Injury Shows Up Newcastle’s Weak Squad – Lack Of Planning


The bad news today is that Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat injured his hamstring during Newcastle’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City on Saturday, and has withdrawn from the Dutch squad for their Euro 2016 qualifying games against Kazakhstan and Iceland.

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Daryl Janmaat in action on Saturday

But it’s very unlikely that Janmaat will be fit for the game a week on Saturday against Leicester City, and who will come in for him we don’t know.

Vurnon Anita has played at right back for Ajax,  and we suppose Paul Dummett could switch over and Massadio Haidara could come in at left back.

But both young full backs are inexperienced, and this shows up the weakness of the Newcastle squad this season and particularly the defense, which we failed to strengthen over the summer, after we let Mathieu Debuchy leave for Arsenal and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa go on loan for the season to Roma.

Daryl was Mathieu’s replacement, but we could now do with Mapou in the squad, as he can play anywhere across the back four.

Last season we conceded 59 Premier league goals and the season before that it was 68 goals – which was the highest ever – so that was pointing towards a weak defense, but we have done nothing to improve the defense.

The 25-year-old Dutch International will now be assessed by Newcastle’s medical staff, but even for the slightest of hamstring injuries it will likely be a few weeks before Daryl can return.

We have had too many injuries already this season, with Davide Santon and Siem de Jong out with long term injuries, and Rolando Aarons, a bright young player who had performed so well in pre-season , out with a hamstring injury he picked up  a few weeks ago, and he’s still a few weeks away from being fit.

We have to find some way of beating Leicester City at home in our next game, but the injury to Janmaat doesn’t help that one little bit.

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4 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Oct 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    This club is beyond laughable, and what we all suspected (All except the powers that be at Newcastle) is finally happening, injuries to the defence, Coloccini must be due an injury about now to. Probably out booking his tickets to Argentina now.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t blame it all on Pardew for the forward thinking – mess of our recent transfer activity as he has no say in who comes in and goes out. That is Ashley, Charnley and Carr (who by the way is best of mates with Ashley)
    Our biggest blessing was Cisse busting his knee cap as if he was fit in the transfer window as they were going to sell him.

    Maybe they are keeping him and Tiote for January – who knows

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  • gazzaforever

    Oct 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Slow Down Ed ffs, this is becoming really annoying, we can’t debate that way.

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  • proud2bnufc

    Oct 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #4

    In my opinion Daryl still need more time to prove his quality.

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