It would appear that Newcastle will be after at least one full back in the summer transfer market.
Jose Enrique – should be fit to start against Wolves
And that’s even if Newcastle can keep Jose Enrique on Tyneside, which we hope will be the case.
Only yesterday, because of the dwindling numbers of fit and available players at the club for the run-in, Newcastle recalled 19 year-old right-back James Tavernier, from his very successful loan spell at local club Gateshead.
But in order to increase the competition for places at the back, if Newcastle can bring in a top full-back, who can play in either full-back position, then we have to think that would be a good move by the club, and it would put some pressure on both Enrique and Simpson, who are the current first choices at the full-back positions.
If Jose leaves then Newcastle will just have to bring in a top class replacement, and a number of players have already been mentioned including Nigerian International Taiwo of Marseilles, who is a free agent this summer.
And Fab Coloccini has said today the training this week has been more relaxed at the Benton Training facilities, and that’s good so we don’t see any more injuries on the training pitches.
Fabricio talked about the training this week:
“Training has been a little bit more relaxed this week because we do not have a game at the weekend,”“That has been good. It has given us a chance to work on a few things the manager wants to get right.”
“It has allowed us to go into things in a bit more detail than we might have been able to if we had a game this Saturday.” “We have only played two games in the space of one month, then in the next month we have five.” “It’s not really what you expect in English football because there are usually a lot of games all the time.”
“We maybe needed this rest a little bit.” “It has given us a chance to have a bit of a break.” “Most of the players do not have anything wrong with them physically, but we have all been a bit mentally tired and this has given us a chance to get our heads right again.”
“It is also important to get the injured players back because we have a small squad.”
The rest will hopefully allow Jose Enríque to overcome the hamstring problems which had him play only 22 minutes against Stoke, and that was a blow in that game to Newcastle because of his missing experience, although Shane Ferguson came on and impressed immensely.
If Jose doesn’t make it, then it’s almost a certainty that Pardew will give Shane (what a film that was), his very first start in the Premier League, and at St. James’ Park too.
And we are hoping that Stephen Ireland can also remain fit and be able to make his Newcastle debut in that game, but whether he will start the game we don’t know.
But the last thing we want to hear next week is for more of our players to be injured during training, and there’s been far too many of those injuries lately, which we really cannot afford because of our very small squad.
And as we’ve said before, Newcastle could start off the summer transfer window no better in early June than by announcing that both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique have accepted new contracts to stay on Tyneside, and that the club also had two deals for International players to announce.
The potential new signings are what the Newcastle Journal reported earlier this week, that Newcastle have two deals already agreed, as long as the club stays in the Premier League of course.
But if Newcastle can do that, it will significantly raise the spirits of both fans and players alike.
We certianly hope that’s what happens – but first things first, and before that let’s just make sure that Newcastle beat Wolves a week tomorrow – that would be a very good next step, and worth a little celebration that Saturday night too.