Newcastle Cannot Blame Injuries As Excuse This Season

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Jezza

    Apr 10, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely right. Injuries can not be used an an excuse. The only reason injuries have been a problem for us this season is because we haven’t got a large enough squad to cope with the injuries.

    The reason for our predicament is Ashley’s policy of asset stripping by selling good players and replacing them with bad players while making millions of Pounds of profit in the process.

    The squad we finished last season with was barely good enough to avoid relegation, but instead of strengthening that squad, Ashley, with considerable input from the poison dwarf Wise, set about selling the few decent players in that squad, Emre, Faye, Milner, Given and N’Zogbia and replacing them with rubbish like Coloccini, Xisco, Nolan and Taylor while lining his own pocket to the tune of more than £10 million in the process.

    When all is said and done, this is the reason we’re going down. It’s not the fallout from Keegan’s departure or Kinnear’s ineptitude and subsequent absence with health problems, it’s due to the fact that the players we’ve got are simply not good enough. The sad truth is that player for player we are genuinely one of the three worst teams in the premiership and this is all due to Ashley’s policy of putting profits before performances on the pitch.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 10, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree.

    Can’t agree on the profits before performance but though as there are no profits.

    I do think the club won’t go anywhere while Ashley has the club though. He can’t afford to do what is needeed.

  • bennymoob

    Apr 10, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I have moob moobs

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Totally agree Jezza. Even if we stay up, we will have the same again next season. The good news is that JK is coming back so we have loads to look forward to. This club will continue to go backwards as long as MA owns the club. Transfers are a major reason we are suffering so the instigator of the trouble Wise, in typical NUFC style, gets a big payoff for his ineptitude. Normally employees get the sack and nothing for unacceptable performance. I am staying with the Toon til the end of the season but I shall not return until MA is gone. I am season ticket holder, have been supporting Toon for 45 years home and away, so things must be really bad if I’m giving up on the club. Next season there will be 35K for prem and 25k for fizzy, mark my words. Fans are fed up with MA who has destroyed the club. He has taken away our hope. Ashley out and I’ll be back. I will not put another penny in that man’s pocket.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5


    I’m no Ashley fan but I don’t think he can do anything now.

    He can’t afford to invest in the first team and he can’t afford to sell and take a huge hit on his investment.

    Were stuck with him I think. If we go down I honestly believe it could take us 10 years to get back into the prem if Ashley stays.

    He won’t provide cash if we stay up so what chance if we go down?

    We have ableak future whichever way you look at it

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart 79
    We have a bleak future indeed. He has taken away our hope. The only thing which will force him out at a loss is no support in the ground. Playing to an empty stadium would force his hand. A full stadium and things will continue on the same track. NUFC strugggling to get by, rubbish players and MA pocketing the profits. He’s done it 2 years, do you think things will change if he can get away with it?

  • spiderpig

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    what a load of old crock ed.injuries are nearly solely to blame.look how man u are doing now without ferdinand.thats one player.they leak goals every game and you can bet that if they lose rooney and ronaldo they dont score either.look how tame liverpool are without just gerrard and torres.or chelsea without terry,lampard and drogba.these are the best sides in the world with good back ups that dont cut it.weve had upto 11 first teamers out for most of the season.our best midfielder in barton and our best striker in owen.what a rubbish article.stop printing crap

  • bennymoob

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone know where I can get my moobs taken away?

  • Sav

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Stuart, he has to invest, if he has any sense.

    Its like the banks. Newcastle has loads of toxic assets worth a lot less than they are supposed to be. Smith, Ameobi, Viduka and Owen have been a huge drain for little return.
    Ashley may prefer to sell up and move on but the only way he can do that will be at a huge loss.
    It would be cheaper to give Shearer a decent transfer-chest and reinvest in what he has. It largely depends on whether we stay up and that larghely depends on Stoke on Saturday.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #10


  • Chris G

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    bennymoob // Apr 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Anyone know where I can get my moobs taken away?

    Yes, you could try your local Psychiatric Hospital, but they may need to keep you in for observation.


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