It seems that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have told John Carver the obvious – that they should have brought some players in during the January transfer window to strengthen the squad, and of course the big news yesterday was that we are down to only 15 senior players with maybe two more coming back – after about three games – Coloccini after his suspension and Rolando Aarons is the only one who’s injured at the moment who isn’t out long term.
Ryan Taylor – could move to right back
That’s a very difficult situation to tbe in,. especially when we play an in-form Arsenal side tomorrow at home – and Arsenal are odds on (4-7) to win this game.
In fact it will be a shock if Arsenal don’t win, because a draw would be a great result for us, if we can get it.
This is what John has said about the game yesterday at his press conference:
“It’s a big challenge, I understand that and it’s my job to prepare the team right to put in a performance that responds to the Everton game.”
“We’ve battened down the hatches. We realise we are a small group at the moment and it’s going to be a difficult time, but the only way you get through these difficult times is by being together, being strong, being upbeat and still having a smile on your face.”
‘You’ve got to be careful when you play against sides like Arsenal. We’ve got to consolidate and make sure we don’t concede early, that’s for sure. Against a good side like this it will be very, very difficult to get the ball.”
“Their possession stats are one of the highest in the division, so they are a good footballing side and they like to play. So we are going to have to be patient but we do have one or two things up our sleeve when we get turnovers, and we will try to break them down.”
“When we play at home though, we just seem to have a different mentality. I remember coming up against Liverpool at home and Chelsea at home, where we had two great results. We didn’t put them under pressure – instead we had a nice shape to the team and we played out of the shape. We need to do the same thing.”
It should be a full house tomorrow, but it’s going to be very tough for the lads.
Ryan Taylor could move to right back – and Jonas could come in at left back, and the first 30 minutes are going to be very important, because the longer we can go without conceding the better it will be for Newcastle.
If we start like we did against Manchester City the game could be over as a contest very quickly.
We’re not sure who can score the goals for Newcatsle but Remy Cabella and Ayoze Perez must both start.
It looks like an almost certain Arsenal win – but in cases like this in the past – even this season with unbeaten Chelsea at home in early December, Newcatsle have produced the unexpected.
It would be a gigantic lift if Newcastle can get 3 points tomorrow and a draw would also be an excellent result for us – given the dire situation with our playing squad right now.
What do you think?
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