Newcastle are now struggling with injuries, which has weakened their squad significantly.
Ashley and LLambias – Newcastle should hire an experienced Chairman
And when you look at what the Newcastle club did in January, it’s easy to see how they didn’t help themselves one little bit, and now we are struggling because of that.
Most clubs strengthen their squads in a transfer window, but Newcastle managed to weaken their squad in January.
They did that by letting Andrew Carroll move to Liverpool on the last day, and no replacement (OK Shefki Kuqi) was brought in.
Both Routledge and Xisco were moved out on loan, and the only player brought in during January was an injured Stephen Ireland, from Aston Villa.
And remember that Newcastle had to play Danny Simpson out on the right wing last Saturday, and while Wayne is nowhere near world class, he is a decent right winger.
And of course Stephen Ireland has been injured since January, and when he recovered from his ankle injury, and was ready to make his debut against Everton, he picked up a thigh injury in training and is out at least another two weeks. Oh my.
So Ireland has not played one minute for Newcastle so far – and to be fair Newcastle did sign free agent 34 year-old journeyman Shefki Kuqi in February, as a back up to the strikers.
Newcastle managed to sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool, arguably our best player, and on the very same day sent Xisco, a striker, out on loan.
If we had kept Xisco on Tyneside, it would have at least given the player, who is paid £50K/week by Newcastle, a chance to show what he can do – and early in the season the lad looked quite good out on the left wing.
And some of the relegation teams managed to strengthen their squads, as Wolves brought in Jamie O’Hara on loan from Spurs, and West Ham brought in several new players, to mention but two of the relegation clubs.
We have to hope that Newcastle do not make the same errors in the summer transfer window, but honestly, when we have people at the top knowing nothing about running a football club, and treating it more as a hobby, we still may not get what we want in the summer.
We’ve always said that Newcastle should appoint an experienced Chairman, who knows the game and what needs to be done – and having Mike Ashley’s friend, Derek LLambias running the club, just isn’t cutting it.
Newcastle should hardly be complaining about all the injuries the club have, because the club didn’t plan for the worst, but seemed to plan for the very best case, and that’s always a very risky business.
When that happens, as we’ve said before, Murphy’s Law always clicks in – and if something can go wrong it will – and it has.