With Jack Colback missing from the team yesterday due to injury, Steve McClaren put in Yoan Gouffran in defensive midfield, which shows the lack of depth we have in the team at the moment.
Newcastle currently have 10 injured players out according to Physioroom.com with Jack Colback said to be fit again on 18th October so we don´t know if Jack will make the next game at home to Norwich City in two weeks time.
Cheick Tiote – can do a job for Newcastle?
But it looks like Cheick Tiote may be finally fit again and he came on yesterday in the second half and he could potentially play a role in turning around Newcastle´s season, which we need to do before the end of the year.
The longer Newcastle stay in the relegation zone the longer players will lack confidence and find ways of losing games.
What´s needed is a win this season maybe by a few goals to get some confidence back into this squad.
It´s a bit like last season when we carried on our poor from the previous season and in the 2013-2014 season we lost seven of our last eight games and then went the first seven games last season with only four draws and no wins.
But that´s better than we´ve done this season and maybe Cheick Tiote can come in and give us some bite in midfield and maybe the Ivory Coast International can help settle things down at Newcastle.
He´s played for Steve McClaren before when FC Twente won their first and only Eredivisie title back in 2010 so maybe he can play well for McClaren at Newcastle.
There´s a danger that if we don’t start winning soon we could be set adrift from the rest of the teams in the league and then it becomes very difficult to get back into the swing of things.
And to think we thought after we just survived last season the club would have put things right by now.
What´s that about the best-laid plans of mice and men?
They often go awry.