With Coloccini and Williamson both being injured and Steven Taylor still almost 4 weeks away from being fit, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is today mulling over whether to bring in a new center-back on loan for the rest of the season.
Chris Hughton mulls over emergency loan signing
It seemed in January that Newcastle were going to take no chances at all in ensuring that the lads get promoted this season.
If they can make the leap back to the Premier League in May, the club’s finances will improve dramatically, but another season down below will necessitate the wage bill having to be cut significantly before next season.
And that’s why it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle bring in a loan player before Saturday’s game at Bristol City.
We have to remember there’s just 6 weeks (from yesterday) left of the season, so it was an awful time for Williamson to fracture his hand, with games starting to come at two a week.
One thing Chris and the staff will be doing today is searching around to identify who may be available and Hughton has until March 25th to make emergency loan signings.
Chris talked about it today:
“It’s one I need to think about.” “Losing Mike is a big blow, because he’s going to be out for that period of time.”
“Steven Taylor’s still the same period of time away from being fit. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the next day or so.”
“I’ve got to think about what we’ve got, and whether we can cope with what we’ve got.”
“Probably more importantly I’ve got to assess Colo and how he’s going to be.”
We would say that if Chris has any doubts at all about the center-back position, then bring in an experienced player, and don’t take any chances at such a crucial point in the season.
Maybe Andy O’Brien, the former Newcastle center-back now at Bolton, who was signed by Bobby Robson for the Magpies, could come in and get the job done for his former club.