Strength Of Newcastle Squad Now Seems Woeful

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?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Xavi

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    i am disappointed about losing in the FA cup, but for me the bigger picture is staying up and getting some stability back.

  • IrishMagpie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed why would we want to sign a top class holding midfield player in this window?
    Tiote is top class, when his suspension is over who do you leave on the bench? Tiote? Or this new top class guy who would no doubt be on top wages too?

    Gosling can play in a few different positions and one of them is the holding role in midfield isn’t it?

    There are other areas that need strenghtening and DM is not a priority in my opinion.

  • ds85

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    The overreaction in this article is ridiculous. We’ve consolidated our premier league status well so far this season with some remarkable results. Our top players are performing WHEN IT MATTERS, which is the league, and ensuring survival. The tone of this blog would be understandable if we were struggling, but we’ve just beaten West Ham 5-0. I thought the aim of this blog was to provide an informative, reasoned perspective on NUFC. As it stands, articles like this are a joke.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Ok, we are out of the FA cup in a game we should have perhaps should have won. But look at the logic behind it, we now won’t play as many games, therefore reducing the risk of players being burnt out. It also gives us our only focus as the Premier league, as it should be.
    And Tiote never deserved a red, a yello at most, referee was disappointing at times yesterday.
    Bring on the Monkey Mackems.

  • munch27

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Looking at the piss poor effort of yesterday our priority is a Winger Routledge was bullied of the ball all the time , be this a L or R winger they must be quick and strong.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    “Newcastle have appointed controversial Iranian businessman Kia Joorabchian as their football advisor.”

    Is this good news or bad news?

  • ds85

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Cheik played at West Brom.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Malaysia- very good news, we would have first dibs on his players.

  • nuttyward

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    ime not as upset at the result but in the way we performed.
    when you are getting £40,000 a week you expect a little more than what i seen .
    i fully agree premier league survival is the ultimate and the priority this year ,but that was imbarassing last night.
    ime only glad that performance was out the way before we play the scum

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Get a life u lot. There isn’t a decent right back at the club. Simpson is no better than Perch. There isn’t a decent centre half at the club, and please don’t give me Shirley Temple. Study your videos over the time he has been here and tell me how many times he has won the first ball in the air from set pieces in either penalty area. You’ll only need one hand. We haven’t got one decent wide player’ including Jonas who spends more time on his arse or adjusting his hair ribbon, than crossing decent balls.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    What Ashley needs to understand is that the january window is not a ‘spending period’ (which probably has him hiding his wallet), but a SQUAD IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY. Thats the big difference.
    We missed the bus when we failed to improve the squad under SBR when we had qualified for the CL, and look what happened.
    Time waits for no man, and Sol Campbell will be evn older, Alan Smith will be even slower, Danny Guthrie is gonna be even worse, Ranger will still not have proved himeslf good enough, Perch will be even worse, and Shola will still be useless when the next window comes around…..

  • wallio

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    ds85 totally agree mate. Major over reaction. I agree it was an unacceptable performance from the lads and also agree that the manager should not be coming out with such excuses for professional players but the majority of those players have fought their club against Wigan and West Ham after a difficult Christmas period where we played two of the best attacking teams in the country (Man City & Spurs) and I expect they are probably very tired. To start saying that we are again threatened with relegation after yesterday is ridiculous.
    We do however need to address members of the squad!! For the life of me I do not see what Peter Lovenkrands offers on the pitch! He generally shows no fighting spirit and for me needs replacing!! The likes of Perch, Routledge & Best are not consistent performers and Alan Smith looks like he has nothing left in the tank. Nile Ranger at the minute is NOT good enough and people who are pushing for him to start are way off the mark!! He struggles to control the ball and it is clear that he has an attitude problem which needs addressing (this is something that everyone who comes in to contact with him thinks as well).
    Also am I the only one who thinks Tiote should not have been sent off? He did leave the ground but it did not look two footed to me and he wins the ball. It is the reaction of the Stevenage players that makes it worse and for me it was a booking at most.

  • nufc4lyf

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    the lads have done well this season we are in a good league position but in honesty i think we need tiote against the scum or i am worried about what result we can pick up. he brakes up the play very well but it also gives the other midfielders a chance to get forward as they know they have tiote holding it up behind them. poor result and poor display but we need 2 support our team, 1 defeat in 3 games and the door and gloomers are back in force, cant say im suprised. Support the club not hinder it with your negativity

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Every single player who was present yesterday should know what they have to do to redress the balance. If they thought Stevenage were ‘up for a scrap’, how do you think the Mackems will be next Sunday, after the almighty rogering we gave them at SJP. Make no mistake, yesterday was a training exercise by comparison, and they need to get thier heads round it quickly because next week will be twenty times more frenetic, and they better be up for the fight and no mistake. Cowards and shit bags need not apply.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    wallio, I agree with your interpretation of Tiote’s red card, I dont even think it was a booking. He should not even have been on the field to be honest and I think Pardew wants a kick up the arse.

  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    tiote was never a red card,hope that lot get a really shit draw in the next round crawley town at home or somethin and get chinned lol

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Crawley town will not get pat Derby, becasue Derby will have a FULL team out, not half a one.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Alan Smith is the worst player EVER to play for Newcastle United !!!!

    Cant wait for him to retire or move to other club – whichever come first!!!

  • Irish-Toon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Get a grip you lot, don’t you think all the doom and gloom is a slight over reaction. I don’t give a stuff about yesterday, staying in the prem was always the goal this season and I’m glad we got knocked out yesterday. I would have played a team of youngsters rather than half the first team, but what it did show is that even playing against a team a couple of divisions lower than us, Routledge and Perch are still sh*t

  • wallio

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    I can think of a few worse then Alan Smith!!

    Gary Brady
    Carl Serrant
    Amongst others!!

    Smith did a decent job last season & started the season well before Tiote came in. He looks to me like he’s lost interest & if that is the case he should move on!!
    I just can’t put my finger on who we will bring in this month. People keep mentioning unrealistic targets but we need to realise that gone are the days on big transfer fees & wages! We should be hunting through the lower leagues to improve the squad & continue to bring through young players as we have done recently. You add to that the odd signing like the Ben Arfa one & on our day I don’t think Newcastle are a million miles away from pushing for Europe. Lets take a chance on the likes of Charlie Austin, Connor Whickham or Max Gradel.. It hasn’t done Blackpool any harm with that Matt Phillips or going back a few years Tim Cahill for Everton.

  • leedodd

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21

    AT the end of the Day the FA Cup Disaster was Not Accepable. The Fat Controller wont Get any Buyers to sell to and Certain Players Know who they are and Have to Get There Finger Out .
    Smith Has to Go and Sol Campbell but at the end of the day we are doing ok in the league we have to secure that . Maybe in a way it was better to go out of the cup sooner rather than later but not to a lower league side. Mike Ashley needs to spend some cash to get 3 decent premier league players to keep us up as if he doesn’t he may be spending farr more again if we get relagated !!!!

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Lets get one thing straight here. We are NOT in a comfortabel position in th eleague. two defeats on the trot and we will be right back in the clarts. Staying up is top priority, and if Ahsley wants to start dreaming of wembley, europe and trophies he needs to sanction 7 or 8 more denec signings, or keep his stupid hole shut. Ditto Pardew, if he thinks we are ‘comfortable’ then I want to hear his shite in a months time, because we could easilly be in the bottom 3 if they play like they did last night. Look at the fixtures.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    ** decent signings ,sorry

  • fergie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Smith was beyond woeful. He needs to go.

    Match Ratings:

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Over reacting a bit ED – Yesterday was soooo embarrassing but premiership survival was always our main aim.
    SMITH IS USELESS and it’s like playing with 10 men when he’s on.

    I CAN’T STAND THE GUY! Every time he plays he gets booked for ridiculous tackles that make Bramble look like Puyol. He gets a card and has that stupid smirk on his face! What an asshole. If that’s what managers think is a professional midfielder then hell I have been one all my life come get me!!

    The worst news is that Pardew has come out and defended Smith saying he’s going no where even when Leeds want him back!! That’s hard to take as Smith offers nothing just yellow cards and suspensions.

    We should sign ASAP : Max Gradel, Larsson, Micah Richards and Ziani on Loan.

    And Loan out: Ranger, Kadar, Smith (selling would be better).

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh and ED – I love the blog and think you do a fantastic job every time but I have to say that in this article you’re being a hypocrite and being our mos6t negative supporter. I know you’re hurting after last nights shocker but negative articles like this one don’t help and only fuel the anger and frustration from last night. We need to back the players, the manager and the board. If we keep moaning we won’t get anywhere. Only a couple of days ago you were praising the team and now you dislike the lot. From hero to zero in a few days. We can’t be as fickle as that Ed you know that.

    The most important game is the next one so let’s all concentrate on beating the scum and forget last night’s horror show!!

    We are Newcastle UNITED so don’t forget that!!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Yesterday was awful but haveing supported the Toon since 1955 I can remember getting beat by the likes of Bedford, Peterborough, Hereford and many more humiliating results. The thing is we usually come back with a good result when we lost to Hereford we went to Old Trafford and beat Man U. So I am expecting a good result at the Stadium of Sh*te next Saturday

  • balubas1

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed!!!! Take it easy now… It was the FA Cup for christ sake. Enough with this doomsday journalism. We have signed Ben Arfa and have back to back wins in the premier league.

  • geoff777

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Not great getting knocked out of the FA Cup but …

    1. Their opener was a fluke.
    2. Tiote shouldn’t have been sent off.
    3. Joey’s goal was a beaut. Nice one Joey!
    4. Thought the excuses by Pardew were pathetic.
    5. Remember you can’t take it with you Mike … have fun while you can?

  • geoff777

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry forgot.

    6. Congrats to Stevenage gutsy performance. Good luck in the next round.

  • Sav

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Stevenage played out of their skins yesterday and its ‘well done’ to them. The difference between top players and lower division layers is not so great as the difference in their salaries. When we decide to have a collective off-day, and the opposition have a good one, we get mullered.
    By the same token, we are not truly 6 goals better than Villa, or 5 better than Sunderland or West Ham.
    I think you were beginning to believe the hype before yesterday’s game, Ed. We were never that good. Especially Leon Best. Sell him while his shit is still hot.


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