It’s not hard to see that there have been a lot more injuries in the Newcastle squad, since Alan Pardew arrived in early December.
Alan Pardew – too many injuries
Under Chris Hughton, Newcastle had a paper-thin squad, but last season, Newcastle had their lowest number of injuries in a season for many many years, and that helped the promotion push immensely.
Chris was always very careful not to play players who were not 100% fit, and he always sided towards caution, with any injury.
And even at the start of the season, Newcastle didn’t have too many injuries, but since Alan Pardew has arrived, it does appear the club have had too many players injured in training.
Those include Leon Best, Stephen Ireland, Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique to name but four, and it’s put enormous pressure on the Newcastle squad, as witnessed yesterday when the Newcastle manager had to have four teenagers on the bench.
Newcastle are joint top of the PL injury league with Everton at the moment, and have 7 injuries, but it doesn’t include Shola’s new knee injury he picked up in the last few days.
It’s not that Pardew is playing players half fit either, to be fair to Alan, but it has to have something to do with the training sessions, and it’s looking very like what happened when Graeme Souness was manager at the club, from September, 2004 through February 2006.
Newcastle were always top of the PL injury league, even when Bobby Robson was managing the club, but it became almost an epidemic when Souness was manager, and ultimately those injuries cost him is job in February 2006, after only 18 months in charge.
Glenn Roeder took over, and it was good by the way, to see a very fit and happy looking Roeder at the Aston Villa game yesterday.
Maybe Alan Pardew should go just a little bit easy on the training sessions through the end of the season, so we have enough players fit to play, so the club can get enough points to be safe this season.
But if Newcastle are going to have more injuries under Alan Pardew, then that’s even more reason the squad has to be built up in numbers in the summer, and not just in quality.
What do you think about this?