This Is Clearly The Underlying Problem At Newcastle

As usual, Newcastle are way out on top of the Premier League Injury table (Physioroom.com) with 13 injured players out at the moment with the next in line being Manchester City with only eight injured players.

Last season Newcastle had by far the worst injury record of any club in the Premier League and were top of the Injury League where one point is awarded when one player misses one Premier League game.

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Last season we had 97 points more than the next club – Manchester United – who had only 72% of the points Newcastle amassed.

Earlier this year sometimes we had fifteen first team players not available when John Carver was the interim head coach and now we have thirteen out injured, so whatever measures Newcastle took in the summer to cut down the injuries simply isn´t working.

There´s been no change at all with our poor injury record.

And other problems John Carver had  for the second half of last season are affecting Steve McClaren and the coaching team this season.

Newcastle players don´t seem to turn up at some games and some don´t even seem to care too much.

And there are too many times this season that resemble our play under John Carver – the team collapses far too many times when the going gets tough.

So there hasn´t been all that much change there either – the problems we have at Newcastle seem to be endemic.

Newcastle will need to get their act together quickly if we are to start to get some wins that will take us up the league table and away from bottom place where we find ourselves after the first eight games.

It certainly hasn´t helped things that we have now lost Tim Krul for the season, so we´ll be without one of our best players for the remaining 20 league games.

We are hoping Rob Elliot and/or Karl Darlow will be able to adequately stand in for the Dutch International.

And maybe young Freddie Woodman who has been recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town may even be able to force himself into the first team.

Steve McClaren has said the season starts against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon and he´s right.

We need to win that game to double the number of points we have in the Premier League.

That would be a very good start.