Injuries have played a significant role in Newcastle’s downfall this season, but we have injuries every season, and Newcastle are nearly always top of the Injury League Table in the Premier – the only thing we are regularly top of.
Alan Shearer – we just have to get on with it
So we should have either fixed the injury problem, or else had a bigger squad to cope – and we did neither. This is not rocket science after all. But to blame the injuries this season for our position in the league is unacceptable – period – full stop.
We mentioned yesterday that bad planning in the transfer market has put Newcastle in lots of the trouble they find themselves in right now, and left back is just one case in point.
Kevin Keegan was saying over a year ago how we just had to get a specialized left back to fight Jose Enrique for the left-back position, but then we sold Charles N’Zogbia in January and Jose is now injured.
Since Dennis Wise was presumably in charge of doing the transfer deals we could point the finger at him, but he’s gone, and of course we just have to get on with things right now.
Alan Shearer talked about this today:
“We’ve got one left-back and one right-back,” “It doesn’t take a genius to work out you need more than that. But that’s what we’ve got, so we deal with it.”
“Duff is an option, yes. The last time I looked, Ryan Taylor is right-footed, but he can play there. He’s done that before.”
Sébastien Bassong and Habib Beye both trained yesterday for the first time this week, and we expect both to be the central defenders tomorrow at the Britannia Stadium, and it’s looking good that both Joey Barton and Mark Viduka will be fit for Spurs at White Hart Lane a week on Sunday.
Having Joey Barton back should be a major boost, but Mark will take a number of games to get match fit, and he could well get injured before then – such is his injury record on Tyneside.