Lack Of Foresight Hurting Newcastle – Defender Now Injured


This week we have already lost Siem de Jong for the season because of a collapsed lung, and we found out yesterday that Cheick Tiote’s knee injury could even – in the worst case – keep him out for the rest of the season.

paul dummett in action yesterday

Paul Dummett – has knee injury

And now even more bad news that Paul Dummett, who came on for the last six minutes of the game at Palace on Wednesday night, has a knee injury that could  keep him out for several weeks.

It turns out that Paul was hit on the knee cap during his brief sub appearance in London, and the injury is currently being assessed by the club’s medical staff.

But we have only two experienced center-backs available through the rest of the season – Willo and Colo – and Paul would be the first replacement should either of them get injured.

We lost Steven Taylor for the season with an Achilles injury a few weeks back, but the club did not being in another center-back in January, but did sell Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma.

So Newcastle have (again?) brought this situation onto themselves, through a lack of adequate planning and foresight – and by taking a chance that we could get by with what we have.

How many times do Newcastle do that?

Remi Streete has been loaned out to Rangers – Ashley’s other club – but has a groin strain and the injury prone 21 year-old Curtis Good is available but untested.

And Curtis was taken off in the U-21 game at St James’s Park early last week as a precautionary measure, and has only just returned to training after being injured last March playing for Australia.

We have been one center-back short all season, after loaning Mapou out, and Murphy’s Law – if something bad can happen it will and at the worst  possible time – has kicked in again.

We already suffered from having only two experienced goalkeepers in the squad, and had some very poor results when untested Jak Alnwick had to play in goal for eight games earlier in the season.

We are not blaming Jak for that, it’s just another case of poor planning by Newcastle, as we try to get by on a small squad to save on the wages bill.

Another indication of the frugal way in which Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United, even though money is available.

And we’re not even going to mention we have been one striker short all season. 😀

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6 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Sack the entire medical staff and the fitness coach Bellows!!

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  • anthc

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Another one rushed back. He didn’t even need to come on against palace. Rushing players back another pardew trait carver seems to have picked up!
    On another note happy birthday king kev!

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  • Reyantoon

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t see Benitez coming here because for one he likes to spend big and second, wants big salary.IMO if we go continental
    The favorites are Galtier and Tuchel..

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  • Reyantoon

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I meant Garde not Tuchel…

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  • sing in the corner

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I long for a day when everyone will desist from continually mentioning Pardew. He’s gone, over, done with. If you wanted him gone, you got it. Lets move on. . Whatever Carver does is his own work. Whatever the players do now is nowt to do with Pardew. If Carver has any chance to succeed at all he has to be judged in his own right. I honestly can’t see the point in comparing everything everyone does to what happened when the previous manager was here.

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  • sickandtired

    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s far worse than a lack of foresight. The best part of 52,000 and more can plainly see what positions the club needed to strengthen and have done since last season.
    The owner and his cronies made a deliberate decision NOT to buy in January based on nothing but cost cutting reasons.
    Are we really to believe any longer that Ashley, Carr, Charnley and even the ‘coach’ have the clubs best interests at heart therefore?
    A squad now dangerously thin. In fact, so thin that few more injuries could see us barely able to muster a first team.
    But Ashley saved some pennies – at a time when finances are expected by all to be better again than last years accounts.
    The regime stinks and I have no idea at all why anyone defends it.

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