Newcastle sent five young players north of the border in January on loan to Rangers, and yet three of them are still unfit and still to play for the team, and only Haris Vuckic has played for Rangers regularly.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
20 year old center-back Remie Streete played almost 45 minutes in his first game, before he suffered a groin injury, so four of the five players are currently out injured, and apart from Haris and Remie, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Gael Bigirimana are unlikely to play this season because of injury.
Back at Newcastle at the moment we have only 15 fit senior players available for the home game today against Arsenal, with the others out injured or suspended, so it does show just how many injuries Newcastle players pick up every season.
We always pick up more injuries than any other club in the Premier League almost every season.
Rangers are paying the wages of the five players, which is one reason Mike Ashley wanted to sent them north of the border – to get their wages off the wage bill.
Mike thinks about money – and how Newcastle can save it.
That’s why we sent Italian International left back Davide Santon to Inter-Milan on loan in late January, and the deal has been made permanent, but we have no fit left-backs now – with Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara being out with long term injuries.
Newcastle’s actions in the January transfer window or lack of it in bringing in new players, has caused the Newcastle squad to become decimated and we still have 9 games to play.
No players were brought in even though it was obvious our squad was very small and we had long term injuries to a number of senior players.
New Rangers manager Stuart McCall has said the players’ wages are being paid by the Scottish club:
“Listen, Harris has been certainly good, the more games he plays and the more football he gets under his belt the stronger and fitter he will get.
“Shane is a long-standing knee injury. It’ll be alright him getting sent out, I haven’t spoken to John Carver but I read that in a couple of weeks’ time he would be sent up.”
“He had a minor setback, some fluid on his knee that swelled up, so that set him back.” “But I’ve been out 11 months with a knee injury and it takes you at least six weeks to get anywhere near. Kevin is training with us, so we might get a bit of football from him.”
“And Remie is out for two to three weeks at the moment and he’s had different muscle injuries, a hamstring and a groin.”
Newcastle will release their financial figures for the last financial year within the next week or two, and they will show we have close to £130M in revenue (19th richest club in the world according to Deloitte’s Money League), and something like £40M in profits.
Both record amounts for the Tyneside club, but Newcastle will be sliding down the league table in the final nine games of the season, if only because we have such a weakened side through injury.
We are currently in 11th place but Mike also managed to sell manager Alan Pardew in early January for £4M compensation to Crystal Palace, and inexperienced John Carver has been asked to coach the side through the rest of the season.
If you think of the ABBA song Money, Money, Money – you have a good description of the way Mike Ashley thinks.
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