We’ve been surprised that 24 times capped Scottish International Grant Hanley hasn’t had more playing time since he arrived at Newcastle.
Hanley arrived from Blackburn where he had been captain and played 46 times for the club last season with a couple of goals.
Grant Hanley after scoring against QPR last Tuesday
In fact in the last four Championship seasons since Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League back in 2012, Grant has played 162 times with 7 goals for Rovers so he hasn’t exactly been on the bench much.
So far he’s made only 3 appearances for Newcastle with one goal.
Grant has been talking to nufcTV today:
“There are a number of players fighting for positions, it’s only going to do the squad good.” “It can help everybody improve.”
“Cup runs are always great. They are good for the fans and the players.” “The manager gets a chance to rotate his squad.”
“It’s good when you get into the later rounds and get that cup atmosphere around the place, it’s good for everybody.”
“After you have a bad game you always have a chance to put things right pretty quickly in this league.”
“It’s now a chance for a wee bit of revenge.”
“The main focus here is promotion, our season isn’t going to revolve around getting our own back on Wolves.”
“But it’s a chance to put the right the wrongs of Saturday.”
The back four had a real poor day at the office last Saturday afternoon and we expect a number of changes to be made and Karl Darlow will also deservedly get a chance tonight.
And we should hear shortly if Newcastle’s appeal against Vurnon Anita’s red card has been upheld.