Three Players Out Injured – Newcastle Short Of Players Again

Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are all out for tomorrow’s game against West Brom tomorrow afternoon – and we will not know until next week how long Chancel Mbemba will be out with his ankle injury.

And it’s just anybody’s guess who will play left-back tomorrow, although it will probably be winger Rolando Aarons.

And Newcastle are so short of players that McClaren has had to draft in three U21 players for the squad.

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Steve McClaren at his press conference today

That’s just a shocking state of affairs to be in and again reflects on Newcastle’s squad being far too small and the club just doesn’t think through things like injuries and suspensions – as they let players leave the club.

The exact same thing happened last year and it’s unacceptable that Newcastle are in this predicament a few days after the January transfer window closed.

It’s happened before but not when we are in dire danger of being relegated.

These are the initial comments coming from McClaren at his press conference this afternoon:

“We have got talent but we have to be more consistent. We also need attitude, character and to hold our nerve.”

“Tomorrow is a big game and 50,000 Geordies will demand a performance of attitude, character and football.”

“It may be asking too much of Seydou to start tomorrow but we hope he will feature at some stage.”

“At the last count we had 12 out and one suspension, so we’ve drafted in three under-21 players for tomorrow.”

“Chancel had had one scan and is getting a second opinion. By the middle of next week we should have the diagnosis.”

“Steven Taylor is a true Geordie who wears his heart on his sleeve and we need that type of character tomorrow.”

It will be a huge blow if Cancel is out for any length of time.

And we just shudder in case the brilliant Rob Elliot gets injured because if he is out, we don’t see any plan in place from Newcastle other than to play the inexperienced Karl Darlow in goal.

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27 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    which other club do you know that has the chief scout on the board ????

  • JDdubai

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Come on Hollywood, put in some performances this next month and you will have earned your contract extension for the next 3 year of sitting in the treatment room.

  • JDdubai

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3


    Or the manager? Doesnt mean the Scout is. Dir of Football which was my point.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Team tomorrow then:


    Poor team, I’d rather play a kid that has never played in the premier league – but specialises in left back – then Aarons. Sissoko needs to be dropped, he’s clearly showing that he doesn’t have what it takes to be in a relegation battle (he probably thinks he’s way better then that). Mitrovic has to start scoring, if he misses another sitter tomorrow then he’s just another Heskey with age on his side.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re also starting to see the real Shelvey, his Wednesday performance was borderline pathetic. He needs to show more fight but he also needs the ball alot more. Our players on Wednesday looked like they hadn’t trained together – could be new signings gelling – and it was a terrible performance. In my opinion that was mainly because Gini went hiding(away again). Everytime Townsend picked up the ball everyone was ages away from him. It was just so poor, I hope they all have a better understanding tomorrow. I guess it’s good though since we’re expected to dominate the ball, Shelvey hopefully turns it up a notch again.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    I would play this tomorrow:-


  • magscar

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    magscar // Feb 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM


    I presume Posada’s take ( as in fact mine) comes from this type of article ( not only one to my recollection)

    in which references to his De Facto role have appeared.

    Who is the Director of football voice on football matters at club otherwise – Moncur?

    I don’t for one minute believe it is Charnley or Ashley – McClaren’s elevation to the board suggest he now has an input.

    I have asked on here a number of times for any poster to name other chief scouts – here or at any other club with as high a profile or influence as Carr seems to enjoy. Still waiting despite availability of Google to jar memories.

    I personally can’t name or recall any of our previous Chief Scouts over my more than 40 years of support but that might just be my age 🙂

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I guess it’s a bad time to come on ahah. Be on later…

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Mitrovic is not a bad finisher.
    He scored bags of goals in Belgium.
    In case people didn’t know you have to finish chances to score goals.
    And he’s still the most important player to the team, as proved on Wednesday.
    He’s missed a few good chances, but he’s 21, he’ll start scoring again.
    At least he’s getting himself in the position to score goals, the same can’t be said about others.

  • toon kk

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Looking at our last fourteen fixtures, there won’t be many points coming our way.
    I predict
    West brom, hard to say?
    Chelsea L
    City L
    Stoke D
    Bournemouth W
    Leicester L
    Sunderland L sad but they want it more
    Norwich W
    Southampton D
    Swansea L
    Liverpool D
    Palace L
    Villa W
    Tottenham L

    Relegated, of course Doumbia may hit the ground running and hopefully change things.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #11


    I agree mate, he is important to our team, but unfortunately that’s not enough if no-one else is scoring the goals. He is 21, so he will improve, however we simply don’t have the time to wait for him to come good. Right now he either needs to be dropped or he needs a partner who can finish the chances Mitrovic simply can’t. But who’s that going to be? An out of form Perez? Gini who played terribly on Wednesday? An unfit Doumbia? An injured Cisse? Lol. It’s a dire situation mate.

  • MadisonToon

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #12

    It doesn’t look promising for us tomorrow given the injuries, although I have a feeling we will come out comfortable winners because we do the unexpected. 4 – 1.


    Bring Doumbia on for any of the front 4 and we can switch to a 4-4-2 if we need to – keep two strikers up top with two of Doumbia/Mitro/Perez. I think we need to put Townsend as our LB and push him to attack while having Saivet commit completely to covering. I know that’s not his best but when you don’t have any other good options, you’ve got to try something.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Does these people really hope to get our sympathy for being short of players in a certain department?

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Jesper it’s ridiculous mate if that’s the case.

  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Youngmagpie – that might not be a bad should having gouffy at left back yakno, at least he’s a grafter and not as lightweight as Aarons, if not I’d pop saivet there, whoever plays lb tomorrow shouldn’t be blamed for us getting destroyed though, they’ll be out of position in a defence that should have been strengthened. And if like ed says and elliit gets injured were done for.

    My team would be –

    Wouldn’t start townsend as he looked lost last time out, and shelvey was awful, need to get back to basics bulk up the midfield to cover the defence and get pace up top with mitro as the outlet when we need to get the ball up the pitch, give him support and let him concentrate on bringing the ball down and making the pass, if we had Perez and Aarons as forwards either side he might just have the support he needs, then bring doumbia on for Aarons or mitro at some point and sub whoever else where needed…

  • hibbitt

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    that’s exactly what they want………. PR at its finest

  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Crap forgot our best player, swap wiji for Aarons!

  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Awh well we’ve got 12 players injured so we’ve had to draft some youngers in… We never expected to pick up any injuries to our defenders when we knew we had so many out anyway… We really did try to get a left back in but we only had a month so it made it hard and we couldn’t manage it… But weve got loads of quality at centerback so we didn’t need to get anyone…

    Well macca you were the one who shit the bed now lay in it!

  • bladeuser

    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #19

    The biggest joke club not just in England but world football the defensive situation is a total farce my God a pub team is more professional than this moronic club
    All the board needs sacking
    Five fans could sit in that boardroom and given 80 mil that these jokers have wasted have nufc in the top half of the table instead of staring at the drop

  • U.S Magpie

    Feb 5, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Shocker what a shocker, this has never happened to Newcastle United. We have never ever gone after players in the transfer window last minute and missed out only to get players injured and wished that we would have made more of an effort. That’s just bad luck for the Magpies, if only this had happened before they would have never made that mistake again. Now hopefully if that ever happens again they will do everything in there power to get that player they need signed. Ok Toon Army, do you think I laid that on pretty thick. Because hopefully some idiot at Newcastle reads these blogs and straight from my heart to the idiot. You a phucking Idiot for once again letting this happen at our club. Morons dumb shits total head in the clouds aholes. I know pretty think again.

  • The Diamond dogs hoojars

    Feb 5, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Let’s go 443
    Shirley Temple

    West Brom are a stubborn outfit with Pulis in charge, that said i do think we will score more than one, we must not conceed more than one though, yea, blind faith, it’s getting tested to the max though.

  • davis_toons

    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    @7, thats facts.

    That’s why we do not have a wider spread of managers to select.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Thank god the City game is postpond ‘cos of their cup comments! It gives us some breathing space after Chelsea ! Surely if we lose against WBA Wally will have to walk! He’s not as thick skinned as P45 and let’s face it, this squad should not be in the bottom 3!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24


  • Moonraker15

    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Wally is to blame for not insisting on defence cover especially a goalie. The idiots could have got Steve Harper till the end of the season. If Elliot gets an injury we might as well start planning our days out in the Championship. The incompetenice is incredible. I don’t think I could have felt lower than after the Everton game and the players looked haunted at the end!

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 5, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #26

    For me Townsend should play LB and Perez should play on the wing. I’d also drop Shelvey and play Tiote alongside Saviet.

    Both Mitro and Perez would start as our worst performances are when McClaren has made the mistake of dropping one or the other when they were starting to gel. Doumbia would stay on the bench. At least without Shelvey we wouldn’t have to carry a player because in his last two performances he has let the side down badly with his lack of mobility and effort, not to mention giving the ball away cheaply.

  • Benwell Boy

    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Who are we gonna play in defence then?


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