Newcastle Still Vulnerable In This Position

There has been news in the last couple of days that Newcastle are trying to bring in Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes on loan for the rest of the season, but manager Louis van Gaal has blocked the move.

There has been a feud going on for too long between the two men and it´s not a good situation as Valdes doesn´t even train with the United first team squad.

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Victor Valdes – Newcastle wanted him on loan?

Newcastle lost Tim Krul last October to a season ending knee injury, but Rob Elliot has been a revelation in goal for us, but the Newcastle top brass should be thinking carefully on what they will do if Rob is inured.

And if Victor Valdes did come to Newcastle he would hardly start with Elliot in such good form.

The powers that be at Newcastle cannot be accused of being good planners and only last January we allowed Davide Santon to leave on the very last day of the transfer window for Inter-Milan because a deal was possible.

Their thinking was that we had both Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara available for that position, but both are injury prone and pretty soon after Davide left both were injured again and we struggled at left back for the rest of the season.

In fact Paul Dummett had to finally come back and play while he was still injured for the last few games, which is why he was out for a few months at the start of this season.

That´s some of the lack of good management and planning at Newcastle – that keeps having us lurch from one crisis to another over the last few years.

If Rob is injured – and remember he has that dodgy thigh – Newcastle will not be able to bring in an emergency goalkeeper because we still have Karl Darlow and Freddie Shepherd available.

So some plan needs to be in place in case that happens and knowing Murphy´s Law well – if things can go wrong they will and at the worst possible time – it probably will happen at some stage – knowing Newcastle´s luck.

Maybe we could bring in Steve Harper for the rest of the season and get him fit and up to speed in case Rob is injured?

But he would also take up a valuable position in the 25 Premier League players Newcastle must give to the league in early February.

It will be interesting to know what Newcastle´s plan is if Rob is injured, because Karl and Freddie have only one Premier League appearance between them – when Karl played against West Brom is the 1-0 defeat.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.