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What To Do In Case Of Newcastle’s Disaster Scenario

Newcastle are really short on defenders, so we assume John Carver and the coaches are thinking about what they will do if we get even more bad luck over the last 13 games of the season,  and Mike Williamson or Fab Coloccini suffer injuries.

remie streete

Remie Streete – bring him back to Newcastle from Rangers

As it happens we have Ryan Taylor fit again, and Ryan can play in either full-back position and so can Vurnon Anita, and the Dutchman played a whole season for Ajax at left back, so he knows the position well.

And we also have Jonas Gutierrez coming into some match fitness, and he again has good experience and played left back for Argentina in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Jack Colback also played left back while he was at Sunderland.

So if we get injuries to Janmaat or Haidara we have some cover at full-back.

But we don’t have that level of cover if Coloccini or Williamson are injured.

We would expect that Newcastle will recall Remie Streete from Rangers – and indeed we would have expected Remie to have been recalled already, although he may still be out injured with a groin strain.

Newcastle have 19 year-old Slovakian Lubo Satka available, and he can play at right back or center-back, but of course he has very little experience, and that’s also true of Remie Streete.

One option for Newcastle is to play the experienced Daryl Janmaat at center-half if Willo or Colo are injured,  and certainly when Mathieu Debuchy played there for the first time for Arsenal earlier this season, he looked solid at the back.

Daryl’s height(6’1″) and experience could make him into a decent emergency central defender, and John Carver mentioned in his press conference yesterday that he can use Daryl at center-back – so that’s good.

If things get tough the other thing Newcastle could do is to look at any free agents who may be available, but that would be a long shot.

We would expect John Carver is trying out Daryl in practice at center-back, just in case he is needed there before the end of the season.

Of course the best case scenario is that none of the back four or Tim Krul are injured – but with Newcastle’s terrible injury record this season, that’s unlikely.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far


    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    streete is injured again and has only played 30 plus games in 3 years and never more than 3 in a row try satka .

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I think 8 draws from the remaining 13 games will be enough and that has been the clubs thinking since Pardew walked.
    Whether that’s because of parsimony ,or because there will be a new coach in Summer with his own ideas , only time will tell.

  • BandB

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Eight draws won’t be enough to get us “as far up the table as possible”, which both Charnley and Carver insist is the target.
    Are you suggesting they are insincere?

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Carver reckons we are fine as Raylor and Anita can cover the fullbacks and janmaat can cover the centre-half position and that’s why reinforcements weren’t brought in but then goes on to say a couple of more injuries and we’re right in the brown stuff.

    What a load of fcuking shite! That’s not “having options” that’s makeshift at best using players who aren’t specialists in the specific positions especially defensive ones.

    What planet is the lickarse on? Another example of saying he’ll put up with ANYTHING to get the job and make excuses for the dictatorship. Have you NO shame john? Obviously not!

    Oh and how is 1 win in 6 “ok in this league” john? It’s a disgrace.

    I’m a geordie meeee.

    Boils my fcuking piss the twat.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost from earlier thread

    G’day Canny

    I wasn’t suggesting for a minute that Carver was responsible for not buying in January – that is not as we all know, his job.

    But what I was driving at was that he was happy, brow-beaten into accepting a clearly inadequate squad and acquiescing to the departure of Santon and the Rangers five.

    There is a limit to his input in the proposed Head Coach role, but surely he should have raised strong objections to further weakening a squad already weak in certain areas – CB and striker?

    Carver risks his reputation as a coach if he doesn’t opine om the tools he’s given to work with.

    The job’s his and if that is the case next season, then his appointment has got to rank alongside other gems of Ashley wisdom – Wise, Jimanez, the Keegan debacle, letting Hughton go, appointing Kinnear, retaining Pardew not recruiting a credible replacement and… Watch this space – there will be more I’m sure.

  • runheed

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s Parsimony without a doubt

  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve been a bit angry and negative of late on here so not been posting as much, had to try and get out of my NUFC caused depression.

    I have decided to try and be more positive for a while.

    I’m positive Carver is a complete imbecile, If his game plan for Man City is the same as his “Top Secret Plan” for Palace I can see a thrashing coming.

    I’m positive that the players we have fit and available will not be enough to get a result this weekend.

    I’m positive that the idiots who infest our club at boardroom level will stick with the chief ar*e licker in the summer, and we will not see any new coaches coming in never mind a head coach.

    I’m positive that we now have the worst football Head Coach ever.

    I’m positive we will lose this weekend.

    So at least now I’m more positive.

  • AncientC

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Can the injury situation be believed?

    This is the problem with lying to the fans about injuries in the past, you erode trust.

    If the club will lie about injuries for cup competitions, what is to say they are not lying about keeping other players out… threatening players nearing end of contracts etc.

    Sammy and now Cabella has a knock, other injured players are somehow managing to get injured in the process of being injured… (Sammy with a contract coming up, if he is out of the side the club can bargain him down)

    It would not shock me in the least if players get paid a certain percentage more for games they play in, with Charnley scheming in behind the scenes, deciding which games certain players can be dropped for to save money.

    Oh well, this ‘state of the art’ training complex should help… within the next couple of years the players will not have to train on frozen solid pitches during winter anymore; also, there will be a swimming pool… welcome to state of the art in the millionaires club.

  • one fine day

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    8 draws to look forward to before season end .
    We truly are living the dream.
    I will struggle to watch this at 4 am
    Feel sorry for anyone going to st james these days knowing we are fully intending to simply go through the motions
    Honestly how the @@ck did it come to this?

  • one fine day

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Yes once that’s finished we shall boast of the finest facilities in the championship 🙂

  • sickandtired

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    The best case scenario was the obvious one that Ashley ignored again. He should have bought in January. Every man jack supporter has been screaming for at least one defender since last season. This is the Ashley model in all its glory.

  • Sav

    Feb 20, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe we are seriously discussing playing our RB at centrehalf with the window just shut, 7 players moved out and record profits in the bag. Are Anita or Ryan Taylor anywhere near as good at RB as Janmaat? We’ve moved from hoping to win stuff to being glad we can manage to get 11 bodies out and to hell with the results. Disgrace.

  • Brazilianbob

    Feb 20, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    This lack of defenders isn’t a new scenario as far as nufc is concerned. Some of the older fans will recall Keegan playing our reserve centre forward at center half due to injuries. Steve Howey ring a bell anyone. He became a regular centre half and even picked up an England cap as centre half so who knows what might happen if colour or Willo get injured although I can’t see Armstrong at centre half. Perhaps Ferryra or Riviere could do a job there!!!!


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