Alan Pardew has come out and basically said that we will be short of players against Norwich City too because James Perch has picked up a knee injury and it’s doubtful he will be able to play at Carrow Road.
James Perch – will miss the game at Norwich
James was going to play in that game – probably in defensive midfield, so we;’ll have to play young Gael Bigirimana in that position, who was or Man of the Match on Saturday, but it makes sense that Pardew wanted to put out experienced players as much as possible at Norwich.
This is what Alan said today in the Newcastle Journal:
“The most important thing now is that we keep a steady head.” “Myself and my staff are frustrated because we wanted to put out a better side.”
“Now we’re working around the clock to get players in and players back because there’s no doubt about it, the form we’re in, the momentum we’ve got, we’re fighting to stay in the Premier League. I make no bones about saying that.”
“Look at that Everton game, we were probably one quality player away from getting a draw or maybe winning it. We know we’re not far away but we really should be a lot stronger than that in the third round of the FA Cup.”
“The one that worries me is Perchy because he in reality would play at Norwich.” “It looks like he’s going to miss that.” “There was a clash of knees and he’s got a big swelling on his knee. We’re not quite sure why that is yet.”
“And now Shola is suspended on the back of Cheick heading off on international duty and Demba Ba joining Chelsea, we are very, very short. I think the board understand that and I think we need to do something about it.”
“I would have liked to have brought one more player in during the summer transfer window. I thought Debuchy was going to get done but it didn’t. “Fortunately that is done now, so he will be available for Norwich. That is going to strengthen us because I think that’s been a problem position for us.”
“Hopefully we’re going to get a little bit stronger as we go now.” “I’ve got a united dressing room, the experience is strong, we just need our better players out on the pitch.”
We’re not sure why we are in this position after such a great season last term, and yes we’ve had an awful lot of injuries, but it doesn’t say much for the fringe players who have come in, and after the game at Brighton Alan Pardew said basically that the players were simply not good enough.
And one depressing thing is he is right – and look for a clear-out of players this summer – whether we go down or stay up.
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