Sunderland-born Adam Johnson makes a good point when he says Sunderland tomorrow can take advantage of a weakened Newcastle side - because our best two players this season – Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy will not be playing.
The two men leading Newcastle – but to where?
And they just happen to have 18 of Newcastle’s 32 Premier League goals this season, and Alan Pardew admitted yesterday our current weakness could be scoring goals.
That was certainly the case on Tuesday night at Norwich, where the good thing was the team played very well and created multiple chances, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
The Newcastle leaders, in all of their collective wisdom, decided to sell our best player this week – half way through the season.
And while we got good money for the French International – said to be around £20M – it looks like we will not be able to replace him before 11:00pm tonight – when the transfer window slams shut.
And Loic Remy managed to get himself sent off with Bradley Johnson at Norwich City on Tuesday night, and while Johnson’s three match ban was overturned by the FA yesterday (why?) – Remy’s was not – and therefore our top goalscorer with 11 goals will not be available for the next three games.
Those are two self-inflicted problems for Newcastle, and we have again managed to weaken the side in a transfer window.
Maybe somebody needs to tell Mike Ashley the basic idea of each transfer window is to strengthen the side – as we managed to do very well last January.
But then it was much more important to strengthen the side then, than it is now – because we were facing relegation a year ago.
That means we would lose the big money we get from the Premier League – and that’s why Mike Ashley moved like greased lightning after the home defeat against Reading, and brought in four good players in four days towards the end of last January, and five French players in total including Mathieu Debuchy.
And maybe to raise the spirits of frustrated Newcastle fans – who are disappointed about this weeks events, Newcastle have to win this game tomorrow afternoon against Sunderland.
That would do the trick.
Howay The Lads!!
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