Newcastle are really short on defenders, so we assume John Carver and the coaches are thinking about what they will do if we get even more bad luck over the last 13 games of the season, and Mike Williamson or Fab Coloccini suffer injuries.
Remie Streete – bring him back to Newcastle from Rangers
As it happens we have Ryan Taylor fit again, and Ryan can play in either full-back position and so can Vurnon Anita, and the Dutchman played a whole season for Ajax at left back, so he knows the position well.
And we also have Jonas Gutierrez coming into some match fitness, and he again has good experience and played left back for Argentina in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Jack Colback also played left back while he was at Sunderland.
So if we get injuries to Janmaat or Haidara we have some cover at full-back.
But we don’t have that level of cover if Coloccini or Williamson are injured.
We would expect that Newcastle will recall Remie Streete from Rangers – and indeed we would have expected Remie to have been recalled already, although he may still be out injured with a groin strain.
Newcastle have 19 year-old Slovakian Lubo Satka available, and he can play at right back or center-back, but of course he has very little experience, and that’s also true of Remie Streete.
One option for Newcastle is to play the experienced Daryl Janmaat at center-half if Willo or Colo are injured, and certainly when Mathieu Debuchy played there for the first time for Arsenal earlier this season, he looked solid at the back.
Daryl’s height(6’1″) and experience could make him into a decent emergency central defender, and John Carver mentioned in his press conference yesterday that he can use Daryl at center-back – so that’s good.
If things get tough the other thing Newcastle could do is to look at any free agents who may be available, but that would be a long shot.
We would expect John Carver is trying out Daryl in practice at center-back, just in case he is needed there before the end of the season.
Of course the best case scenario is that none of the back four or Tim Krul are injured – but with Newcastle’s terrible injury record this season, that’s unlikely.
What do you think?
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