Newcastle had three youngsters on the bench last night in 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, and 19 year-olds Nile Ranger and James Tavernier, which is an indication of just how short Newcastle are for experienced players right now.
Peter Lovenkrands – expected to be fit for Sunday
Those three youngsters are going to be good players of course in the future, but are hardly ready to play at Old Trafford yet.
Newcastle had injuries to Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling and Peter Lovenkrands for last night, and Sol Campbell is still not fit, so those six players not being available necessitated Chris bringing in the youngsters.
Hughton does hope to have both Guthrie and Lovenkrands fit in time for Sunday’s important game at home to Aston Villa, which is good news.
This is what Chris said about the two this morning:
“Danny felt his knee two days ago, and Peter felt his groin the day before the game.” “They both travelled, and we expected both of them to be fit.”
“It was a bit of a blow not to have them available, but the fact that they were very close means we’re very hopeful they’ll both be available.”
And we still have no idea how long Ireland International striker Leon Best will be out for, after he suffered an ankle injury last week.
Chris talked about Leon:
“We’re still assessing that one and we’ll make everybody aware when we know.”
So last night the squad was a little threadbare, to say the least, and Newcastle must strengthen the squad over the next two weeks.
We think Mike Ashley is smart enough to know that Chris needs at least three new players in before the end of the month, and we expect them to be drafted in.
But we also have to be patient, as the club are obviously working hard on some deals, and some of the names that have been mentioned are good players to be sure.
We think the intensity of working to bring new players in over these next two weeks, will have been turned up a notch or two after last night’s game.
We hope the intensity of working to bring new players in over these next two weeks, will have been turned up a notch or two after last night’s game. 😀