News today that Steven Taylor will have an operation on his Achilles tendon tomorrow and will now likely be out for the rest of the season.
Steven Taylor – likely out for the rest of the season
This is very bad news for the Newcastle side, but not exactly unexpected, but Steven has still had a terrific season and has been one of Newcastle’s best players this term, and he will be badly missed.
Mike Williamson would have been a good replacement but he is still a couple of weeks from being fit from his ankle problem, and ready to return to training.
James Perch will come in for Taylor next Saturday, and it also seems like Coloccini will miss the game, but the most important thing is to try to get the captain back for the home game against Swansea a week this Saturday.
Fabricio Coloccini left the game yesterday in the first half with a thigh strain, and there’s small chance he could be ready for Norwich on Saturday, but that has to be an outside chance at best.
Perch came on for Coloccini and played quite well after settling down and he will get his chance at center-back – starting this Saturday.
This is what James had to say today:
“We lost two center-halves on Saturday, which is not ideal for any team and we have only got those two centre-halves, really,”
“It looks like we are going to have bodies filling in and doing the best we can do. That’s all we can do.”
“I have had this question since I was 16 years old, ‘Where do I prefer to play?’ and it’s one of those.”
“Whichever one I say, I always tend to do the other one the week after, so I am just going to say I like playing football and wherever I play, I am happy with it.”
Perch has 15 appearances for Newcastle so far in his career, with 6 of those coming this season, and we have to hope he can get the job done for the side, but we expect Newcastle to bring in a center-back in January.
Alan Pardew will no doubt drill the back four a lot this coming week.
And there’s no doubt the manager will have his work cut out in training this week as he tries to get Perch and whoever else will partner him on Saturday, to form some understanding at the back.
It’s a huge blow to Newcastle that Steven Taylor will miss the rest of the season, and it just shows you how very thin the squad really is.
We have a new poll out which asks who should be the two center-backs on Saturday, but we are so thin that we couldn’t think of too many players who can play there, who are fit.
I almost put myself in there – but I cannot find my boots. 😀
Let us know what you think.