News today in the Journal that the powers that be at Newcastle will be deciding whether to bring in two new center-backs in the January transfer window.
James Perch – becomes important player for Newcastle
The big bad news on Saturday was that with just two minutes left in the game Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles, and he is in London today having an operation that will keep him out of action through the end of the season.
Coloccin is also out with a thigh strain, and with Mike Williamson still a couple of weeks away from returning to training, Newcastle have no recognized center-backs for Saturday’s game at Norwich, and who will partner James Perch is an open question.
Newcastle were already going to bring in a center-back in January so the club has four recognized central defenders, as it seems that Tamas Kadar has no future at Newcastle.
It could be that one of the new arrivals will be PSV defender Erik Pieters, but the negotiations during the summer were hard and rather torturous, and we don’t know if there has been any breakthrough on that front.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the injuries today:
“The injuries are our biggest concern now as we look ahead,” “Colo has a thigh strain, we hope it doesn’t tear. We’ll have to scan them to find out how serious they are.”
“I was pleased with James Perch because he came on in a really intense game against a top player, and although he started shaky he got better as the game went on and that was pleasing.”
“We’ve been a bit unfortunate in these three games, we’ve not had our best squad to pick from, no Gutiérrez, no Cheick, the two centre-halves off the pitch for the last ten minutes, and yet I still look at my team and they’re competitive.”
The center-back problem this season has always been a disaster waiting to happen, as long as Mike Williamson was out of action with his injured ankle since the August game at Scunthorpe.
But injuries are part and parcel of the game of football, which is why the top sides have strength in depth.
We havn’t got that at Newcastle yet, and this could cost us big time through the end of the year, where we have winnable games against Norwich, Swansea WBA and Bolton.
This is what Pardew said about the situation:,
“Once we lost Williamson we were always in trouble,”. “Up until now we’ve been really unfortunate to have them both – Steven Taylor and Coloccini – every week.”
“But at some point in the season you’re going to get into difficult situations and it looks like we’re in a difficult situation – but the spirit of the group will remain strong and we go to the next game.”
We’ll probably have the doom and gloomers out in force, but it’s hardly an appropriate time to criticize James Perch, who hasn’t really had much of a chance at Newcastle this year, but now he gets it, and he becomes important to the Newcastle side.
Perch did well on Saturday, and we are hoping he can come in and give a bunch of workmanlike and solid displays in the next few games.
After all we want Newcastle to continue collecting those points through the end of the year.
And this will be a good test for the Board, and we’ll see if they can rise to the occasion and suitably strengthen the Newcastle squad in January, so that we can still have a decent chance of finishing in the top seven this season, and possibly get into Europe.
Mike Ashley will be only too aware of the extra revenue that will bring into the Newcastle club, and we are hoping he will back Alan Pardew big time.
Howay The Lads!!