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.