Newcastle Squad Simply Not Big Enough – Here’s What To Do


Newcastle don’t have the squad to compete with the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – but our squad nevertheless is probably the strongest we’ve had since the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club ten years ago.

Newcastle v West Ham

Squad the strongest since Bobby Robson was manager?

Tonight’s opponents Swansea are in the Europa League competition this season, after winning the Capital One Cup last season, and this will be their third game in just six days and then they have a game on Monday night at home to Hull.

And the good news for Newcastle tonight is that Swansea have Michu, Wilfried Bony and Angel Rangel all out due to injury at the moment, and that’s with playing so many games this season already – something that decimated Newcastle’s squad last season, when we were in the Europa League and reached the last eight.

Bur Newcastle now have a fully fit squad available for tonight’s game,  with only Ryan Taylor – out for the season with a second ACL knee injury – not available.

Alan Pardew mentioned that Newcastle’s squad is still not big enough and we cannot suffer too many injuries:

“Top ten, top six, top five, whatever, for a club like ours, we can’t suffer injuries to key players,” “Last year, we did. This year, we haven’t so far, and touch wood, I hope that continues.”

“But there will be injuries come, there’s no doubt about that, and I think we are in a little bit better position than whenever I have been here in the last three years to cope, and I hope that’s proven.”

We may not have a big enough squad at the moment, but that’s exactly why we should be looking to bring in three good players in January, and then maybe another three in the summer.

Newcastle can also let a few players who have found it hard to make the grade on Tyneside to leave this summer, and those players could include the likes of Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan.

But not having a big enough squad should be telling the Newcastle hierarchy what they need to do next – make it bigger and stronger before next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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10 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah Alan, you just need to shut up.

    You don’t want to be in Europe, the owner wants top 10.

    The DOF is a Psycho!

    We are where we are although if we were 6 points lighter no you would still be happy and content.

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    i personaly think thats a load of rubbish and we need europe football for the players who want to be champs league players and to progress the players/management/staff and everyone involved into champs league quality or theres not really any point to wanting to play the game is there ?

    yes we wasnt ready last time but we gained experiance and got a better squad (even our youngsters are better now) and if we got europe next season i tend to think we would do better than last season this time around for that experiance.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    HD you really are a sour little man.

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  • yo-yo

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    If we do not have the squad to compte with the top 6 listed and are going to be competing on the Southanpton / Everton EPL level (7-8th) we will never win anything and never qualify for anything.
    We need some ambition – we are very close to the “Top 6” (arguably). FFS Mashley – move us on to the next level where we can always be in or around 4-5th place.

    HD

    You sound more like Catchy every day

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  • SpaceGhost

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    We need to sent out as many of our youngsters on loan. Love that Dummet came back hungrier than before. Hopefully Tavernier, Vuckic, Amalfitano, Abeid & the others on loan make the transition n get closer to the 1st team. This is how we can have a bigger depth in the squad & not buying just for the sake of it.

    Look at Spurs. After spending 100 million who did they actually replace Bale with?

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  • Geordie1

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s not going to happen wont happen not until Ashley sells up look how many were bought in the Summer. He only bought last January because we were in trouble and he didn’t want to miss the premierleague gravy train. The man is an Ass end of.

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!

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  • SpaceGhost

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I would love it if Tav came back and then get mentored by Debuchy. The youngster will only get better & stronger for us.

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  • bobby mango

    Dec 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Tavernier, Vuckic, Amalfitano, Abeid, Sammy, Gosling and Obertan aren’t going to make the grade. Marv doesn’t look like he’s cutting it either.

    Maybe give Sammy and Tav another season but lose the rest. Bring in 2/3 to challenge first team and 2/3 good prospects who can develop.

    That would be ideal. Don’t think it will happen

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  • lesh

    Dec 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Himanshu Dhingra @1.

    Fraud you’re wrong about the DoF being a psycho.

    The best shrinks in the world have examined him and have concluded that they can’t say exactly’s wrong with him other than he shows the signs of delusions of grandeur but after that, they’re lost. He’s a one-off!

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  • DEEB0rider

    Dec 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    In my opinion, we can’t “expect” to finish any higher than 4th, at least not while Man Utd, Chelsea, and Man City have 4x the revenue as us (that’s not an exaggeration), and/or billionaire owners. I think the highest our “ambition” can be is 4th place, simple as that. That’d mean doing better than Arsenal, Liverpool, AND Tottenham…who all have double our revenue, if not more.

    I would consider even 4th place a lofty ambition, considering that we simply have nowhere near the money to spend on transfers and wages. After the rich 6, its a pretty level playing field for the rest of the 14 clubs in the league, including us. So, even finishing 7th is no small achievement. That would mean that we were better than everyone else in the league who has about the same amount of money to spend as us. Anything higher than 7th would be a combination of us doing well and one of those rich 6 doing poorly, which is out of our control.

    Honestly, I’m pretty sick of this whole “lacking ambition” thing. What’s the ambition here? Even if the owner pumped in an extra 30m every season of his own money without expecting any of it back (ie…not racking up debt), we’d still not have as much money to spend as even Tottenham, let alone Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, or Arsenal. The only way we’re going to finish higher than 7th is if one of those 6 has a poor season. And you know as soon as that happens, they’re just gonna go out and spend 60m+ to strengthen their squad….putting us right back where we started.

    A realistic ambition to me is to make a run at one of the cups every year…or at least make it clear that we tried. Maybe that means signing a few extra players, maybe that simply means utilizing the players we’ve got in cup matches.

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