There was news yesterday that Paul Dummett would be out just two weeks with his knee injury, but now the Shields Gazette is reporting in an exclusive that he is going to be out eight weeks.
Paul Dummett – out for eight weeks?
Paul came on for the last eight minutes of the last game at Crystal Palace a week yesterday and took a knock to the kneecap, so if this report in the Shields Gazette is correct, we are going to be short of defenders and we still have 13 games to play in the season and have 32 points.
We have only Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara fit at the moment, and we suppose Ryan Taylor and Vurnon Anita can play at full-back too.
Newcastle have basically lost three experienced back four players this season and not replaced one of them – so they shouldn’t be surprised we could now be in trouble.
Newcastle let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa go on loan last August to Roma without replacing him, and we eventually sold him to Roma in January.
And we had Steven Taylor injured on January 1st against Burnley, and we didn’t replace him in last month’s transfer window.
And in Newcastle’s wisdom, given those circumstances existed at the end of January, they decided to let Italian International full-back Davide Santon leave on loan to Inter-Milan.
We also allowed Remi Streete to leave on loan to Rangers until the end of the season – so one question is whether we can recall those center-backs out on loan?
We know we cannot recall Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest – so what a mess this is – and it’s all of Newcastle’s making.
We already had to play untested Jak Alnwick in goal for eight games because we started the season with only two experienced goalkeepers and there are downsides to having a small squad size to save on the wage bill.
There’s also a downside to lending out players for money to other clubs if they can’t be recalled in times like this.
It’s really hard to accuse those at Newcastle of knowing what they are doing when it comes to selling and loaning players out – especially in the January transfer window.
We will know later this morning at John Carver’s press conference if Paul Dummett is indeed out for eight weeks – but this shows the complete lack of planning and foresight with those who are running Newcastle United.
What a way to run a football club.
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