.”
“I don’t think they will be jealous of me, they are doing quite well themselves.”
Ryan is 35 years old now and two years older than Nicky Butt, so ut shows that players last a lot longer these days than even twenty years ago, because of the much improved training facilities and more emphasis on the correct diets.
Nicky still has a good two years left at Newcastlke, and his vast experience over that time will come in very useful to the club.