Tim Krul had said that a number of Newcastle players were knackered after the tough game at Old Trafford on Saturday, but former midfield star Rob Lee says the new players will need to get used to playing many games in England – that’s just the way it is – and Rob also said if you want to win things you have to play a lot of games.
Rob Lee when he played at Newcastle
He’s got the Shearer wave there
And Newcastle now want to win things in England and the only ones we have a chance of winning are the two cups – the FA Cup and the League Cup (Capital One Cup) and we play Northampton tonight in the second round of the League Cup.
This is what Rob has said today on Kicca:
“So some Newcastle players are saying they are knackered after playing four games in just 17 days, well that’s just the way the Premier League is.”
“Games have always come thick and fast and if you want to win trophies – and that is definitely Newcastle’s aim – you have to compete in a lot of competitions.”
“I know that is the reason why some foreign players have struggled to adapt to the pace of life in the Premier League in the past, but it is part and parcel of British football.”
“I am sure the manager and his coaching staff will take into account the amount of games already played and the fixtures ahead and adapt the training to suit.”
“I was a player who always preferred playing to training and I believe that you can only really get match sharp by playing competitive games. Training may well get you fit but it’s no match for the real thing.”
The team we put out yesterday for the game tonight has as many as eight changes from the side that started on Saturday, but it still looks like an experienced side.
Janmaat Williamson (c) Lascelles Haidara
Obertan de Jong Aarons
Subs: Elliot Mbemba Coloccini Wijnaldum Colback Thauvin Mitrovic
Janmaat, Williamson, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, and Cisse are all experienced players at Newcastle, but eight changes may be too many for tonight?
But McClaren will need to give players like those a start, to at least keep them (or make them) match fit, when they will be needed in future games.
It’s a difficult decision in team selection for Steve McClaren tonight, but he must get it right and we have to advance at home to Northampton Town.
What would your team be for tonight?