Two Defenders Return From Injury For Newcastle


Newcastle’s season could well depend on how well our defense performs this season, and whether we can keep our top players fit and playing in the side, and we suppose Newcastle have made a decent start on the injury front so far this season.

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Steven Taylor – fit again

So on those counts some good news as two of Newcastle’s defenders – local lad Steven Taylor and French U21 International Massadio Haidara are returning from injury.

Massadio hasn’t played at all in pre-season due to a knee injury, and Steven Taylor has played only 45 minutes, and that was the disaster at Manchester City on the first day of our season, when he was sent off for a stupid foul on Argentine striker Sergio Aguero just before half time, and that reduced Newcastle to just 10 men in the second half.

And as so often happened over the last three years,  Steven was then injured with a hamstring strain,  but he is now fit enough to start training again.

Alan Pardew is quite pleased with the low-level of injuries so far this season:

“So far, fingers crossed, we’ve come through relatively unscathed.”

20 year-old left-back Haidara will have his first game of the season tonight in cricketer Steve Harmison’s testimonial game at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane – the game has a 7:00 pm kick-off.

So Newcastle may now almost be injury free since Shola Ameobi, who was injured shortly after the last International break, is fit again and in  Nigeria’s World Cup squad for the play-off game against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Let’s hope he doesn’t come back injured next week.

But at least on the injury front,  things are certainly looking up at Newcastle.

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22 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Jayphoto & Partizan “Guess Who’s Been Scoring Newcastle’s League Goals?” article.

    Sorry just replying now.

    I didn’t say anything about scouting at all, it doesn’t really matter where you found new talents even if you can get south american with dual nationalities. The problem is if you never give them any chance and the coaching methods. I don’t have problem with players going on loan but at least loan them to teams in good leagues or same league because you need them to play in epl or in the same league as the 1st team play.
    Loaning them to 2nd division teams will not improve their capabilities playing against epl teams. In Serie A often teams swapping for players that they needed in specific positions on loan base. This way the players going on loan can play against same level of opponents and the loaning teams can see if the player is good enough to play for 1st team, sometimes they loan these players to ligue1, laliga, eredivise, etc. only if they can’t find good teams then they will go on loan for Serie B teams.
    Coaching and Managing styles have big effects on players for example Ricky Alvarez of Inter Milan, he was really SH!T under Stramaccioni but now under Mazzarri he has evolved into superstar.
    All I can say is pardew is the main weakness in this team, it doesn’t seem like he knows what he wants from coaching staffs from youth to 1st team. I don’t believe the coaches in this team are all sh!tty coaches or the youngsters are all that bad, it’s just the management is lacking. He keep asking for new players and hardly ever use the youngsters, pretty much the same as big sam, he hardly ever or probably never produced young talents always bought established or has been, doing badly in NUFC when he has many young players, ended up buying players like babayaro, beye, cacapa etc.

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Is Gomis a better option than Strolla off the bench? I’m not so sure. I think we need a shit hot winger and to sort out the defense, and we might just be a force to be reckoned with.

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  • melbourne geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Been a while since I’ve posted lads, but would anyone buy into this….

    Krull

    Taylor. Collo. Mbiwa.

    Debuchy. Santon

    Sissoko. Tiote

    Cabaye

    HBA. Remy

    Let Debuchy and Santon attack……..(they can’t f@@king resist anyway!)

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  • melbourne geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    And meant to look a whole lot wider !!

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  • melbourne geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    And poor Benny doesn’t need to heed the shite advice of tracking back…. Over and out

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    What I don’t understand is almost all the teams in the world especially the good ones can let the fb go on attack and still have good cover in defense, why can’t we?
    I think we are the only team that want the fb to stay defensive. We are buying fb from teams that let them go forward when we should be buying from teams that played traditional fb like 2nd division teams.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Santon,
    Also going back to yesterday, Huntington was given his debut by Souness and sold by Roeder.

    Edgar was given his debut by Roeder and released by Keegan/Kinnear/Shearer/Hughton. (In Hughton’s time as caretaker, but it was agreed earlier, most likely during Kinnear’s time.)

    The main point I raised regarding these 2 though was that they have since had no impact – at Burnley, Leeds, Yeovil, Bristol, Swansea etc, so one/two games played well doesn’t mean they are good enough. Dummett in my opinion, will go the same route.

    Tavernier and Sammi were ready 2 years ago according to the club an Pards, just as he is saying about Dummett now, I’m still waiting for their impact.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    the slightest bit of pace used against our defense and we crumble… and power as well. we need a couple of new fast and powerful defenders that are good in the air and on the ground. we need a couple good all rounders.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    the fastest man on earth can run 100meters in probably 9 seconds, ball can cover that distance in 1 second. you are asking fb to run faster than 1 second the whole 90 minutes, then you need to find players (human) that can do that, any of current fb are no good for that.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilo

    I only researched through Wiki, I guess they were wrong.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilo

    regarding loaning Dummet, why can’t we do the same like other teams? loan him to good leagues even foreign ones or to epl teams.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Melbourne,
    I am not a fan of 3 at the back, I think Pards is using our best formation, a 433, he just needs to tweak his tactics and approach within the system to get it right. Too often he wants it to revert to a 451, which isn’t a system that particularly suits HBA, and also allows them to press us back more often.

    When we don’t have possession the midfield trio should provide the full back with cover on the side being attacked, whilst the wide attacker on the far side should be covering against any quick switch of play. This allows us to still have 2 forwards higher up the pitch, and pulls defenders apart, particularly if the opposition full back presses on.

    Playing this way also prevents leaving the man up front isolated as there should always be one of the 2 wider attackers near as support.

    The problem is Pards is mainly defensive minded, so this approach in his view would not be cautious enough. So, like at Everton we sat deeper, HBA was meant to work defensively, and we were torn to bits.

    Against Cardiff, we stuck with the 451/defensive 433, but with more work rate in the form of Goofy. So it worked better, we still allowed Cardiff to press us too much, luckily they lacked that bit of quality that could have nicked them a point.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    being loaned to 2nd division teams will have effect on the player’s mentality, it is like saying this the best for you playing in 2nd division, not good enough to play in better teams.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #14

    even if they can’t get any playing time while they are on loan, they will still get better training than 2nd division teams.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Preston were in the third division when Beckham was loaned to them

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    tequila

    that was like 20 years ago, when fb didn’t go forward.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #17

    I understand now, we are still in the 90’s.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Santon,
    Fair enough mate. It doesn’t really matter who played them and who got rid of them anyway.

    On the loans issue, it is very rare you see English players going abroad, even rarer them becoming a success. I agree that League 1 and lower don’t benefit the players a huge amount. The Championship on the other hand offers a very tough challenge for them, and one closer suited to the physical nature of the Prem which is why (imo) that is a better option than abroad.

    As for loaning to the lower teams in the Prem, if they were good enough for that level, then they would be good enough to start for us, so should be getting a fair share of games here. That only really happens with the top teams loaning players out.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Santon, I must have imagined Stuart Pearce in the 90s then.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    not sure of Pearce is WB or going forward a lot during his time, he has good left foot especially with free kicks like mihajlovic.

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  • mickg108

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #21

    I remember a certain Olivier Bernard being loaned out,,to toughen him up,,either Darlo or Hartlepool,,didn’t do him any harm.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    you just made it worse by comparing with Bernard

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