For at least ten years now, one of the things that have stopped Newcastle from having competition for places all over the pitch is our terrible injury record – and we are always top of the Injury League in the Premier League.
There’s something wrong somewhere in the way Newcastle deal with injuries and we are now hoping that Rafa Benitez can solve that mystery.
Rafa has asked to be in charge of the medical department so he can get to grips with what’s going on and why Newcastle always have so many injuries.
Rafa Benitez – will control medical department
First of all we have officially won the Injury League yet again – rather easily – and here are the final standings:
This season it has been embarrassing with both our left backs – Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara – being injury prone and when Rafa came in during March, we didn’t have a recognized left back and Vurnon Anita had to play there.
It begs the question as to why Lee Charnley very quickly sold Davide Santon a year last January to Inter-Milan – another stupid decision by the completely incompetent Managing Director.
If Rafa does join us this coming week – which we are told is almost a certainty – he will be given carte blanche and one of the areas he will be looking at closely is the medical department.
But it seems one obvious reason for our problems is that Newcastle bring back injured players far too quickly.
Ir was noticeable with Rafa that he didn’t do that – and the injuries tended to clear up once the former Liverpool manager came in and at the end of the season we had just five injured players.
If Rafa can just improve our injury situation next season, we will have more players available to play and more competition for places – that has to be a big positive.
It’s an area which can immediately improve the side if we can get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Somebody has to do that – and who better than Rafa Benitez?