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.


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.

15 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m still confident we’ll sign Townsend.But I hope he will not be Sissoko replacement. As Sutty said earlier, if Sissoko leaves,we’ll get relegated.
    This club is nothing without Wijnaldum and Sissoko.
    As for Berahino, hope he goes to Chelsea.Don’t think he is the type of Striker we need atm.He is physically thin. Remy is a safe choice by all means and if Berahino to Chelsea happens, they may give us Remy,w/h’ll be an astute signing at least for the rest of the season!!

  • defenders needed

    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    surely we could manage with darlow I wish would invest in a left back though we have only got dummit and what happened last weekend? ……. He went off injured

  • Yorkshire Magpie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure how good Freddie Shepherd would do in goal, hes a bit old now, Freddie woodman might be the better option

  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Good that they’re looking at an experienced back-up keeper.

    Harps would be safe-ish but it’s too early for Darlow to take such responsibility.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Sissoko didn’t stand out on Saturday as much as Wijni (well, no-one did) or Shelvey but he was, and is, still very important to our rhythm and pattern of play.

  • expatmag

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe Freddie Fletcher could make a comeback in goal…….lol

  • expatmag

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Start winning games, move up the table and just watch the improvement in Sissoko.

    He is a confidence player


    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    U dont want Berahino because he is thin?

  • toontaff2

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Freddie Shepherd in goal! Maybe he is better than Darlow?


    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Scott Sinclair really available for 2 mill? And Ben Yedder 7.5 mill?

  • Stick It On Me Jonjo

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11


    “This club is nothing without Wijnaldum and Sissoko.”

    I understand you are highlighting the importance of these players for the club right now, but to say that the club is nothing without them is a bit over the top don’t you think pal? lol

  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Freddie Shepherd’d be ideal – just get him to lie on the goal line and nowt’d get past him!

  • ayecanny

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13


    I’d be more then happy if we got Berhinho and Townsend, expensive yes.. but young, English and will want to prove people wrong. If we can get them both for 25 mil I would be happy. Berhinho has big potential, over 85 prem appearances he just needs to sort his attitude out but that will happen. Also will be first time in a long time where competition for places is going to actually happen. puts pressure on sissoko to actually perform every game rather then 1 every 3 games and mitrovic – hard not to like mitrovic I do believe he will come good but puts a bit of pressure on his position.

    I had a look at contract expiring in the summer, need woodman and Aarons to sign up as they both end in the summer, Aarons hopefully will sort his injury out and I hope he gets sent out on loan ( Wolves would be the perfect club for him)


    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    on the townsend/phillips debate
    from my understanding townsend is possibly coming in on the left hand side as that has been our most troublesome position all season which needs sorting now,it will take a little bit of a reinvention of the way townsend has played but the lad has played on the left not as much as on the right but has played there and is a natural left footer,phillips is right footer and a decent player at that,but he is more of a right winger/sided player and would be good competition for sissoko but right now its not a priority where as the left hand side is….people are talking about the money being so much different 5 m/14m….townsend is a 24yr old english international which has played mid to top half of the table more often then not, which we all know means his price will be inflated… whereas phillips is a 24 yr old scottish international who’s been playing in the championship and relegated from the premier,and you have to ask why has no premier side not made more of an effort to sign him,not knocking him as he would make a great addition to our squad to push sissoko but its not a priority at the minute the left hand side is…..just my view although im not 100% sold on townsend he would seem to be the better fit for what we need right now

  • Jack Root

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Maybe this isn’t the time to scapegoat Carr. However he does have form for buying pick and mix footballers. Thauvin clearly wasn’t McClaren’s choice. Although he is left-footed Thauvin played on the right of Marseille’s 4-2-3-1 last season. Before signing he said he would prefer to be in the hole behind a striker, as he doesn’t enjoy defending. Overall he had massively disappointed last season in that wide attacking role. He scored only five goals and reports suggest he was drained by his defensive duties. To give a balanced assessment I would point out that earlier in his career he did excell on the left wing at Bastia.
    McClaren was still getting his feet under the table but Carr I assume saw Thauvin as a means of improving the service to Mitrovic and Cisse. Mitrovic is the sort of striker who is heavily dependant on the right sort of crosses and service. For me Carr stands charged of not learning from the Cabella experience. Was Thauvin seriously seen as better than Cabella !
    Last summer it was being talked about that De Jong would play in the hole. The position that McClaren had spoken of Wijnaldum occupying.
    McClaren has said that Sissoko’s best position is wide on the right.
    Anyway the French media at the time thought Marseille had got the better of the deal.
    Cabella cost Newcastle £12m but struggled with the physicality of the Premier League. It’s been said that Carr saw Thauvin as a player who would delight a Newcastle crowd that had relished watching Ginola and Robert. Many toon fans think he is fixated with the tricky ball player types and not with the Premiership in mind. We need a total reboot of the scouting system and programme. It seems on the evidence that McClaren’s hand has been strengthened.
    Wasn’t Thauvin included in Liege 1 worst team of 2014/15?


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