Siem De Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles all played for the Newcastle U21 side at Darsley Park last night and that was good news to keep them match fit, and we expect Karl Darlow to be on the bench at Crystal Palace.
With Newcastle in a precarious position in the league table, we expect there to be some Board meetings before January to decide on who we are going to bring into the squad to try to stave off relegation.
From what we have seen so far it looks like we´ll be in a fight all season to avoid the drop.
Steve McClaren trying to choke himself on Saturday
Yes – it was that bad
We hope we are wrong on that, but we don´t seem to have progressed too much from some of the displays the team put in under John Carver – and we have some better players now.
And Steve McClaren and his coaching staff have to show the Newcastle fans that they can prepare a side for a game and have them give 100% – and that has been missing in far too many games this season.
If you look at our squad there´s no way we should be fourth bottom of the league – so Steve has to get more out of the players he has available.
Newcastle should know exactly who the targets are for the January transfer window and then try to tie up deals right now so the players can come in early in January and if we have to pay out big money for them – then so be it.
There can be no indecision and hesitation we had last January when we failed to sign Dele Alli and others.
The Newcastle Board has to be bold and yes – that may be difficult for them.
It´s going to be worth paying out big money if we can stay in the Premier League because if we take the drop we lose out on the big bucks that can go towards building a top side.
One concern after Saturday´s insipid display is that we could be in a poor position in the league come January and then it could be difficult to attract top players to join Newcastle.
That´s why it´s so important that we win some games before the turn of the year and to do that Steve McClaren has to make sure his players are ready and up for the games.
They should all be read the riot act for the display they turned in at St. James´ Park on Saturday.
There have been far too many displays like Saturday already this season and we hear players apologize and say they´ll be better next time out and then after a few games the same thing happens all over again.
That´s not good and must stop.