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Why Newcastle Need A Bigger Squad Next Season

8:30 am, Saturday, June 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

The Newcastle players will report back to training next Wednesday after a fairly short summer break and the new goal for Newcastle next season are a top eight finish in the league and to try to win one of the cups – The FA Cup for the first time since we hammered Manchester City 3-1 in 1955 or the League Cup for the first time ever.

And since we are going to compete in all three local competitions next season instead of just the league, then we will need a bigger squad which means a bigger wage bill – so we’ll see what we end up with by September.

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Paul Dummett – in action last season

Local Kenton lad Paul Dummett is one of our players who will report back, and like a number of players last season he had injury troubles and was out a while earlier in the year with an injured knee and he also had some hamstring problems.

This is what Paul has said in the Chronicle today, when asked if we can finish in the top half of the table:

“That was our aim last season.” “But from January and February we had 35 points we just drifted away and never regained that form we’d shown in the first half when we played.¨

“We’re not a bad team.” “We beat teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool and bad teams don’t do that.”

“We also won six games in a row. We need to find that form again.” “Hopefully that does happen and it can give us a boost going into pre-season.“

“New players can help us push up the Premier League so we aren’t in the same position we were in at the end of the season next year.”

If you believe last season collapse from January on was due in the main to the poor coaching and man-management of John Carver then we should be in decent shape next season.

We did fairly well in the first half of the season with 26 points from the first 19 games while Alan Pardew was still at the club, and we were in a decent 9th place.

Newcastle also did well in the League Cup beating Manchester City away, and reaching the last eight before crashing out 4-0 at Spurs in what was a poor performance.

If we replicated that first half of the season before the end of the year it wouldn’t be too bad,  and we would be in with a decent chance of finishing in the top eight for only the second time since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.

But we need to solve the mystery why we always pick up so many injuries each season, and those chronic injury problems depletes an already small squad.

So the fact we pick up so many injuries is another reason we need a bigger squad, but we hope the new coaching staff will solve that problem next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · FA Cup · Injuries · League Cup · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I expect Supermac to sign both these players from Go Ahead Eagles who have just been relegated from the Eredivisie in Holland.
    Glynor Plet and Wesley Verhoek
    They are both 6 foot plus forwards not top drawer players , but the type of loyal uncomplaining workhorses every club needs.
    McClaren has bought them both before and they have done a job for him.They could be paid for out of the tea money tin.

  • 2 davetoon // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:42 AM


  • 3 mickalfas // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    We need to improve the quality of the squad imo,not the size
    Deadwood out
    Quality in

  • 4 WestOzMag // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Ummm because we had the highest amount of injures last season? Plz dont call me cluedo or out!

  • 5 Slank // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Presumably Ed you mean we need a bigger squad than the 33 we had registered for 2014/2015 but within the limits allowed ?

    Of the 33 some have already departed.

    Perhaps someone can give us the latest breakdown ?

  • 6 davetoon // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    This is pretty funny if you havent seen already

  • 7 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    This is as up to date as any

    Thanks to Niall and Biffa

  • 8 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Pass me the needle and thread I think my sides have just split.
    That Tony Forrest guy looks quite adult , must have a childs mind I guess.

  • 9 LGFUAD21 // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    I really don’t think there’s anything in the cabella story. I also don’t think Thauvin for cabella is good business.

    Thauvin looks more comfortable on the ball and is slightly faster but that’s about it. Cabella looked a better prospect in France and I don’t see the point in swapping a player who could now be beginning to understand the league for one that would have to get used to it.

    On saylor. I think it’s a shame he can’t stay fit. When he gets a good run of games together he looks a top defender. It’s only when he’s just back from injury he does silly things.

    Much like tiote who always needs a run to get the engine going

  • 10 davetoon // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    yeah you are a real bad ass Jib.

    If you cant laugh at that Charnley pic, you dont have a sense of humour

  • 11 LGFUAD21 // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    We will have to offload before buying.

    We have numbers but they aren’t good enough sadly.

    More deadwood now then the days of Alan smith.

    Sadly I think abeid should probably go. He clearly has some potential but he’s not convincing to warrant a squad place for me.

    The rest to go are probably quite clear cut. I’d keep cabella though. Terrible season but showed some flashes of potential in this league.

    It’s not the physicality of the league so much as the pace and lack of time for decision making that foreign players struggle with.

  • 12 WLtoon // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    We had 25 registered for epl duty last season the same as everyone else,so buying players just to make the numbers up wont make any difference.
    We need quality to cover for the injured but the problem is not the players we are targeting, but actually getting them through the door thats the same old problem.
    Thousands of fans thrive on rumours up here and the latest RUMOUR is that the transfer kitty is not the 60 mil that some fans seem to think was available,another RUMOUR, but 30 mil,and that includes the players wages.
    Jib@1 might of been joking about the 2 players from Holland but we are more likely to get players of that ilk than someone like Austin.

  • 13 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Twas I that showed folk how to make a Charnley, so don’t tell me I cannot mock and be humourous.
    The fact that the guy has a Twatter account tells me all I need to know about him and probably you if you have one.

  • 14 Brutooon // Jun 28, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    The problem is that our quality players are injured and sold.

    And below average players are playing week in week out :

    – Williamson, not even a league 1 team would go for him even for a FREE
    – Gouffron, useless since we signed him.

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