We covered the story last Saturday when John Carver said he was backed 100% by Lee Charnley in the transfer market, after telling him that Papiss Cisse was an important player to Newcastle.
John Carver – thanked Lee Charnley – for what?
Papiss Cisse has scored 10 of Newcastle’s 31 league goals this season, and he is our only recognized experienced striker this season, and the next in line is 21 year-old Ayoze Perez.
But it says something about Manu Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra that Ayoze is our next top scorer with 5 PL goals this season.
Both Manu and particularly Facundu have not done very well at all this season.
We thought it was ironic that John Carver had thanked Charnley at the end of the transfer window, after the Managing Director had sold Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and loaned out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan, without bringing in any new defenders last month or strikers for that matter.
That;s after Steven Taylor had been injured and out for the season on January 1st – ample time to replace him, but we didn’t.
That has left Newcastle on a shoestring squad for the rest of the season, after Siem de Jong and Paul Dummett could be out for the season with injuries, and at the moment we have only five senior defenders in the squad who are fit. 🙁
This is what John actually said last Saturday about Papiss:
“I wanted to keep hold of him and I was supported 100% from Lee Charnley. “It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign.”
“I said before he went off to the African Nations that he was our top goalscorer and the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.”
That’s now being reported with a bit of a twist that John stopped the sale of Papiss to Al Ahli in the UAE after the Senegal striker received a massive wage offer.
So how come this new interpretation has come out three days later?
Lee Charnley would been crazy to have let Papiss go and been left with Ayoze as our top striker for the rest of the season.
We have absolutely nothing against John personally, but his record is not good at all – and surely he will be judged on his record at Newcastle – that’s all that matters in football, isn;t it?
6 points in 7 league games is relegation form, and would only get us about 33 points in a full season of 38 games.
John Carver however would be a very easy choice for Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley, because he’s a Geordie and he has already amply demonstrated he would never rock the boat at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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