News that Cheick Tiote is injured and could even be out for the rest of the season, and it’s never good when you lose an experienced Premier League player like Cheick.
Mehdi Abeid in action this season
We seem to be a little threadbare in the squad, after no reinforcements were brought in last month, and Newcastle are now starting to suffer more injury problems.
We need 8 points as soon as possible so we will be safe in the Premier League for next season – and that’s really what this season has boiled down to.
Newcastle will find it difficult to finish in the top ten, unless we can improve things big time under John Carver, and start to get some wins and 3 points on the board.
We are big fans of 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid and would like to see him get a run out in defensive midfield in Cheick’s absence.
The Algerian has hinted he didn’t have good communications with Alan Pardew while he was at Newcastle:
“John is more – I won’t say friendly, but he is going to talk to you and to explain to you what you are doing well and what you are doing wrong.”
“And what I can say about Pardew is that we did not have enough dialogue. Both are really good managers, though.”
“It’s great for us to have John. He’s a great fighter and a good manager. Every thing he does in training is really good and helps us a lot.”
“I won’t be surprised if, in the next few weeks, we have some wins.”
Our next six games are Man City away, Aston Villa and Man United at home, Everton away, Arsenal at home and Sunderland away – so most of those are difficult games for us.
We must beat Aston Villa at home, but they have a new coach by the time we meet them on 28th February, after they fired Paul Lambert on Wednesday night.
The players seem to like John a lot, but liking your coach means nothing unless he can get the results on the board – football is all about results – and winning games.
That will be the acid test for John Carver in these final 13 games – how many games can he win?
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