Newcastle’s inability to fortify the squad last summer for European competition is now coming back to haunt the club, because with the extra games in the Europa League, we didn’t strengthen the side other than bringing in Vurnon Anita from Ajax over the summer months.
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And with not strengthening the squad we’ve also had long term injuries to Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling, and injuries to Coloccini, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye, and we’ve had three game suspensions for red cards for both Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote.
But those injuries and suspensions are what happens every season to any club, which is why the top clubs have bigger and better squads, so they can see themselves through the difficult times that come up in any season.
But that’s not so with Newcastle, at least this season, and the extra games have put significant stress on the small playing squad, which has been decimated.
Newcastle will probably still be in the Europa league come January, and we’ve been told if that’s the case then Newcastle will attempt to fortify the squad.
But even if we get knocked out of Europe, why wouldn’t we still fortify the squad the try to help climb the league table – we are now in 12th place in the league?
What Newcastle do in January will be a clue as to what kind of club Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias want at Newcastle, and whether we are really trying to become a top club in England and Europe.
We don’t expect Newcastle to vary much from their current policy of bringing in bargain buys, which is good, but if we see three good player come through the door in January, that may tell us Newcastle have ambitions to become one of the top clubs.
But we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
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