Newcastle getting hammered 6-1 just before the International break in a game in which we conceded all six goals in about 20 minutes just about guaranteed it would be doom and gloom on Tyneside.
Defense has been our Achilles heel for three seasons now and why it wasn’t fixed in the summer we just don’t know.
Daryl Janmaat – not a serious injury
That’s especially after Lee Charnley sold our number one left-back Davide Santon right out of the blue on the last days of the January transfer window.
There is little real news during these two week breaks and it’s brought out all the doom and gloomers.
It’s very hard to be positive about Newcastle’s start, which is the worst on ever in the Premier League and almost the worst ever start to a league program in our 123 year history.
Let’s just say after just eight games we are a full 6 points from safety.
That’s not good by any measure and as we expected there are calls starting for McClaren to be fired.
Former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn thinks McClaren will be fired if results don’t improve in two or three games.
We heard this morning that Daryl Janmaat had withdrawn from the Dutch squad with a knee injury, but there’s actually some news which could even be classed as good news for Newcastle.
The news is that Daryl Janmaat’s knee injury is not serious and he was withdrawn as a precautionary measure by Newcastle and he has a very good chance to be fit for the vital home game a week on Sunday against Norwich.
However, this afternoon Newcastle issued some news from Anthony Marshall – the Managing Editor of the club’s web-site.
Daryl Janmaat has withdrawn from the Holland squad as a precautionary measure.
The right-back was one of four Newcastle United players named in the Netherlands’ 23-man party for European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan (Saturday, 10th October) and Czech Republic (Tuesday, 13th October).
After suffering stiffness in his knee, Janmaat will miss both fixtures and will return to Tyneside to be assessed by the Club’s medical staff, with the Magpies hopeful he will be available to face Norwich City on Sunday, 18th October.
But it looks like both Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara will still not be fit for the Norwich game so somebody will need to step in at left-back against Norwich – maybe Vurnon Anita.
Paul hasn’t been fit all season with his hamstring injury.
Our injuries are as bad as ever at Newcastle and currently we are listed as having 12 injuries which is seven more than Everton in second place.
Why do we get all these injuries every single season?
But hey – it could have been a lot worse on Daryl Janmaat.