These Problems Continue To Hamper Newcastle

Rafa Benitez will not have a regular left-back to choose from for a few weeks yet,  as both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still out injured.

Sadio has been out since late October with that knee injury of his, but last Thursday at Benton he twisted the knee in training while on his way back – and he will out for a few weeks.

Sadio has made only 8 appearances this season since he signed for us just over three years ago, the Frenchman has had a number of injuries and played only 48 times for the first team.

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Paul Dummett – continues to have problems with hamstring

24-year-old Paul Dummett has had various hamstring injuries over the last 18 months and it didn’t help that he was asked to play injured in the final few games of last season – and was out for a few months at the beginning of this season because of that.

Paul must be allowed to fully recover from these hamstring problems, because otherwise his hamstring injuries will become chronic (they already are) and affect what could be a very good career.

Newcastle have a terrible injury record for over a decade now and we are always top of the injury league.

Here is the latest injury table for this season with one point awarded when on player in unavailable for a Premier League game.

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A challenge for Rafa Benitez is now who to play at left back on Saturday at Norwich City, with Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Rolando Aarons and maybe even Moussa Sissoko candidates for that position.

There is very little chance that Rolando will play there, with Rafa depending on the more experienced Newcastle players for the run-in to the season.

Anita can play well in either full-back position and we think he could get the nod on Saturday, but it’s indicative of the lop-sided Newcastle squad caused by some poor signings and poor planning in the last two transfer windows.

Rafa seems to be only allowing players back from injury who prove to him they are fully recovered from those injuries, which is one reason it seems to be taking captain Fabricio Coloccini so long to return to the side.

Hopefully we can survive this season and Rafa will then have time to put things right – including understanding and then hopefully correcting why we pick up get so many injuries every single season. has Newcastle  with 11 injured players at the moment, two more than Liverpool in second place.

And Curtis Good has been out with his hip injury for over two years now – so we’re not sure exactly what’s going on there.

Newcastle’s poor injury record is yet more evidence of how poorly the club has been run over the last several years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome – but please refrain from criticizing other readers who have differing opinions to your own. I want his blog to be safe for people with all different opinions on Newcastle and the news to feel safe in expressing them.


88 comments so far

  • mactoon

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #1

    One Word… Mbabu !!!

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Betty (end of last thread)
    Amen to that…well said.

    On topic:
    Who needs a left back anyway? why not try 3 at the back (Lascelles, Mbemba, Taylor / Colo)
    2 genuine wide midfielders / wingers would give us good wide attacking support..

  • jayphoto

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Mbabu has put in the strongest LB performance this season anyhow…
    Not much mentioned on here but Rafa has only kept a squad of 20 training and the young LB adu-peprah has been kept as one of those and not been one of the reserves or out of favour players banished away from the first team.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4


    two words…………….NOT FIT

  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Forgive my cynicism Jib, but your exchanges with Ed on the 23rd do not relate to your posts on 14th, where you might note that you and Vollans who you say was posting as you, posted within one minute of each other –

    48Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    From Companies House
    Registered Address: St James Park,, Newcastle-upon-tyne, NE1 4ST

    Age 125 years (Incorporation date 11/03/1890)

    Always been a company bonny lad

    49ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Sounds like I’ve missed all the fun this morning lo?l

    You reference posts you made about Bas Dost on 23rd, strangely you made two on the 14th when you say you weren’t you.
    Also you haven’t explained this jib as having exactly the same assigned picture as you.

    Tell you what, Jib – to spare you wriggling about trying to call everyone’s bluff on what we recall, and following your fibs into the pit, why not recant your erroneous ways and just post your factoids and observations without all the insulting, calling out and sniping? Then there’ll be no need to dredge up your spotty history again. Deal?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Bunch of petty twats!

  • toon kk

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s going to be Very tuff picking up any points with our squad between now and the end of the season with our squad especially with all our injuries. But even with a fully fit squad we haven’t one proven striker.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    You know what, it’s more like a tennis match at times on here (too much of the time in fact).

    If it has any bearing on the situation I for one don’t bother reading the toing and froing most of the time, I’m sure may others don’t either. Just though I’d throw that into the court.

    As for the team selection I think Anita should get a start and perhaps even bring Sterry into the sqaud.

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Janmaat M’Bemba Lascelles Anita
    Sissoko Wijnaldum Shelvey Townsend
    De Jong Mitrovic
    Townsend given free rein to switch wings as he sees fit with the other 4 the floating rectangle in the middle and Big AL doing his good holding up work

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d stick Moussa at LB before Aarons. He didn’t do too bad in his first match there if I remember rightly but then got stung good and proper in his next outing. For me, Sissoko hasn’t offered anything offensively in ages and is seriously lacking the desired fight and drive thats gonna be needed for a scrappy relegation run in.

    Id alterate Townsend and Gini on either flank with Siem just behind Mitro. Shelvey and Tiote?? centre mid. Is Tiote back yet?

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #11

    I want to see Doumbia get some time as well but this doesn’t look like it will ever happen eh

    Think we should give up ever seeing him in a shirt again. What do we reckon?

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Dummett
    Sissoko Anita Colback
    Wijnaldum De Jong

    This was the team the last time we played really well away from home v Spurs 13th December
    Perez came on for De Jong after an Hour and Mitro for Cissé 10 minutes later
    Eric Dier scored for them just before halftime and the 2 subs Ayoze and Big Al got us 2 late goals.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Rafa has been working on groups of players being on each other’s wavelengths. I can recall Marveaux playing some clever passes into Cisse who scored a few vital goals. I don’t know if Rafa has looked that far back in the archives but apparently he’s not ruling anything out at this stage.

  • lesh

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Could Haidara be yet another of Carr’s stellar signings?

    Could it be time for Carr to put his Senior Travel pass to better use than scouting for us? Maybe his time’d be better used travelling the UK by bus.

  • lesh

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m certainly not questioning the severity of the injuries our players seem to suffer, but wonder whether the infirm realise they’re writing themselves out of Rafa’s thinking?

  • lesh

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16


    Three words – well spot ted!

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    The best thing about Rafa and his coaching team is probably that they come with no prejudices or preconceived opinions of our players.
    If de Jong is to be believed , that was the case with SM with regard to him ,.
    He feels he was only played by McClaren when we were down to the bare bones

  • Toondulkar

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I m not sure about how many victories, but we will be unbeaten for the remainder of the season.We have already started this against Sunderland . Now only thing that can happen is us improving.We will definately play better than we did against sunderland. If we do that than we will definately get more than a point against Norwich. That Mitrovic goal i believe has actually changed the dynamics of the relegation battle, not by points but the desire,confidence and belief that hardwork with quality can do. I m sure Benitez knows now what will be his best team.
    My Team
    Anita/Janmaat Mbemba Lasc Sissoko
    Wijnaldum Tiote Shelvey Townsend
    De jong Mitrovic

  • Our Toon

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Alright all, been a while since i was last on here. Reading through the janmaat article and i had to laugh, if he wants out then please go as hes utter shite. As for comments of him being tried out as winger or better suited as a winger….dear me, the lad can’t cross to save his life. The only person he finds is the keeper time and time again.

    Jib – i dont think any player is a mercenary, they work for a living and if someone wants to pay them more then good on them as it is a career for them. If you were offered more money to do the same job you’d take the money and run. Yes they earn a lot but they also have shorter careers, some more than others.

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Our Toon
    If you are thinking of my comment about Dutch players – probably mercenary was the wrong word – it wasn’t the money side I meant , more loyalty to a particular club or region.

    I sounded as if I was criticising DJ which I wasn’t .
    The Dutch tend to be more straight up about things , no phoney badge kissing for them !

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    The likes of Janmaat won’t have a queue of CL clubs eager to sign him. He definitely gives the impression he wants away so best for both parties he keeps his gob shut and gives his all on the pitch.


    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    He will last a week then be back to his biting best, just long enough for most to forget and forgive. Similar to his past performances of playing innocent

  • firebug666

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Our Toon

    Janmaat would be better as a winger as he is pants as a defender, his crossing is not to bad, yes a lot go to the keeper, unchallenged.

    Janmaat runs up and down the pitch from byline to byline mate, he is bound to tire.

    As a winger he will have less space to cover, and more time to place his crosses I would think.


    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Tbf Janmatt has kept his gob shut and just gotten on has he not?

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Wwsbrd……. Apparently he was desperate to get in the Shop window
    Via the Dutch Team as he’s thinking we’ ll be relegated. He was obviously told to shut up and given a spun statement to make about how things are better under Rafa but I think he’s looking for pastures new.

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t forget if you can get BBC 2 Wales.
    Just starting Gareth Bale vs The Ukraine

  • Our Toon

    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #27


    Yeah they dont have any loyalty but that worls both ways, why should players be loyal?

    Colo was loyal to us when we got relegated and the thanks he gets is abuse everyday from fans, Jonas was also loyal and we dropped him as he got cancer, treated the lad with so much disrespect….shocking

    Firebug – the reason his crosses go unchallenged is because the idiot can’t cross, he floats it socthe keeper catches it. Winger he is not and a fullback hes not either, hes a typical modern day fullback who cant defend, likes to get forward. Gini 1 cross goal. Janmaat 10 crosses 8 in the keepers gloves, 1 out for a throwin which by passed everyone as it was overhit. 1 out for a goal kick. If he played as a winger then his end product needs to be on point!!

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Well the Welsh won the battle of the anthems by a mile

  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Yo – time will tell.

    On the crossing thing, don’t get me started. I did a double take when Townsend started doing fast low crosses. We’ve been looping those keeper training balls in for years. Our results from corners and crosses is absolutely dire. I just don’t understand whose job it is to train these guys.

  • Nufc-83

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki I would agree Danny Simpson was the worst for floating crosses it really annoys me as even if our player can win the ball he has to generate all the power himself and it becomes a million times harder to score. If the ball whips in with speed then it makes everything so much easier for us and harder to defend even if the placement isn’t perfect balls like that will often cause scrambles.

  • Nufc-83

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Also I am not sure why Jaanmat is receiving so much abuse lately he is a good player overall and is on a bit of a bad patch but his defending is not as bad as people make out (pretty much similar to most premiership full backs apart from the elite). All of our attacks go down the right side as we don’t have anything on the left so he deserves plaudits for getting up and down the pitch and causing teams problems fron the right. His crossing is not normally as bad as it was against Sunderland.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #32

    I think it was common knowledge that Jeff from Benwell was a bearded lady with a penchant for Google. Not long after he disappeared Jane appeared. It was assumed that Jeff didn’t want to be called Jeff anymore and wanted to be known by his new name as he felt he’d been trapped in the wrong body for too long, there seemed to be a bit of a tranquil period until Jane got drunk and put on her old underpants one night and Jib was reborn.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail 🙂 careful you’ll stir up the hornets nest again!

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Just because you work on a rig you don’t have to be boring all the time
    Get it !
    Boring aalll—— I’ll get me coat

  • toon kk

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #35

    You cannot pick out one player such as janmaat for being poor or decent come to that. Most of our players if not all have been sh.t, tbh if a worker had been so poor at there job in another business they would have been sacked.

    Rafa will have his work cut out motivating the lazy ******.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #36

    We’ve had worse than janmaat. But we’ve always entertained Gill backs who think they are great wingers. We haven’t concentrated nearly enough on specialist wing players. We’ve basically experimented with all sorts of out of position players.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Grow up Jail.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #38

    What’s a Gill back btw? I’ve never heard of those. Some kind of genetic experiment?

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail…. Now I’m really confused. Are you saying that Jib is actually transgender?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Our Toon,
    I wouldn’t say Collo was loyal at all by sticking around in the Championship, Ashley panicked and tried to sell everyone he could and the only players that left were those that could better deals elsewhere with the rest prefering their lot in the Championship than taking a paycut and moving elsewhere. Damien Duff professed his loyalty very shortly before scarpering to Fulham. Where was Enriques loyalty when he jumped ship to Lpool a season later, not blaming them just don’t think those that stayed in the CC was out of a sense of loyalty but financial.


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