It was fantastic that Newcastle finished 5th in the league table last season, and qualified for the Europa League and manager Alan Pardew deservedly won both the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year award, and the LMA Manager of the Year award.
Mike Ashley – needs to open the check book in January
But when you are in Europe, teams play a lot more games, and you need a much bigger squad than is needed for local competition in England, but in the summer transfer window only one player was brought in to fortify the squad – Vurnon Anita.
And with up to 11 first team players unavailable today for one reason or the other, Newcastle are now slumping in the league table, with a third defeat in a row and one point form the last four games, and if the Newcastle Board – make that owner Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – were not thinking of bringing in new players in January – they had better think again.
But with the games now coming thick and fast, we just have to hope that we don’t sink further down the league table before January rolls around.
We have 9 games to play through January 2nd, and eight of those are in the league, so that’s 24 points to play for, and our squad is decimated with all the games we’ve had to play this season, and it’s not going to get any easier – anytime soon.
Newcastle are now paying for the lack of vision and planning in the Newcastle board room over the summer months, when the Board penny pinched too much, and refused to pay a little over the odds for good players like Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy.
It’s fine if Newcastle want to keep doing that – but they also have to be responsible for what’s happening this season in the league, because we simply don”t have a squad that’s nearly big enough to be competing in Europe.
And it’s hard to blame Alan Pardew either, who is probably just as shocked at the rest of us of us with his squad being so decimated right now.
Although on the other hand, we had only three starters from our best team missing today – Fabricio Coloccini, Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye – although they are probably our best three players.
We hope that Mike Ashley opens the check book in January, and brings in three or four new players, so we can rescue our season, and ensure we are in the Premier League next season, even if we are not in Europe.
A win at Stoke on Wednesday would also help.
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