We’ve heard John Carver say it many times – that Newcastle have just been so unlucky with injuries this season – especially this year – with the squad being small and down to the bare bones for the rest of the season.
Papiss Cisse – will miss 10 games through suspension this season
And it certainly hasn’t helped that indiscipline on the field has caused Papiss Cisse to be suspended for seven games, and that’s 10 games Papiss will miss through suspension, and we assume he’s been fine by the club.
And of all people to lose his head, Fabricio Coloccini, the captain, was sent off and suspended for three games for a wild tackle in the debacle at Everton, which Newcastle managed to lose 3-0.
There are at least two things Newcastle seem to be responsible for in our current troubles:
- We didn’t take the necessary actions in January to fortify the squad when we knew the side was short of players at both center-back and striker – and instead we made £10M by essentially selling Alan Pardew, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon. And then it didn’t help when we sent Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic on loan to Rangers FC late in January, and both youngsters could have helped Newcastle in their current predicament.
- Newcastle have always been suspect in the way they bring players back from injury and how they train and why we get so many injuries.
And the fact that we are almost always top to the Premier League injury table, and it’s been even worse this season – cannot just be bad luck.
Our players are always being injured – and the case of Rolando Aarons points to players being played when they are not fully fit – so the very least the club should be doing is an investigation on their procedures in training and bringing players back from injury.
When Lee Charnley and John Carver say we have been unlucky with injuries, that’s only half the story.
And Newcastle did absolutely nothing – repeat nothing – to strengthen the side in January – but we still made £10M – which seems to be the priority at Newcastle under the current owner – to make money.
If you don’t learn form the your mistakes then history repeats itself.
So we are hoping that Newcastle will look into how come we have so many injuries, and also start to prioritize the playing squad rather than just making money.
If we can do both those things, there’s no good reason since we are now becoming a rich club – that we cannot compete for the top six in the Premier League and the local Cups every season.
That’s our hope.
Howay The Lads!!
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