A number of players in Newcastle’s first team squad have not played too many games this season for us and there are two main reasons for that.
One is that Newcastle have quite a sizable first team squad for the first time for a long time – and that’s what manager Rafa Benitez wanted in the summer.
The second reason is that Rafa seems to have immediately handled the chronic injury problems at Newcastle and we have had very few injuries this season.
At the moment we have 26 players fit of the 27 man squad.
Daryl Murphy in action and scoring for the U-23 side yesterday
Only Rolando Aarons with his serious long-term ACL knee problem is out injured at the moment.
One of the players who has played one game so far for Newcastle is Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy, but he’s been struggling with injuries for a while now, although the striker seems to be fit again.
Three first teamers played yesterday for the U-23 side against West Brom at Whitley Park – Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar played the full 90 minutes and Daryl Murphy played the first half.
The big Irishman put Newcastle ahead with what Peter Beardsley described as a brilliant goal.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw and Rafa Benitez and his coaches was there to watch the game.
This is what Daryl has said in he Chronicle today:
“I have been ready for the last week.” “I have trained with the lads.” “I just needed a few minutes under my belt to get rid of a few of the cobwebs.”
“I have not played for a while but feel in good shape.” “I think the main thing was to get some game-time.” “I needed that, I haven’t played for quite a while but the goal was a little bonus.”
“It’s been very frustrating because when I signed here I was fully fit and ready.” “I played one game and then picked up an injury literally the next day.”
“It has been very frustrating for me sitting in the stands and watching the lads do well.” “You want to be involved and help the team.” “But I’m on the comeback now so hopefully I can stay injury free.”
“It’s been brilliant and since I have come here there has been competition for places.” “To see the lads doing so well is great.”
“We’ve got so many players here the gaffer could choose from so many and it’s a good headache to have.”
This is what Development manager Peter Beardsley said after the game yesterday:
“I think we played really well in the first half. Daryl Murphy scored a brilliant goal, and for him to get across the near post like that was good for our kids to see and a good experience for him.”
“You can’t teach what he does. It was great to have him playing for us, but the plan was for him to play 45 minutes, which was perfect for him.”
“It’s always nice to have them, and it was good for them to be there. It was a big plus for us.”
Daryl’s one game for the club was the full 90 minutes in the League Cup win against Wolves back on September 20th.”
Let’s hope the Irishman can stay fit and battle Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic for the starting position up front at Newcastle.