When Ryan Taylor finally went off just 10 minutes into the game you had to think the injury to his right knee could be a serious one, and it could keep him out of the side for a while, and with James Perch also coming off near the end with a knock, it seems Alan Pardew is realizing his squad may not be as big, or as good, as he thought.
Ryan Taylor last night in agony – it looked serious
Newcastle struggled last night against Atromotis, and we were lucky to go through by winning night 1-0 to win the overall tie by 2-1. Now Newcastle are in the hat for the Europa League group stage draw to take place later this morning.
But it seems that Newcastle may now enter the transfer market for a defender, to cover for what is not a large group of top defenders at Newcastle – funny that we remember saying that last May too – but we’vbe only brought in Curtis Good, the 19 year-0ld Australian, to fortify the defensive ranks since then – so far.
Alan Pardew has today admitted that he may have to enter the market today if Taylor’s injury is as bad as feared:
“I don’t know yet, it just doesn’t look particularly good, if I am honest. It’s his knee.” “I fear that the news isn’t going to be good on that injury, which is a shame because Ryan Taylor is an important player for us. We will have to wait and see.”
“I think Perch’s is not too serious. But the problem with all these games is that you lose players to injury and suspension. They mount up, so we have to be very, very careful.”
“The Ryan Taylor injury will make me think about whether we perhaps need another defender. I shall go to see the chairman and have a discussion with him.”
With James Perch also going off last night, it shows how small and fragile the playing ranks still are at Newcastle, and we’ll not even mention we only have two experienced strikers fit in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, and that Shola Ameobi always misses at least half a season through injury which is not an opinion or a criticism – it’s a fact.
And we see that Adam Campbell has officially been added to the striker first team rights on the Newcastle web-site, and we were surprised he didn’t get a run out in the last 15 minutes last night – Adam could have caused the Greek side some problems with his pace.
Maybe Newcastle will go in for a player today, but the main news so far, is there’ s no news of any big club coming in for one of our top players – not yet anyway.
Here’s hoping we can a good defender through the door today – but that surely has to be a long shot?
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