Bad Luck Could Decimate Newcastle’s Squad

We don’t want to over play it, but with the season not yet a month old, Newcastle have already suffered injuries to Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini and now Tim Krul, and add to that the fact that players like the Ameobi brothers and Shane Ferguson have yet to be available for first team selection, and our squad looks a little thin – still.

Tim Krul – injured elbow over the weekend

Newcastle did much the same this summer as they did last summer when we failed to bring in needed additions to the squad.

Last summer we failed to bring in a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll and this season the major requirements were for a center-back and a striker, since both Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands left the club.

But for whatever reason  Newcastle didn’t bring in either over the summer, and we have been operating with only two fit recognized strikers and only three specialist center-backs so far this season.

Newcastle recovered quite well last January when we brought in Papiss Cisse for £9M, and he played magnificently for Newcastle for the rest of last season in the famous number nine shirt.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle bring in a top defender during January to fortify the defense.

Douglas of FC Twente could be a target, as he becomes a free agent next summer, and because he now has a Dutch passport he doesn’t need a work permit.

And then there’s Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, whose club have said they will finally let him move on, and he could be the better option, since he can play anywhere across the back four.

Versatile players have proved they are valuable squad members at Newcastle, and James Perch showed that last season, and Vurnon Anita is starting to prove that this season, and he looks as good in either full-back position as he does in central midfield.

The good news is it looks like the Ameobi brothers and Shane Ferguson are fit again, and maybe Tiote too, but we have to wait and see how bad the injury is to Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini.

Tim is being assessed by the Newcastle medics, and we should hear something on that today, but we expect the experienced Steve Harper to keep goal next Monday if Tim cannot make it.

We need reinforcements to the squad in January, and we hope the Newcastle Board are working on that right now.

A top class striker and a top class defender would be very good.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far

  • bollance

    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok it is never good to get injuries but i can remember times i think when Souness was in charge when we had 10+ player out injured (most hamstring). I accept that we had a bigger squad then.

    Last season the reason we did well was because players step up to the plate (perch, Willo, Raylor). Squad players who i would argue are the reason our squad is better this season then last. These players are now proven in the Prem and can comfortably step in when needed.

    This will test the squad but I am confident that this will again bring out the best in players. Again the expectation drops. People will think we will fail and that will make the team determined to succeed, again.

  • MAG04

    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Given that Tim Krul and Fraser Foster and both still fairly young we really should have kept them both in the squad and then had a constant rotation between the two using the extra fixtures this season from Europa League and hopefully the cups.

    The competition would keep them at their best and give us some security for situations like this.

    Rob Elliot has clearly turned out not to be good enough and Steve Harper as great as he is will need first team football to stay fit at his age which he hasn’t been getting.

  • bills-son

    Sep 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed you say – Last summer we failed to bring in a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll.

    That was what fans THOUGHT – but they and you were wrong – we signed Ba !!

    This is just another of the things Ashley gets slagged for that is a myth.

    Someone on here yesterday said I never see the bad in Ashley – not true. I would have preferred another two signings this summer and have said that on here a few times. However, what I do keep correcting is myths like the one above and the constant whinging of some fans who never give Ashley credit for anything but slag him off as demon trying to ruin the club.

  • Geordie1

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Well it had to happen didn’t it after a rather quiet transfer window in the summer Pards said he was happy that non of his star players got sold however it has seemed to have back fired and bit him on the arse, with injury’s to Colo, Krul, Simpson, Tiote, Raylor and Shola A (The muckham slayer). We in my opinion should of bought a right back, striker and a keeper if we are to contest with the big boys.
    Note to Ashley yes keep within financial strait’s but you also have to invest in order to keep the squad challenging each other that makes them hungry for success as was shown last season.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    this is what happens when you have an owner with no ambition for the club. no new players- lots of injuries = trouble. still, ash knows best.???????

  • peterk3

    Sep 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    We all knew this was going to happen. We had chances to bring in players to strengthen our squad but the owner wouldn’t pay the money so now we’re in the s**t. The injuries had to come at some time but they’ve come sooner than later.

  • phoonck

    Sep 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

    u’ve mentioned that we should have kept Fraser Foster at the club and keep Tim Krul on his toes.. c’mon.. would you stay? if you think you’re no worse than Tim Krul and able to command regular starts as the main keeper at another club that pays as much and is in the Champions League, would you have stayed?

    its not all about the club. you said that from a fan’s point of view, but players have got to think for their career! players have got to play week in week out to maintain their form, fitness and sharpness. i cant believe people actually said we should have kept Leon Best, or Peter Lovenkrands.. not every player are as loyal and as noble as Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi, to stay at the club and play 2nd fiddle. dont get me wrong, they’re both good enough to start in other premier league teams, and so i totally respect them.

    @some negative fans(the complain contingent)
    its just some people on this blog think its easy to manage a club that gets me on my nerves, be it as a manager level or senior management level.. you’ve got to factor in alot of things which you dont see from where you’re standing! i support newcastle because i have a special affection for the club which i cant explain..

    people crying for chances to be given to the young ones like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic, just to name a few. but when the team didn’t buy players(you wanted full backs? we’ve got Vurnin Anita, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier. you wanted a forward/striker? we’ve got Adam Campbell, Haris Vuckic and Samuel Ameobi. you wanted a DM to cover Cheick Tiote? we’ve bought Vurnon Anita and have got Dan Gosling and Mehdi Abeid!)

    you want perfect summer spendings and perfect management teams that always go according to your plans? go support the chelseas and manchesters.. or even better, play football manager.. support the team through thick and thin, winning trophies or fighting relegations, buying world class players or signing free transfers.. thats what i call a true supporter! dont like the way Mike Ashley is handling your beloved club? buy over from him and have it run your way then..

    Keep the Faith
    Howay the Lads
    Bleeding Black & White from Singapore

  • Smithy

    Sep 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Well said phoonck! To many moaners on this sight. Everybody has an opinion but when every comment is a direct insult at players, managenent etc, makes me wonder why they call the themselves fans!

  • Smithy

    Sep 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said phoonck! To many moaners on this site. Everybody has an opinion but when every comment is a direct insult at players, managenent etc, makes me wonder why they call the themselves fans!

  • Smithy

    Sep 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Well said phoonck! To many moaners on this site. Everybody has an opinion but when every comment is a direct insult at players, managenent etc. Cmon folks get behind your team no matter what!

  • Smithy

    Sep 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Well said phoonck! To many moaners on this site. Everybody has an opinion but when every comment is a direct insult at players, management etc. C’mon folks get behind your team no matter what!

  • Smithy

    Sep 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

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    Sep 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    lol the dreaming of jan transfers starts why dont you just accept the fact the fat man wont be signing anyone and maybe be pleasantly suprised when he does (DONT HOLD YOUR BREATH) , or are we going to be continually liked to douglas and co even when they have retired!


    Sep 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Fat Man running the club like Shoestring Direct he took a gamble last season and it paid off. This season he gambled again unfortunately we will be found wanting, you will see his passion for the advancement of nufc by his total lack of investment and desire to turn out a profit


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