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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