What Euopean Competition Has Given Us This Season – Injuries

We were all very happy to get back into Europe again this season, after six seasons in the wilderness, but when you do not have the squad to cope with the extra games what happens?     The Europa League simply affects our Premier League form, because we simply cannot cope with the extra games, and what the European games have seemed to give us this season is nothing but injuries.

Papiss Cisse – out with a thigh injury after last night’s game

We now have nine first team players out with injury – Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Gabby Obertan, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi – and for Sunday’s game at Southampton we we also have Fabricio Coloccini suspended.

Newcastle are in 12th place in the league table at the moment, and our trip to second bottom Southampton on Sunday will be tough – and certainly Southampton will be happy to meet Newcastle at a time with our squad is so decimated.

So we’re not sure the Europa League has given us much so far this season that is very positive, because there’s not much money to be made from the tournament either – unless you can can go through to the final.

It will be hard to qualify for Europe next season, but given our travails this season, that may not be too bad and before we enter Europe again,  the powers that be at the club have to ensure we have a squad equipped to handle the additional games.

As a reminder – last summer we brought in just one senior first team player – Vurnon Anita – and it was hardly enough to fortify the squad.

The likelihood is that next season we’ll not have the additional European games, but we will be able to concentrate on the Premier League, and we could do quite well again – as we did last season.

The Newcastle squad needs to be strengthened and that’s been the case ever since we were promoted a couple of years ago, and if you don;t do that what happens is toue squad is quite quickly decimated.

That’s what’s happened to Newcastle this season – in a nutshell.

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    The fact is that unless you have billions to spend Europe is a Catch-22. It gives you a small boost financially but you suffer in the league. Look at Everton as a prime example, out of Europe they’re thriving. It does make a huge difference and the fact remains we probably qualified for Europe two seasons too early. As such our squad isn’t ready for it and our owner wasn’t ready to invest in it just yet. Next year we’ll likely not be in Europe and as a result we’ll finish higher up the league.

  • rainrix

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Cabaye was injured for france and not in europa and out of the rest of them shola raylor ben arfa are anywhere near the 1st team and cisse has a chance of making sunday (Ed listen please 🙂 ).

  • jeff

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    karasu i will be there! just sent an email!

  • jeff

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    we should do some fundraiser 100 m sprints

    who would win?

    obertan or adam campbell

    cisse or ba

    santon or ben arfa

    willo or mike ashley

  • rainrix

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Jeff… If you’re going join a riot and potentially hurt someone innocent because your teams doing badly then i personally hope the riot police kick the living sh!t out of you

  • ginkoh

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Or maybe we should start building the platform for next season now, let alone this season, focus on just survive is enough ? Better choice ?

  • Griff-toon

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7


    Di Matteo was on borrowed time. I think Benitez was planned as new manager a while ago. They just waited for the right time. It came after a few defeats

  • Griff-toon

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8



    Hehe, picturing the Obertan team made me chuckle. Perhaps we could hand out sunglasses at the entrance?

    I agree wth your points. All the factors play their part, its just not only Pardews fault. Players need to man up and stop hiding from the ball. Now with the injuries more than ever.

  • naptoon

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    ed read post 2. europe isnt to blame for our poor prem form or all the injuries and suspensions. at least its giving our youngsters and fringe players much needed competitive playing time… its painfully obvious they need it.


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