Newcastle have let their squad be diminished by injury and suspension – especially in defense – and now we have only Mike Williamson as an experienced central defender who is available to play, after Fabricio Coloccini let the club down by stupidly being sent off on Sunday afternoon at Everton.
Fab Coloccini receiving the red card on Saturday
The only experienced player who can play there is Daryl Janmaat, although he explains he’s never played there before but at 6’1″ he should be able to get the job done.
But Newcastle could be tested by in-form Arsenal and Liverpool sides in two of the next three games – and we could well be taken to the cleaners.
Sandwiched in between that is the game at the Stadium of Light, and a defeat there will further enrage fans – Newcastle fans that is.
We will be taken to the cleaners if Newcastle put in another insipid performance like the one at Goodison Park – it was a disgrace.
This is what Daryl has said about playing center-back:
“I will play in the middle of the defense if I am asked to do so, although it is not really my position.”
“It is not really as though I have ambitions to stay there, but we all know what the situation is at the moment. If I have to play there, I will.”
“If the team needs me there, I am confident I can do well there, even though I have not played as a central defender in the whole of my career.”
“The second half at Everton was the first time I have played there, so it is not something I know all that well.”
“I didn’t really see the incident all that well, but the feeling in the dressing room after the game seemed to be that it was a red card.”
There are many things that Mike Ashley does wrong as a football club owner, and one is not having a big enough squad, and we have to address that in the summer.
We’ve been short of a central defender and a striker all season long, and nothing was done to get new players in during the January transfer window.
The squad is small so the wage bill is kept under control, so we make huge profits- that’s on the off chance there was any doubt on why the squad is small.
But if Mike will not spend the money available to building up our team to challenge for a top six position, what’s exactly the point?
We’ll just have to hope Daryl Janmaat can do the job, but our defense could be mauled at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
And in John Carver’s 10 league games in charge this year our goal difference has gone to -14 from -6, when Alan Pardew left after the 3-2 home win against the Toffees.
It could get a lot worse before the end of the season.
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