The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

Whatever Happened To This Newcastle Center-Back?

9:31 am, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Center-back Curtis Good was signed from Melbourne Heart in the summer of 2012 for around £400K and he was thought to be an outstanding prospect for the future at that time.

But since then Curtis had suffered a string of injuries culminating in the hip injury he picked up in March of last year when he represented Australia for the first time in the friendly against Ecuador.

That injury cost him his place in Australia’s World Cup squad, which would have been excellent experience for him.

curtis good steven taylor steve mcclaren training

Curtis Good on the left in pre-season training

But worse than that is that he hasn’t been back playing much at all since then and is still out with that same hip injury after he broke down again in pre-season training.

The 22-year-old had surgery on the hip last February and made his return in Newcastle’s 1-0 friendly win over Gateshead in July.

But after that game the hip became troublesome again and he was ruled out of Newcastle’s pre-season tour of the United States and he’s been out ever since.

Curtis Good Ecuador+22got4we3XVl

Curtis Good in Australia’s colors

It would have been a good time for Curtis to have shown what he can do for Newcastle since we are weak in central defense and brought in Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht in the summer and are likely to bring in another center-back next month.

We’re not sure what the status is of Good’s hip injury and he is one of 10 Newcastle players currently out with no return date.

Papiss Cisse is the latest to pick up an injury with a groin strain he picked up in the first half during Saturday’s game.

And yes Newcastle remain top of the injury league above Liverpool who have (only) nine injuries.

Here is the Injury Table that gives one point every time a player misses one Premier League game – and we;e top of that too.

Curtis Good has played only one competitive game for the Newcastle first team – two years ago on 28th August, 2013 in the League Cup at Morecambe – which we won 2-0.

He has been out on two loan spells with Bradford City and Dundee United and did well in both of those loon spells.

But he certainly hasn’t had any luck with injuries since he arrived on Tyneside over three years ago on  a six year contract, and he’s still got time at only 22 years of age.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Curtis Good · Injuries · International News · Newcastle News

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mag52 // Dec 22, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    It’s some comfort, I suppose, that our next opponents are just one place behind us in the injury league.

  • 2 Jib // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM Sep 2015 – Curtis Good has been injured again, and he is out of Newcastle’s two remaining tour games against Sacramento Republic and Portland Timber

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM


    Bit harsh on Carr on previous threads. Yes he has undoubtably made mistakes, Rivi, cabella, haidara and the de jongs spring to mind, but Wijnaldum, Mitro, MBemba and perez and Sissoko for the money spent on those 2 look outstanding buys and when pardew was here Tiote, cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Guti, Colo, ben arfa, santon etc were all in their prime.

    I actually thought thauvin looked good on saturday. Ranieri proves it’s not all about the money, ie Mahrez for 400M, but more the sum of the parts and players busting a gut for the team, with no little quality sprinked in for good measure.

    Look at manu, spent fortunes and have a renowned manager but their fans are v unhappy.

  • 4 Mag52 // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    As for Thauvin who is getting a lot of stick at present, if our policy(Ashley’s policy) is to stay away from buying older players with PL experience, we’ve got to give the youngsters we bring in a chance to acclimatize themselves to the pace and physicality of this league.
    A case in point is Ozil of Arsenal who has taken up to now to get used to the premiership, and is now proving what a fine player he is.
    Thauvin’s no Ozil, but he’s just beginning to show he’s not to be written off after less than half a season.

  • 5 John Tudor // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    ozil had regular games to acclimatise Thauvin has’nt

  • 6 Jib // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Curtis had a second operation for a hip flexor tear in the summer .
    It would appear not enough time was given after the first op in Feb 2015 to July 2015 (5 months) so you can see he is going to be some time yet.

  • 7 Jib // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Ozil had 105 games in La Liga for Real Madrid.

  • 8 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Ozil was in spectacular form when he first signed for Arsenal. Incomparable to Thauvin.

  • 9 Jib // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Ozil also had 56 games in Europe and 75 International games for Germany before he joined Arsenal

  • 10 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Özil made his debut for Arsenal in their league game away to Sunderland on 14 September 2013. He assisted Olivier Giroud’s goal in the 11th minute of the match as they went on to win 3–1. Three days after that, he made his Champions League debut for Arsenal against Marseille. Just over three weeks after making his debut for Arsenal, he made his home debut against Stoke City in a 3–1 victory. He was involved in all three goals, with two assists and a free kick which was saved but fell into Aaron Ramsey’s path. He scored his first goal for Arsenal, a brilliantly controlled finish from a Ramsey cross, in a 2–0 win against Napoli in the Champions League. On 19 October, he scored his first two Premier League goals during the 4–1 home win against Norwich City.[47] Özil played in all six of Arsenal’s games in November. The German playmaker provided the cross for Jack Wilshere’s second goal against Marseille and gave further assists for Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini in the 3–0 win over Cardiff City. Özil missed the chance to score his fourth Arsenal goal when he saw his penalty in the win over Marseille saved by Steve Mandanda.

    Özil was again short-listed for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, along with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Özil was also featured on the UEFA Team of the Year.

    Özil began December with two goals in as many games against Hull City and Everton. A minor shoulder injury forced him out of the final game of December in a win against Newcastle United. After the 6–3 defeat at Manchester City in which he made another assist.

    Özil and Olivier Giroud before kick-off against Southampton on 23 November 2013.
    Özil started four of Arsenal’s six games in January. The playmaker missed Arsenal’s victory over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day with a shoulder injury before returning to make a late appearance from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. The 25-year-old produced a slide-rule pass for Lukas Podolski to score his first goal against Coventry City and provided the ball for Santi Cazorla’s goal against Southampton at the end of the month to take his assist tally to 10.

  • 11 Mag52 // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Yes, I said Thauvin’s no Ozil(unfortunately), but there’s no denying he hasn’t found it easy to play his best consistently in the premiership until this season.
    Getting on the back of a youngster who, at the moment, is just a bit part player will do nothing for his confidence.

  • 12 manxpie // Dec 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    We haven’t had a decent squad under Ashley full stop let alone the best since sir Bobby

  • 13 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    We haven’t had a decent squad under Ashley. Or coaching setup. Or Manager. Actually we haven’t had anything decent except cut price season tickets to come and watch this not decent stuff.

  • 14 banjax // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Assuming Loic Remy is available on loan in January and he is willing, then Newcastle should go for him and take the opportunity to off load Rivierre permanently. This would make a lot of sense especially since QPR are still talking high fees for Austin. We need quality players who can slot straight in and hit the ground running, not the players who need time to acclimatise and push us even further into the relegation mire. So to sum up, rather waste money in January buying (unless the deal is available) players who are’nt ready to roll, instead we should go for the likes of Townsend, Remy on loan and give the Summer the lions share of our transfer kitty.

  • 15 banjax // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Totally agree with your comments !

  • 16 Jib // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Totally agree with your comments !

  • 17 OneAlanShearer // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    I see the Ronnie has said we have no interest in Matip in January. I honestly expect Ashley to stitch us up again. All the hype about signing in 3 windows was pure PR just like distancing himself from the board. Treating us all like mugs again. We need 4 to 6 players and will likely sell instead. Sickening.

  • 18 Mag52 // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Absolutely right Banjax.
    All we need to do now is to convince MA that this is the way to go.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Ancient…but Cabella was on form when we signed him…massive form actually.

    Haidara was not a poor buy…he just shouldn’t be first choice just yet. Alot of buys we have made are not poor, they just don’t the football philosophy of Newcastle.

  • 20 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Tsunki I agree with oh wait hang on….

  • 21 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Can’t have this lads all this agreement stuff is blog poison 🙂

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    The “football philosophy of Newcastle” hmm I must have missed that mission statement. How does it go again, Jesper? 😐

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    *don’t fit

  • 24 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    jesperfuglsang – signing a player in good form represents less of a risk than signing a player in poor form.

  • 25 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Photo caption of SM up there –

    “I’d better hang on to these as long as I can”

  • 26 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    The Thauvin deal was as much about getting rid of Cabella, as it was about signing Thauvin. Just another poorly thought out gamble.

    I hope Thauvin comes good, if he does, it will not be down to some inspired scouting, it will be because the club got lucky. Since when do clubs with top 8 ambitions sign players horribly out of form from Ligue 1.

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Photo caption –
    “Look at this! I can make the ball float in mid air!”

  • 28 Lindisfarne // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Cheeky bid for Christian Benteke?

  • 29 banjax // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Ha. Don’t worry there will be plenty of disagreement later. Enjoy the good bits !

  • 30 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Thauvin was a handshake with an agent many moons ago, he wasn’t just a recent idea.

    I thought he made an immediate impact when he came on, got some good crosses in had their rb’s life for a while. Just the bad conditions underfoot scuttled the game. I think Thauvin needs confidence shown in him for a few games.

  • 31 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    ‘Arsenal and Newcastle have missed out on the signing of French starlet Florian Thauvin after he opted to join Lille.’ 2013.

    Why didn’t the club make a bolder effort to sign him back then.

  • 32 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Cabella would have cost us an extra 8m if we’d kept him. For me I’m glad we got rid of the king of pointless stepovers. Thauvin may come good or he may not, needs a run in the team to fully adjust. However he’s managed to do more in 1 game albeit against a piss poor team than Cabella managed in an entire season!!

    Give Thauvin some time though, he might surprise some!!

  • 33 Thump // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    @Our Toon: I’ll have you know that Obertan can out-stepover Cabella all day every day.

  • 34 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Around this time last season, Cabella was in the top 3 players in the Premier League for creating chances.

    Thauvin has had chances in the team, and demonstrated very little. Aside from coming off the bench with fresh legs and looking fresher than other players… I haven’t seen anything from him yet.

  • 35 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:23 PM


    Obertan can but he does it a couple of times at best. Cabella does it every time he gets the ball. A pointless stepover, followed by another….then a pirouette which means he goes back to where he’s started off….opposition reorganise, some players caught offside as the ball wasn’t passed and then we start again!!

    Think that pretty much sums up Cabella for me

  • 36 Ron Knee // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    McClaren: “Pardew’s nose is this long!”

  • 37 Roosta // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Pardew, will be the next England manager imo, i personally would have wheelbarrowed him over the Tyne Bridge many times.

  • 38 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:27 PM


    It’s a very deceiving stat. Break down the actual numbers to real goal scoring chances created then you’ll understand why people don’t talk about chances created and they talk more about assists which led to goals.

    Btw Danny Simpson was the best RB in the league when we finished 5th according to stats

    Cisse was the 3rd best striker for mins played to goals ratio last season

    Stats are very misleading until broken down properly!!

  • 39 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Thauvin might be a touch petulant. He has the look of a player who could be really good if he cared enough. Did anyone notice his sliding knackle when he first came on the other day? Looked committed then! 🙂

  • 40 jimmygscot // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Thauvin will show better form if he had a good full back playing behind him. squad needs a good CB, LB and St.
    I like both Colback and Anita but they are too similar they both work hard for the team but a fit Tiote would give better cover in front of the back four.

  • 41 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM


    Discuss pardew next season, he’s always hailed in his first full season, let’s see how things go forward for him. Good luck to the bloke because he’ll need it for next season. Good luck to palace for this season as I have no ill will toward them…..but please stop with the pardew shite though, he’s gone reevaluate it in 5 years time if he’s achieved anything not in almost 12 months though!!

  • 42 AncientC // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Our Toon – there is nothing deceiving about the chances created stat, every other player is judged by the same analysis. A chance created is a chance created, nothing more, nothing less.

    “Cisse was the 3rd best striker for mins played to goals ratio last season”

    What is misleading about the Cisse stat? It does not imply anything other than the information it contains.

  • 43 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Ed can we have a “P####w-free zone” please. Like

  • 44 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Poor Papiss. Once revered, then injured, and returned a bit too quickly, then having to scrap for chances in a selection of depleted teams and absolutely shocking midfield shapes with no service. He gets the dogs on here now, which is a real shame, because a run in a decent side would probably propel him up the scorers list again.

  • 45 geordie157 // Dec 22, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Thauvin looked fairly decent when he came on, put some good crosses in, didn’t try anything to fancy and tracked back….a bit.

    Mbabu and him down the left….although Coleman and defoulou could cause problems might be best to force them to defend

  • 46 Roosta // Dec 22, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Our Toon, Pardew was in a blog question by Ed, i just gave an answer on that, not out of the blue, its a blog son.

previous post: Newcastle’s Opportunity To Get Back On Track Against Toffees

next post: Newcastle Again Reported Interested In This Player