With Carroll and Gosling Injuries – More Reason For New Players

We’ve seen with the Dan Gosling case,  that long term injuries can be very difficult to come back from, and of course Dan has been out of action since last March, when he injured the ACL in his knee while playing his very last game for Everton.

Dan Gosling – cruel luck on this lad

And the bad news is that the knee has swollen up, and it has not settled down with the rest he’s had this last week, and so he will be out for a month – but that’s going to be at least a month we think.

It looks like Dan will need to have another operation on the knee, as the club medics suspect there is a floating cartilage in there.

And Andy Carroll’s injury is still a bit of a mystery to everybody, and of course he will be in Sweden today,  and we hope the specialist can quickly get to the bottom of the problems with Andy’s thigh injury.

But we’ve heard some good news too, in fact very good news about our other long term injured player – Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.

And we couldn’t believe it yesterday,  when we learned Ben Arfa had to have an emergency operation last November in Paris, but the news is good and he should return to Newcastle within a couple of weeks.

Apparently he had an infection in the injured leg, which would have stopped the bones from knitting together properly, so the operation solved all of that – and that’s very good.

And there was some real talk that his career could have been over – and that’s what was alarming – to say the least.

But it could well be that Dan and Ben Arfa are not fully fit to play for some time, which is even more reason why Alan Pardew may want to bring in a couple of new players before next Monday night, even if they are both on loan.

It’s a good question whether Newcastle need another striker, but it seems that between Ameobi, Best, Lovenkrands and young Nile Ranger, the lads may be able to get the job done, while Andy is out.

We never even mentioned Spanish U21 International Xisco in there, and as we’ve said before we think the 24 year old wants to see the rest of his 5 year contract out at Newcastle, although he will hardly play in the first team, and he;s on big wages too.

Memories of  Marcelino come flooding back.

But Newcastle may need some wingers, because Newcastle let Wayne Routledge go earlier this month, without first having a replacement in for him, and Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling can both play on the wings, and they will not be available for some time still.

It also seems that Newcastle fans are quietly confident the team can do fairly well in the PL this season, and certainly they have played well since Alan Pardew arrived in Toon, and also had a great start under Chris Hughton, of course.

But anything can happen in the Premier League – as we all found out two years ago.

And we also notice the relegation threatened sides like West Ham and Birmingham are rather active in this month’s transfer market, so we’ll be happy enough to reach say 42 points –  just as quickly as possible.

That’s another 4 wins, and it seems that goal could be helped with a couple of good new players coming in before next Monday night, doesn’t it?

What do you think?

Comments always welcome, but please be civil to other readers, who may have differing opinions on things – how could that be!!

20 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    A winger and striker are needed to push for europe loans id think would be best. Hope we dun get Mutu he will upset the apple cart.

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    i have a feeling we will get no one but then again i also have a feeling we will get SWP and Ireland 🙂 though i am not sure if i want any of them may be ireland but not sure about SWP

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Has coozy been on?

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    no one could honestly say that routledge is better than swp, so it would be an improvement even if only a slight one. swp has a much better positional sense and will run down the wing and then cut inside to shoot or pass. his crossing is probably about on a par with routledge but you wont find him running from right wing to left just to run into a player and lose the ball as often

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    coozy was on last night but didnt have much news other than the rumour that someone was in the jesmond dene or whatever its called

  • DrunkenSteve

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    @ Daneevz –
    I think that Europe would be a bridge to far for Newcastle next season, the squad is threadbare at the moment and we are only compeating on one front.

    I do however agree that a winger is a must and another stiker would be good addition but they must be better than we already have. We are getting to the business end of the season so I dont think signings from lower leagues would perticulaly bolster our squad as they need time to adapt to the pace of the premiership game. Proven EPL or top level experience please…..

    At this juncture I think that it would be wise to spend big on 1 very good player rather than “hit and hope” on a few lower league players.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t expect any new signings before the deadline. If we do then that would be great as long as they are better than what we’ve got.

  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I really don’t understand why we aren’t using Xisco. Nobody can say it’s because he’s not good enough, because we’ve barely seen him play. It’s ridiculous.

    Apparently, he wasn’t prolific at Racing Santander, but I have no idea what kind of service he was getting there. This lad came to us as a bright prospect and has basically been left to one side. Why?

    We say regularly that overseas players take a season to acclimatise to the English game (Colo/Enrique), but if they don’t play, surely they won’t acclimatise.

    I’ve seen Xisco play twice for us (though I know he’s made a few appearances) and he scored in the first and set up AC in the second. He has a bit of pace and a bit of skill, but the managers don’t seem to fancy him.

    Surely we should either use him, or just sell the lad on so he can go and get his career on track? His prospects dwindle with every season he plays as a fringe player.


  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Martins has gone to Birmingham on loan, by the way. I really hope that doesn’t come back to bite us on the back sides.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Davies

    Boro in for Xisco apperntly (according to bbc gossip collum)

  • Stuart

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11


    Maybe he isnt showing enough commitment in training to warrent a first team place?

    Thats the only thing I can really think of, otherwise I dont see why we’re paying his massive wages for him not to play.

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    i heard that xisco was ashleys love child from a holiday he had in spain a few years back

  • DrunkenSteve

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Martins woud have been a good partner for Carol IMO yet would I like to see him back in the famous black and white stripes after he scuttled off when we were relegated? I think not.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m gutted oba has gone to brum he would have been great next to carroll

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    oba was full of sh1t and didnt know how to play a team game. he scored some fantastic goals like the one at spurs and i remember a shot he had against chelsea that was unbelievably but it hit the crossbar. he had bags of talent but we went out of the uefa cup because he couldnt finish his dinner

  • Brutooon

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Xisco and Marcelinho is the same kind of player

  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    What i heard Gosling may need another surgery, a minor one but it will still keep him out numorous weeks 🙁 not a good sign for Arfa lets not rush him back.

    Lua Lua
    Andy Carrol

    James Tavernier
    Fraser Forster
    Jóan Símun Edmundsson
    Ben Tozer

    this is our Injury (loan) list atm its MASSIVE we just cannot let or have cover for these players we have ONE WINGER in Jonas and ONE GOALSCORER UPFRONT in Andy (whos out) all our other strikers dont score! Xisco sis wanted by Middlesbourgh, but i dont see why he dont play ahead of Loven/Best/Ameobi? he looked sharp and really up for it i bet you ANYTHING he seriouslly wants to get a chance and he will take his chance i feel sorry for him just give him a go but Pards wont do that.

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #18

    maybe xisco damaged his finger tendon in pre season, that could explain why hes been out for so long

  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah, I saw that. I’ll be annoyed if that comes back to bite us.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    DrunkenSteve // Jan 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    If I remenber correctly Oba wanted to stay. The management sold him to lower their salary obligations.


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