Newcastle are completely threadbare in defense at the moment, and we have only five regular defenders fit in Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara.
Davide Santon in action against Napoli this month
And Darryl left the field in the second half on Saturday with a groin problem, but thankfully John Carver said the injury doesn’t seem serious.
Hopefully Daryl will play on Saturday against Aston Villa, and keep up his record of having started every Premier League game for the club this season.
Most Premier League clubs given Newcastle’s situation with center-backs last season – we only had two fit, would have brought in another center-back – but Newcastle didn’t do that.
And then of course Paul Dummett picks up an injury and is probably out for the rest of the season.
So while Newcastle didn’t bring in any back four players we also let one of our most experienced defenders in Davide Santon leave the club on loan to Inter-Milan for the rest of the season.
Given Newcastle’s crisis with the lack of experienced defenders at the moment most PL clubs would recall Davide.
We’ll see if that happens, and in fact w e hope that’s possible.
But there are two potential reasons why Davide will not be recalled.
- Newcastle may not have put a recall clause in his loan contract to Inter-Milan, and that would mean we cannot recall him – that would be a good question to ask Lee Charnley
- Newcastle are set to get anything from £4M up for the Italian International left-back in the summer from Inter for his permanent transfer, and recalling him would put that deal in jeopardy – and so we think Newcastle will be loath to recall Davide – even if they can
We could be wrong on that, but that would at least be consistent with the way Mike Ashley thinks, and also how he runs the club – which is like a clearing house at bank.
The other way of thinking of it is that players are like stocks and shares at Newcastle where you bring them in and sell them at a big profit as soon as possible.
You bring in players and then sell them, hopefully at a profit sometime in the future, and you make more money if they are sold fairly quickly like Yohan Cabaye (30 months – £15M profit) or Mathieu Debuchy was even better (18 months – £7M profit)
We’ll not make a profit on Davide or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who we sold to Roma last month, but Newcastle should at least get their money back.
These are the decisions a club makes when money is more important than the strength of the playing squad.
Sadly, that’s the way Newcastle seem to being run these days.
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