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.
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.
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