In January Newcastle sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and let Davide Santon leave initially on loan to Inter-Milan, and we did not bring in one single player in the January transfer window, even though up until then we had a lot of injuries and the club knew that Steven Taylor was out for the season on January 1st with an Achilles injury.
Charnley and Ashley
Fans were dismayed at that – especially when Santon left on the last day of the window, and now with injuries to Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett and Siem de Jong, which will keep them out for the full season Newcastle are down to 15 fit senior players.
Massadio Haidara is also injured so Davide Santon would be playing if he was still here.
And it hasn’t helped that indiscipline by Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini has gotten them suspended for a number of games and they are also not available.
Even Remie Streete, a promising young center-back was allowed to leave for a loan deal to Rangers – so Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley did a lot of stuff wrong in January.
And that included “selling” Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace for £4M, and now we also have inexperienced John Carver in charge – and he’s an unknown quantity and hasn’t done well in his first 11 games in charge, losing six of them and winning only two.
In the seven games he was in charge of a year ago, when Pardew was suspended, we lost six of them.
John Carver was asked if Newcastle were now paying the price of a lack of investment in January and allowing players to leave the club:
“The fact that Lee and Mike have acknowledged that doesn’t make me feel better.” “But at least the people understand out there that that’s what happened.” (big deal)
“Now whether it was me or Pards, if he was still here, or whoever was here, that would be the same situation.” “I have always said, from day one, that I have got to deal with the situation, and I will.”
“Now, who knows what they are thinking? They might take this into consideration. I don’t know.”
“But what I won’t do is I won’t give up on it, I won’t think ‘well, I’ve got all those people out, that’s it. That’s me done, I’m not going to get this job’. I’m not going to think that way.”
“I had Paul Dummett,” “We had Willo and Colo. We had three center-backs.” “I’m sure there was a conversation about a centre-half, but it was about getting the right one and not just taking one.
“You know what it’s like in that window – you just panic and take somebody for the sake of it. “Sometimes it works out for you, but who was to know this was going to happen?”
“What I have to say is, take all those injuries away and we have got 26 professionals.” “Now that is a decent-sized squad and under normal circumstances. That’s not a problem with three or four injuries.”
“Five or six is pushing it, but not as many as that.” “Long-term, that’s what has killed us, so even if we had brought in two or three players, we would have had to get rid of two or three players to keep the size of our squad together.”
Those words from John Carver are disturbing – is he backing the upper management for the mess they have made?
Yes – we know John has to get one with it – but that’s not the point – the point is why did Newcastle do in January what they did that has left Newcastle with a threadbare squad?
Their actions significantly helped to weaken the squad.
We just hope we can get a couple of wins to make us safe in the league – but it’s with no help from the upper management at Newcastle – they have helped create this problem.
Much like they caused it a year ago when we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M and didn’t replace him.
And John Carver towards the end of January agreed with Lee Charnley that we didn’t need any new players brought in – so John cannot complain – he agreed with that they were doing.
It was obvious to fans we needed new players in January – how come it wasn’t obvious to Charnley and Ashley?
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