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Newcastle Can Be Successful If We Can Keep This Player Fit

12:21 am, Saturday, August 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

The hiring of Faye Downey as fitness consultant at Newcastle this summer  could yet be a masterstroke for next season, and certainly through pre-season we’ve had very few injuries,  and even those Newcastle have had – like the leg injury to Jonas Gutierrez is not too bad – and he will probably be fit to play on Monday night at Manchester City.

Ben Arfa - SC Braga

Ben Arfa – in action against SC Braga

Last season we had long term injuries to Yohan Cabaye, Fab Coloccini, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa, and those are some of our very best players.

Ben Arfa hardly played again after he picked up that bad hamstring injury against Maritimo, but he’s looked fit and good  in pre-season,  and Alan Pardew talked about the mercurial one on the Newcastle web-site last night:

“He’s shown up well in the last couple of games.” “He’s a player that you need to be very careful with, because of the injuries that he’s had and we’ve nursed him through the pre-season and really geared it up these last two weeks.”

“And he looks a lot better for it. We’re hoping that if we can get a full season, out of him then I think our season will go hand in hand and it’ll be a success.”

If Newcastle can keep the players fit and free from injury this season, then we could have a very good season, although injuries happen, but hopefully they can be kept to a minimum this coming season.

Last season was a disaster on the injury front and that coupled with the 14 extra games we had to play in the Europa League, simply decimated the Newcastle squad, which wasn’t big enough to start with.

But with less games Newcastle  should be able to perform a lot better in the Premier League this coming season.

That’s what we’re hoping for in any case,  but Joe Kinnear still has to bring at least one top striker before the summer transfer window closes on Monday, September 2nd.

It’s been a bit of a frustrating summer for most Newcastle fans, but hey, let’s keep the faith – we still have a number of very good players in the current squad.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    i/m sorry ed , but its going to a lot more than a fit ben arfa to make us successful , in fact a fit ful team for the whole of the season still wouldnt crack it . a lot more is needeed

  • 2 JackButler // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    “He’s a player that you need to be very careful with, because of the injuries that he’s had”

    This coming from the man that brought Benny back early from a hamstring injury to play on a plastic pitch in sub zero temperatures.

    Bloody clueless and incapable of seeing past his own nose and self rightious BS

  • 3 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    * take a lot more .

  • 4 MacToon // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    and if we score more goals than the opposition we’ll be just fine!

  • 5 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    and if pards decides to change his tactics.

  • 6 Mancgeordie // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    If we try and keep the ball and not just hit it long hoping cisse can get on the end of something and smash it from 35yards every week otherwise it’s pointless Ben Arfa even playing

  • 7 Schwefelberg // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Perhaps the worst thing would be to finish 9 or 10.

    Better perhaps to auto combust this season and then perhaps the likely increase get rid of Ashley.

    It’s false economy for him to hold the club. If he sells he has liquid to buy other more profitable assets… like a casino in London. Because if he holds the club St. James will be a ghostown in 2 seasons.

  • 8 NotEvenGeordie // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Some of you will have a go at pardew for everything won’t you? He’s right, if hba stays fit and has a decent season, we’ll have a decent season as well, just like bale at Tottenham, or Suarez at Liverpool. He can be our key man and fire us up the league.

  • 9 MacToon // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Have you noticed the biggest Ashley apologist gob$hite on here over the last few weeks aint even going to SJP this season…… and here’s me thinking JFK was the biggest joker around.

    So we bought this summer’s quota 6 months early and we’ll hit the season running because they are up to speed. There was me thinking we bought them atleast 6 months too late. Sure I remember us setting new records last season especially in defence, wonder if Pardew can achieve new heights this time around.

    To say I’m fed up would be an understatement however I still live in hope. Time for me to retreat back into my padded cell.

  • 10 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    shwefel — i think 9 or 10th in the league every season would suite ashley down to the ground – still in the prem, no europe – still advertising the arse out of SD – minimum outlay for players , and a profit on our better ones – perfect .

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    This is the exact sort of mentality I hate within our club. We should have to depend on HBA for us to have a successful season! We should have at least 3 HBA so our seasons are always successful if any get injured!

    We could have, HBA, Mertens and Boudebouz. If we have them all fit at the same time plus what we’ve got we’d be laughing our way to the top of the league.

    If we only depend on ONE flair player like HBA then if he gets injured (which is more than likely given his injury record) then we’re doomed and a season is another waste of a year.

  • 12 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    not even geordie — the difference between – bale – suarez and ben arfa is, bale and suarez have a manager who knows where to play them , how to play them and get the best out of them bennie has pardew .

  • 13 JP...from The Rock // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    WE NEED MORE LIKE HBA!!! Let’s go for Sinclair, Tom Ince, Boudebouz and Gomis and we are cruising! Okay I am dreaming but at least get us one of the flair players I mentioned in Ashley/ Joekinnear/ Pardew! We desperately need more than one magic maker.

  • 14 Rooster // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Get tenth that’s win loose n draw football, aarrgghhh, happy wi that, not me, but the club maybe, it keeps us bubblin along in the prem and AP INA JOB, 4 FCUK SAKE, DEPRESSING.

  • 15 Schwefelberg // Aug 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Stuart that’s what I mean hence 9/10/11 it is bad for us in the long term … same crap every year.

    Would you take relegation to get rid of Ashley? I would.

  • 16 stuart no9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    shwefel i would do what ever it took to get rid of him – boycott would be an option i would aprove of if we could get the figures needed to make any impact .

  • 17 Charlietoon // Aug 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Fingers crossed we get knocked out of the cup competitions nice and early so we have to play as few games as possible….pathetic

  • 18 dan5679 // Aug 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    looks like nobody will be coming in think if we get anyone it will be a loan … maybe sinclair … we just need 2 players …we do have a okay team we have space for 2/3 players thats it so if we get 2 players in i would be happy with that …we probably need to sell next transfer window/summer ,,
    its a big season for anita / marveaux/tiote /obertan/ and the younsters like vuckic/.sammy ameboi..i think we might see quite a lot of these leaving next year

  • 19 brian kilclines pony tail // Aug 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    so ‘He’s a player that you need to be very careful with’ means that when he returns from injury you play him on a plastic pitch where players who run in straight lines are great like obertan, but not players with skill who shift from side to side because that would put the previous injury under no undue pressure at all.

    you alan are a complete dick!

  • 20 Sav // Aug 17, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    We couldn’t sell Obertan or Gosling – so they are like 2 new signings, aren’t they?

  • 21 Premiership Manager // Aug 17, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    HBA is a squad player and in some games he would only make the bench.

    One good player will not make a team of fix something that is fundamentally broken at the club.

    The business model and management team need to be revised and if the management team think they are fully equipped to deal with the season ahead they need to take a very close look in the mirror.

    Bad results will see Pardew out of the door, followed by JFK by Xmas and then an exodus of players as morale and results hit rock bottom.

    The club are not a big club and cannot compete financially is simply not true especially when clubs newly promoted understand the requirement to invest in survival and ensure that they have done everything possible to ensure that they stay up to reap the financial reward

  • 22 check the toastie // Aug 17, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    The reality is that Ben Arfa is still grossly overweight and will get injured again shortly, at that point Pardew will blame his injury on the reason why we are sat in the bottom 3, Saylor will also inevitably get injured and we will be seeing more of Willo this season. The club stands still.




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