You can almost work out the thinking that Rafa put into his squad last summer, as he began building Newcastle from the bottom up.
He was well aware for the past decade at least that Newcastle’s injury record every season has been horrendous with Newcastle always top of the Injury League in the Premier League.
So he was determined to build a big squad, so if we did get injuries he could cope with the potential loss of players.
Daryl Murphy in action against Wolves in League Cup
And then he also set about fixing some of the causes of our poor injury record by replacing old and outdated 3G technology pitches with updated and new 4G technology,
Rafa would also have well-worn procedures in training that were in put in place over the years to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
What has happened is that Rafa seems to have got the injury problems under control and last week we had only the very unlucky Rolando Aarons not fit out of the first team squad of 27 players – everybody else was fit.
And that’s been the case for most of this season – we have picked up very few injuries and so it has been difficult for Rafa to give all his players a game.
Players like Daryl Murphy, Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar have only 3 appearances between them this season and they all played for the U-23 side earlier his week to get some match practice.
Daryl Murphy is one player who is very keen to get more playing time on Tyneside and this is what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“I feel in good shape. Hopefully I will be involved.” “It’s now up to me to catch the manager’s eye in training day-in, day-out. It’s then up to him.”
“I have been fit for quite a while, and I am delighted to be back from injury.”
“It is looking good. In this league, it is about consistency and we have had that so far.”
“With the squad we have the gaffer can change things at any time – and he can bring on players who are just as good as the players who are playing.”
“I am just itching to go now.”
Murphy has played in the Championship for the last five seasons for Ipswich Town and was the top scorer back in the 2014/2015 season when he scored 27 goals in 48 appearances.
Daryl scored 67 goals in 221 total appearances for Ipswich, but when he will play again for the Newcastle first team in anybody’s guess.
What do you think?