Newcastle Squad Too Small – Injuries Already Mounting Up


Newcastle have had one friendly game and they already have injury casualties from that single game.

Shane Ferguson – will miss season start

And it seems that both players, Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson, who were  injured in the first half of the game on Friday night, will now miss the start of the season in 25 days time.

It’s a good job the team fared better in the second half, well at least as far as injuries go, but Danny has an ankle injury – not a groin injury as we had first thought – and young Shane has a leg injury.

The club has not fared well at all as far as injuries go, since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside last December, and the bad luck seems to be continuing.

This is what Alan Pardew said from Kansas City today:

“It’s not particularly great news on either of them.”  “It’s looking like neither will be ready for the start of the season.”

“Fergie has probably got more chance than Guthrie.”  “It’s OK, we can cope, but if we lost another two, then it won’t be OK.”

“I wouldn’t say we’re on a knife-edge with injuries, but our squad isn’t particularly big.”

It’s rather surprising but Newcastle have lost Kevin Nolan, Sol Campbell and Shefki Kuqi this summer and have brought in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid,  so we don’t see the squad being much bigger at all  this season.

That’s especially true with some of our youngsters going out on loan next season, like Kazenga Lua Lua, Sammy Ameobi, Ryan Donaldson and others, and some players may be still sold before September, such as Wayne Routledge, Nile Ranger, Leon Best and possibly some others too.

The Newcastle squad is just too small, as it has been over the last two seasons, and if  Newcastle are going to have the level of injuries they’ve seen over the last seven months or so, the team could be in trouble as far as numbers  go.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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93 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    He said last week squad is to big now its not make your mind up

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    @1

    Maybe he means the tour squad is small, since he left all the ASBO’s at home!

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  • haha yeah

    First he said the squad was too small, Then it was too big, today its “Not particularly big”

    wow.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    hahaha eaststand very good point

    Poor Pardew he blatently is told what he can and cant say in each interview and they just make him look a t*t

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  • samigee14

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    basically we have let andy carroll go on a free transfer. are we going to spend the money? doubt it

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Tomorrow our squad will be twice the size as it is today thats what he will say i reckon lol

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Pards is spit the dog

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  • ronaldeano

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    The squads too small is it?
    We have 30 million so sort that out, don’t we?….

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I like to think before each interview Pardew reads his little notes that tell him what to say then looks to the sky and just thinkings FFS

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Vive does anyone know how big our squad is its different every week

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  • geoff777

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve long suspected Pardew’s brain and mouth are not connected.

    The guy contradicts himself all the time.

    How can we believe a word he says.
    Mind you that puts him in good company.

    Get some money spent on players is the answer?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Wwjbd i reckon lamiarse stands at the back of the room with que cards lol this is a bad post doom and gloom all the way on this one haha

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Its like stocks buy buy buy

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Wasn’t Pardew saying last week that the squad was too big & he had to get rid of people what a load of BS

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    haha i said that the other day.

    a couple of weeks ago are squad was to small.
    then it was to big.

    then a couple of days later.it isn’t particualy big ????
    i give up!! lol

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  • Burni

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    geoff,

    just about to say the same thing.

    less than a week ago he was saying we need 1 tops 2 new players as the squad is big enough. Now its “the squad isnt particularly big”

    He is just a mouthpiece hope his actions relayed through the players on the pitch next season are better.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha ha “but our squad isn’t particularly big.”

    What a flippin joke this guy is. That’s what happens when you lie, you keep contradicting yourself.

    As for the brainwashed who keep putting up with this drivel, good luck to you all. Continue to have Ashley n co. make mugs of you all.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    pardew must have an earpiece in his ear.
    with weres wolly(llambias) telling him what to say.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    eaststand haha aye I know mate but hell am getting my doom and gloom on today 😉

    Though I have nothing against Pardew he is just gettign shat on like the rest of us

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  • Kris

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    For me I would like to see we do this buisness over the rest of the transfer window.

    Out:
    Perch – please just go, you looking too funny to be a football player
    Ameobi – defo out for me
    Smith – if we can get a new CM
    Routledge – if we can get a new winger

    In:
    New striker – quick and a great finisher
    New RW – fast and good crossing-ability
    New CM – Who can play in AM and as box-to-box
    New LB/RB cover – A player that can appar in both LB/RB?

    Than I would be more than happy!

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  • geoff777

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    @WWJBD

    True to a point but he’s also the “frontman” who is spinning the lies.

    Mactoon is right.

    When you lie, you keep contradicting yourself.

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  • mattnufc

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew starting to annoy me..

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Wwjbd agreed there like pards is in ashleys debt so he cant do nothing about it its making him look a rite bell end someone needs to speak the truth now and say we need more players all the fans are but we need pards to tell fat c@nt that we do but he wont he will just tell him weve got to many

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  • numba9

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    pardew u daft man get off jabbas knee u puppet as hughton learned to do, oh wait then u r out of a job!! someone has to stand up and be counted

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Guthrie gosling smith tiote barton cabaye…..we have 6 centre midfielders…plus vuckic.

    Then we have routledge, marvuex, guti, hba, fergie, lovenkrands who are wingers plus abeid, barton, sammy etc.

    Two players for every position is a good squad and we have more than that so dont seem to small of a squad to me.

    I signed up to nufctv and listened to a few interviews. Pardew was extremely suprised with abeid and was really complementary.

    Another thing also i read marveux quoted as saying we werent his first choice but hes happy to be here. Well that was taken way out of context….he was asked about the other french lads and he said that wasnt his first choice, meaning he didnt pick newcastle because of the othrr french players.

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  • TOONARMY4LIFE

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #26

    i thought our squad was too big…

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    “I wouldn’t say we’re on a knife-edge with injuries, but our squad isn’t particularly big.” – So buy some players Alan….you tit!

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  • MacToon

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    numba9, KK stood up against him and proved Ashley to be a liar. Oh how I miss his (KK’s) honesty at our club.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #29

    geoff777

    Yeah true but I cant get on his back to much as we all know how horrible it is to work for Ashley and we all know if he stepped even a foot out of line in any public way he would be out the door and his public image would be ripped apart by the Ashley lawyers

    Plus he is at a level that he will, more than likely, never reach again if he is sacked so personally I cant hold it against him that he does as he is told

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #30

    You honestly counldn’t make it up.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    i dont even blame pardew,to be honest.
    its clearly batman & robin,telling him what to say.
    pardew is just there to take the flack.in my opinion.

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  • numba9

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #32

    @28 spot on mate thats what a fergie or mourinho would do aswell good old kev

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Nolan Roux or Shane Long – £7m each

    Which would you go for?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    ASHLEY OUT ASHLEY OUT

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Pardew probably isn’t saying half of what’s being quoted, even if he is it’s easy to print one line of what he says and not put it in context.

    The guy can’t win anyway, it doesn’t matter what he says or who we sign there’s always going to be some on here who will whine and moan about it.

    I’ve been a Newcastle fan since 93 and been coming on the blog since it started and i can’t believe the way things have gone on here the last 12 months or so.

    It used to be good craic on here and i liked hearing local peoples views and info on the team, reserves and youngsters as i get to very few matches and there’s feck all printed about Newcastle in the papers.

    Most of the guys i talked to back then seem to have moved on now though and been replaced by a bunch of seemingly clueless kids and moaning old women. There are still a few on here who seem dead sound and make good convincing points and arguments but it’s nothing like it used to be.

    It’s a real pity ’cause this used to be a great place to come every day and spend an hour or so, not anymore.

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  • veto

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #36

    ive been moaning about this for years , far to small a squad ,
    if your looking at the full 25 man squad we have one of the weakest in the PL , it only needs a cpl of injurys to us and any plans we have go down the drain as we play patch up untill we get people back from injury

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #37

    @Robby Bobson- So Pardew was really complimentary about Abeid. So next week he will tell us that he is not ready and needs time to adapt. He can’t help but stick his foot in his mouth every time he opens it.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Begging for a figure head to step up is rather daft in my eyes….if someone in the employment of Ashley steps up they are sacked or sold

    If we want someone to stand up for the fans couldnt the ‘NUFC Societies’ band together and organised stuff? Just a question I want to throw out there

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #39

    So we have a biggish small squad.Im happy with that totally Zen.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Richyg Long because I have never seen Roux play….and it would hurt having Nolan in the squad again so soon

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