If yesterday’s side was representative of the strength of the Newcastle United squad, then we should all be terrified of being relegated again this season.
Mike Ashley – we hope he was furious with yesterday’s display
For maybe the first time since we were relegated in May of 2009, we saw a Newcatsle display yesterday of timidity and fear, which was completely shameful, and if we get too many more of those performances this season, we will not do very well.
What yesterday’s performance told us, is that Newcastle do not have the requisite strength in the squad, because once a top players is injured or suspended, we become a lesser side.
Take Cheick Tiote as one example – he missed the game at West Brom and he missed starting yesterday’s game.
And what do we get? Two of the worst displays Newcastle have put in this season, and the West Brom surrender even cost Chris Hughton his job.
We like Alan Smith as a person very much, but his displays in those two games seemed to lack any bite or skill, and Newcastle were not half the side they are when Cheick plays.
We cannot see anything but a defeat at Sunderland next week if Alan starts in central midfield, and we stress – this is not something against Alan as a person – it’s simply that he seems not good enough to be able to deputize adequately for Tiote.
That’s just one example of a key player we miss big time, but others include Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and maybe Andy Carroll – and when these five (including Tiote) do not play, then Newcastle don’t look the same side.
If that’s not indicative of a weak squad, we don’t know what is.
How many times did our full-backs get down the wings yesterday with Jose missing?
So if Alan Pardew wants to sign somebody in January, then we suggest he brings in a top class holding midfield player this week – so he can play the next three games while Cheick is suspended.
We understand that Newcastle will appeal Tiote’s dismissal, but it will be turned down, and could even get Cheick a 4 game suspension, if the appeal is thought to be trivial.
Of course, yesterday was only one single game, and we don’t want to have too much of a knee-jerk reaction – and maybe it was just one of those days.
We have to hope that’s the case, but yesterday should have shown the the powers that be at Newcastle, that we now need to bring in more players in January rather then less – as long as the right quality of player is available.
What do you think?