John Carver has held his press conference for the game tomorrow night against the Red Devils, and Massadio Haidara is not available, since he has fluid on the knee and will not play.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
So it looks as through Ryan Taylor will continue at left back and he looked impressive in the 30 minutes he put in on Saturday.
And when questioned about Newcastle’s lack of defensive cover, John said Newcastle may go out and sign a free agent if that’s required.
That brings back memories of how we had to sign Shefki Kuqi four years ago, after he had been released by Swansea, as cover for Andy Carroll after we had let him go on the last day of the January transfer for £35M and didn’t replace him.
If you don’t learn from your mistakes then history repeats itself.
And that seems to be what has happened to Newcastle, because Lee Charnley and company have left the Newcastle squad very threadbare by not strengthening in January.
But the first question we have is that we already have an International class left back on the books – Davide Santon – who we sent out on loan on the last day of the January transfer window – so why don’t we bring him back?
And of course the next point is why didn’t we bring in more defenders in January when we left Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa sign for Roma and let Davide Santon leave for Inter.
And we also sent Remie Streete – a promising center-back – leave on loan to Rangers.
Do Newcastle not think through what may happen if the team picks up more injuries or players are suspended.
It doesn’t look like it.
Newcastle have made a huge mistake by allowing the squad to become so threadbare. and they are now just hoping that more players are not injured or suspended – like Colo or Willo for example – who are the only two experienced center-backs we have available.
Newcastle need to do a lot better job in their planning than they have shown in the past, and not just concentrate on taking in the money.
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