The worst thing about yesterday’s 3-0 defeat by Chelsea wasn’t the defeat itself, but that we had both our top center-backs injured and leave the game.
James Perch – replacing the injured Colo yesterday
Coloccini had to leave after about 28 minutes with a thigh strain, and James Perch was introduced to the white hot atmosphere of the game, and after a shaky start the former Nottingham Forest player did quite well – to his credit.
And then near the end of the game Steven Taylor came off and it seems like his Achilles injury is probably a lot more serious, and the Newcastle medics will not know until he undergoes a number of scans but it’s anywhere from six weeks to being out for the rest of the season.
With games against Norwich, Swansea, WBA and Bolton coming up it’s a bad time to lose Taylor and perhaps Colo too, because these are four games the lads could win.
But these injuries had to happen sooner or later this season, because especially at center-back, we’ve played all season with very little cover, ever since top back-up Mike Williamson has been out injured with his ankle injury since the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe.
This is what Alan said after the game yesterday:
“We lost Steven Taylor to what looks like a bad injury.” “They could both be doubtful. Fair play to James Perch, he had to come into that game, a high-intensity game against Drogba etc.”
“He started a little bit shaky, but he just got stronger as the game went on, so I was pleased for James.” He will definitely be playing next weekend.”
“You want your best players, and we have played these three games without being able to select from our best group, which has been a shame for us. But we have come out of it with a lot of credit, I have to say that.”
“Tactically and physically, we have tried to match the best, we have been bold in terms of trying to take the game to the best teams.”
Alan is clear that James Perch will play next Saturday at Carrow Road, and of course he has come in for a lot of criticism from Newcastle fans since he arrived from Nottingham Forest eighteen months ago.
But let’s just remember that this lad trains very hard every day and apparently is a smashing lad, and he will be doing his very best to get the job done for Newcastle United next weekend and in the next games.
Let’s support this lad, he deserves at least that, and I hope he comes into the team and makes a lot of us wrong and plays great for Newcastle, and certainly Alan Pardew seems to have confidence in the 25 year-old.
With Colo almost certain to miss at least the Norwich game – although the good news on the captain is that he’s a good healer – heaven knows who will partner Perch at the back.
Tamas Kadar and James Tavernier are two that have played there in the past, but James is currently out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, so we’ll see if Pardew can recall the 19 year-old.
Danny Simpson has played there before too, but other than that we have no idea who may be coming in, and that’s a measure of how thin the Newcastle squad really is, and we now have to hope the club can bring in a top central defender in January.
It would help a lot if Cheick Tiote could come back in at defensive midfield too, but he’s still a doubt even for next Saturday with his knee injury.
We have to come out and say it would be a real pity if the wheels came off the Newcastle bandwagon this season, because of key injuries.
Getting Colo back quickly would be one thing that would help big time.
What do you think ?