With Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson and James Perch all out injured at the moment, it seems like we are not the only ones getting a wee bit worried about the Newcastle defense situation.
Chris Hughton – a little worried about his back four
Chris Hughton has admitted in the Journal this morning, that his back four was rather worrisome as Newcastle were beaten 2-1 at Norwich City on Saturday.
Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini both got 45 minutes each, and of course promising 18 year-old right back, James Tavernier, played the whole 90 minutes at center-back and was very impressive – it’s always good to see a good youngster come in and show what he can do.
The game on Saturday showed Chris that the back four has to be his immediate priority in the transfer market – and news this morning that he could be bringing in Jlloyd Samuel from Bolton Wanderers soo
The 28 year-old will give Newcastle some experienced cover across the back four – assuming he finally arrives on Tyneside – hopefully this week.
Chris said today:
“Probably defense is the area where we’re a little bit light with injuries to Steven Taylor and James Perch,”
“When you think we had young James Tavernier, who is normally a right-back, playing at centre-back, young Shane Ferguson at left-back and Wayne Routledge playing in a very unfamiliar right-back position, defensively we are stretched.”
“I was disappointed that we didn’t keep the ball well enough – there were spells in the second half when we did, but we needed to do better.”
The defeat indicated that Newcastle’s squad is still not big enough and does not have enough quality – yet – and we hope that’s remedied come September.
But again, it’s a pre-season game, one in which Chris was also trying out some youngsters to give them their chance to shine, so we probably shouldn’t read too much into one game.
“You can’t read too much into it. You only have to look at other results,”
“I won’t name names but I’ve seen other Premier League sides who’ve already lost a couple of games and I’m sure they’ll be prepared right for the first league game.”
“At this stage Norwich are ahead of us with their games and that was the kind of competition we want at this stage of pre-season.”
Jlloyd Samuel isn’t a world class player by any means, but at 28, Jlloyd still has some 4-5 good years left in him, and the big advantage to the Newcastle squad is that he has enormous experience in the Premier League – and we’d like to see him come to Newcastle sooner rather than later.
What do you think?