Newcastle have had a number of injuries this season, such as losing Steven Taylor for the season, at the beginning of December.
Cheick Tiote – Mr. T could be back on Sunday
But we’ve noticed Alan Pardew and his coaching staff have not moaned about it, even though the Newcastle squad is still far too small.
And indeed, if Newcastle do qualify for the Europa League next season, we will have to increase the size of the squad quite a bit over the summer months.
In general when players have come in this season, they have got the job done and praise to players like James Perch and Danny Guthrie amongst others, for doing that.
John Carver believes the ability for squad players to come in and do the job for Newcastle is why Newcastle are flying so high in the league this season:
“We’ve been like this all season.” “The manager hasn’t spoken about injuries or made excuses.” “The pleasing thing from our point is that it has been about the squad.”
“Every single player has contributed to where we are now.” “That has to continue to happen between now and the end of the season.” “We don’t just say it for the sake of it.”
“It’s important that we actually underline that we need these players.” “We knew we would at some stage because of how demanding the Premier League is.”
On Sunday, it looks like James Perch will come into the side at center-back and partner Mike Williamson, since Fabricio Coloccini is out for a couple of games.
And Cheick Tiote could come in for Danny Guthrie, and Ryan Taylor will probably start at left-back against Liverpool.
Certainly the small squad Newcastle have, has performed extremely well this season so far, and it was good news that Fabricio will miss only two games with his hamstring problem.
It’s also good we are not using injuries as any excuse, we had enough of that when Graeme Souness was at the club, where he would complain about the injuries all the time.
Not so with Alan Pardew.