Big Mistake To Risk Jose Enrique – Too Many Injuries

One of the things we didn’t like about Graeme Souness when he was manager at Newcastle, is that he always wanted players to play – even if they were only 80% fit.

Jose Enrique – in action yesterday

And of course while Graeme was at the club Newcastle had loads of injuries, and Graeme even suggested all the hamstring injuries the Newcastle players picked up, was something to do with the playing surface at the Benton training grounds.

And while we were delighted that Jose Enrique started the game yesterday after passing a fitness test just before the game, it turned out he wasn’t fit enough and was replaced after only 22 minutes by young Shane Ferguson.

And of course the young lad once again showed what a smashing player he’s going to be, and that makes things even worse, because Shane  could have done the whole  job yesterday.

Jose could then have had another full two weeks to recover from his hamstring pull, before the Wolves game, and now we don’t know if he’ll even make it.

Of course the way Shane played yesterday, makes that not such a big blow as it may have been.

Pardew said this today:

“We genuinely thought on Thursday Jose would not start, but he felt very, very confident he would be fine so we went with that.

“Sometimes you go with a player’s feelings if they think their injury is fine, but it just started to tighten up on him.

“We thought, without risking him, we had to take him off.” “Perhaps the only bonus for us was (Shane) Ferguson, who did very well when he came on.”

Newcastle are picking up too many injuries in training, with Leon Best being the latest to pick up an injury in training, on Friday, and he missed the game yesterday.

And of course Stephen Ireland and Joey Barton also picked up their latest injuries in training, so what’s going on?

In Chris Hughton’s short but so successful spell on Tyneside, Newcastle didn’t have too many injuries.

And that well have been because Chris never risked a player who was not 100% fit, and that seemed to pay off with very few injuries last season, and that was good because the squad was so small.

It’s still too small today, and many would ask why that’s still the case, but these injuries the side is  getting are decimating the squad.

But Alan Pardew cannot use that as any excuse for the poor performances of late, and Newcastle need to get back on their winning ways, and Alan Pardew will feel the heat on Tyneside this week, with two successive defeats.

Not only that but we seemed so poor in defense yesterday and yesterday’s game was not unlike the Bolton debacle.

Now we have to wait a long two weeks before the lads can make amends against Wolves ………… hopefully.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m fed up
    I’m fed up with a hopeless manager who has no idea how to organise an average team to at least make it work efficiently
    and I’m fed up spending 10 minutes writing a post only to find its allready moved on to another page – its like running for a bus and finding it has already gone! slow down!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m no football genius. In fact compared to a lot of people on here I know very little. But I do think we will stay up and if a novice like I can see it then Ashley must be able to see it. We need to spend money in August. A lot of money… !

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    True supermacnumber9. Ed if you want people to vote for players then you’re going to have to carry the vote on to every post otherwise with the amount of posts you do it’ll be insignificant in half an hour.

  • geoff777

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Great that José Enrique was so keen to play.

    If his heart was in Milan he wouldn’t have pushed himself like that.

    Fantastic attitude.

    Ferguson looks to be a great prospect.

    No idea what Pardew was doing with that formation – terrible idea.
    Pardew sees Campbell day in … surely he can tell he’s too slow.
    I hope we don’t see him in B&W again.

    Yesterday the game was lost by Pardew & Ashley before a ball was kicked.
    Pardew for stupid tactics (scared of Stoke’s aerial threat so we change our system? To one we’re unfamiliar with?)

    Ashley for his greed in the transfer window.
    We have such a small squad … it puts too much pressure onto the gutsy, driven core of quality players that we’re lucky we have.

  • shpetmeister

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    supermacnumber9 : hahahahaahah im so with u brother:P

    and thoose who is intrested in my oppinion, probably none, but yesterday, i had just one question in my mind, when they went 2-0 and 3-0 wtfffff took him so long to take OUT CAMBELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    GG – yes, I think we will stay up, but that is based on getting a certain number of points (between 8 -11) and no one knows what we need, but 8 may do it if we beat wolves, raise our moral and quickly polish off 5 more. Otherwise we may need more and I dread the prospect of a last day climax needing a result at home to wba – it just doesn’t bare thinking about.

  • spitfire_

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    ?specially for Enrique, the doctors of the club have the final word, not Pardew. The same doctors which allows to take injured player ON LOAN… same for Gosling… i dont know how many times in the previous season we have problems with injuries and how many times some players are on the verge of comeback… and then they have another injury… just like Gosling now. For me the doctors are incompetent and we must saw transfers there.
    The formation was totally wrong, especially the part with grandpa Sol, but as regards to Enrique… the doctors are to blame.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Surely with Jose doubtful for the next one and Tiote out,we can go with something like:

  • Phil K

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #9

    The third bottom team I believe is going to go down with a record number of points, going by the bunching. There are no teams out of it. The team that has totally lost it’s way, due to the rank stupidity of doing nothing in the transfer window, and losing our brightest young striker we have had for decades, and bringing in a deadbeat sick note waver from Villa (we are now beginning to see just WHY Houllier wanted Ireland OUT) well, it’s Newcastle.
    WE are the team dropping like a sodding stone.
    Injuries, suspensions, an already threadbare squad not filled out due to the incompetence of Pardew and the reluctance to part with money of Ashley.


  • BigKirky

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Judging by Peter lovenkrands’ ineffective displays, i think that he’s going to have to rely on Nile. Even if he hasn’t scored yet and it is the lads attitude which is stopping him get a regular start. He looked far better than lovenkrands when he came on yesterday and im sure once he gets a goal or two, he will gain a lot more confidence in front of goal, more self belief and will begin to score fairly regularly. Needs must.

  • Davies

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    The size of the squad would have been fine if we weren’t carrying so many injured players. It really didn’t help matters bringing in an already injured player and not much else in the window.

    Though I can’t watch him play in a Liverpool shirt, I understand the sale of Carroll. I just wish there’d been some transfer activity before it happened.

    I just hope we can make it to the end of the season without dropping into the bottom three again.

  • Mohamed

    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Am I the only one that thinks that this injury is a fake? I mean was I the only one watching the Everton game?
    First of all he was too sloppy before the goals, he never tried to go forward or be himself, then we conceded a second goal from a free kick in which he left his mark right at last moment to tap in an easy one like it had nothing to do with him..
    It felt like that neither Colo or Guttierrez wanted to pass to him at that point, and then … comes the ‘mysterious’ hamstring injury with no warnings whatsoever..
    I never questioned this lad’s work ethics before but he ain’t looking like himself these days.
    o and btw, Pardew looked anything but surprised or disappointed by that injury, instead comes the tap on young Ferguson shoulder with all smiles ..


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