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Alan Shearer Thinks Newcastle Will Be Fine If They Avoid This Key Problem


There was some news yesterday that Florian Lejeune was in with a chance to make the squad for Chelsea on Saturday.

While we would prefer the club to wait a little longer before involving the 28-year-old, it highlights just how the team has recovered from their early-season injury woes.

At one point this season, Newcastle had up to eight players out through injury. Now only Matt Ritchie is not involved in first-team training.

Florian Lejeune is now the only player recovering from injury who has yet to get into the match-day squad. DeAndre Yedlin is back in the team, and Dwight Gayle was named on the substitute’s bench against Manchester United.

Alan Shearer reckons that if Newcastle can avoid another run of injuries, they should have enough in the squad to survive this season.

Alan made some comments about Newcastle’s prospects going forward after their trying start to the season. This is what Alan had to say as published in the Daily Mail:

“They’ve had a hammering, and rightly so, but you always get a right to reply as a footballer and football manager.

“I was delighted for Steve that they beat Man U. I was delighted for the team because when you put in a performance like they did (against Leicester), you know you’re going to get battered.

“Steve’s had to put up with a lot of crap over the last couple of weeks.

“There’s something in there to work with. If you can keep the majority of the squad fit, then I think nthey’ll do all right.

“If you get a result like that against Man United, it certainly gives you something to go and build on.

“It’s been a mixture. I mean, there have been some poor performances. Norwich away and Leicester away were terrible. Then you look at Tottenham and Man United.

“If you look at investment in January, and hopefully that’ll come as well.”

Alan seems to have come around a little bit since the early in the season when he feared a relegation battle. However, it is a big question mark if Newcastle can keep these players fit over the long-haul.

For whatever reason, this season has seen a rash of injuries that did not occur last year.

The club is also expected to allow Bruce to invest in the squad this January. Though how much will likely depend on the injury situation at that time as well as league position.

We are a lot more confident of survival after the win against Manchester United. However, this season has been one of peaks and valleys, as Alan rightly points out.

The next month should also give us a little more insight into what this squad is capable of. We face some in-form teams over the next three weeks in Chelsea, Wolves, and West Ham.

How Newcastle perform in these three matches will be a good indicator of how this season could pan out.


34 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Oct 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Woohoo, Neil woke up early!!

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Jail
    I had household chores to do
    (not getting paid for lounging
    on a bunk on a tanker)

    The point with 5 across the back
    You can play it super defensively
    or attacking
    I would guess at the Bridge Bruce will start with the former
    to which Krafth is better suited

    2
  • toon22

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    JIB

    You and your alts are on here 24/7
    This is most likely what your paid to do

    😉

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib,
    We have let eleven goals in away from home were Krafth has started, we still need to play on the counter, he has no part to play in the team and should not have been bought at all. An upgrade on Yedlin has been required since returning from the Championship not a defensive RB because he was cheap, as I said no other club rotates their RB’s. Are we going to see Dummet replace Willems at LB based on that theory.

    3
  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    toon22
    We are talking Chelsea away on Saturday
    Any thoughts ?

    2
  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail
    Are we going to see Dummet replace Willems at LB based on that theory?
    A strong possibility

    2
  • Bants

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    WARNING this post contains mackem content. Discretion advised.

    Phil Parkinson still odds on for the sunderland job.

    Hope he gets it – just cos the mackem fans don’t want him at all. They’re going ballistic apparently (cheap option,lack of ambition,no excitement etc.) Sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it?

    Of course they fancied Fat Sam and Keano back until they realised that they wouldn’t work for nowt.
    Now Sewper Kev (who will work for nowt) is the one for them. Irritating little tw@.

    As long as the stay in Div 3 until they go bust that will do for me.

    28
  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    c’mon toon22 impress us with your footy knowledge

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    So a back five of Dummet Clarke Lascelles Schar and Krafth in a ultra defensive set up that relies solely on us not conceding to get a point. We might set a new possession record and a new revolutionary way of utilising 75M worth of attacking talent. Mmm. Fingers crossed.

    3
  • IrishRob

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d genuinely love to know is there paid alts on here or even just someone with an agenda. I highly doubt it tbh.

    5
  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail for Ashley
    an ultra defensive set up that relies solely on us not conceding to get a point

    You know those seven chaps sitting on the sidelines
    They are called subs (this is short for substitute NOT
    sandwiches or underwater vehicles)
    Bruce is allowed (injuries permitting ) to bring 3 on
    to change his tactics

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    And you had to Google that Jib?

    5
  • IrishRob

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon22 got edited lol lol. But in toons defence he/she should be allowed to write as little or as much as they want. If I was the wife I wouldn’t go down that road at all, people get leery of that crap and it could drive everyone away eventually.

    But she did acknowledge she did it, so no harm done in my book. I wonder why she did it though, when she doesnt do it when we use far more offensive text on here at times.

    I wonder is it advert related, a long message means people have to scroll much more to get to the ads.

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  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Where has toon22 gone !
    You invite him to talk footy and he disappears !

    It’s almost as if he knows sfa about it
    😛

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Bants,
    Why aren’t they getting him, do the owners not want him? You’d have thought they’d have a plan before pulling the trigger.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail and Jib when do ye ever stop with the domestics on here, everyone knows ye are lovers anyways, literally everyone!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    IrishRob,
    They shouldn’t allow phones in schools it’s ruining the moral standards of your countries youth!

    3
  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    RobLeenio @62 – Last Topic.
    I hate to tell you this but Krafth has not been here working on defensive drills but is away with the Swedish squad – doh!

    1
  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    You know i used to be a regular on this blog but now the “kids” come on here throw their toys out the pram and mainly have a pop at each other, Jail/Jib give it a rest will you’s

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Ashleys Lovechild,
    Come back please, we’ve missed you.

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    <= New avatar inspired by TMG but I did it myself.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail i’ve not gone anywhere just saying its starting to get a bit boring watching you two having a slanging match with each other

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #23

    And now that you are back why not chip in with some discussion on the merits of rotating right backs rather than telling people what to do?

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Mike Ashleys Lovechild,
    It’s called debate, the only problem with debating with Jib though is that it’s like playing chess with a drunk kitted out in boxing gloves, a non starter.

    5
  • Genjikai

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Dubaimicky
    Class

    5
  • geordietom

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    ED , NEIL , THE WIFE …

    is there anyway at all you can look to see if people have more than one account /alt’s on here ?…

    then it might stop a lot of the accusations would be good to know if you can do it …

    0
  • toon22

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #27

    JIB

    Unlike yourself ive got other things to do other than post here
    You trying to say you only ever post about football now ?

    LMFAO

    As for being edited by the Wife i accept it needed it
    It really needed that much laughing though

    As for Chelsea i think we will win 1-0 , cant ever say we will get beat
    I would say the traitor has never been any good at setting up teams to defend, the -133 proves that

    3
  • toon22

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #28

    The other day you were a structural engineer
    What position do they play at ?

    1
  • The Wife

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Everyone,

    Not one character of toon22’s post was changed or deleted. I only added in a few spaces so that the comment thread would be easier for people to read on that particular article. Please rest assured that I have neither the time nor the inclination to go through and edit your comments behind your back. The blog’s filters are set up to catch the stronger language that Ed and Neil have deemed inappropriate. Otherwise, your thoughts – whether they be sage or daft – will live on the blog forever just as you’ve typed them.

    Hope everyone has a lovely day.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    geordietom,
    There’s nothing they can do about it if people are using VPN’s or have multiple devices not linked to a particular IP address. There is absolutely no disputing carl, Sack Llambias, Ian Toon, Jack Root and Rebecca are the same poster yet The Wife by all accounts has looked in to it and yet he is still managing to post.

    2
  • toon22

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    The Wife

    I agree that it needed editing
    It needed it

    Cheers

    1
  • toon22

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    I dont mind the alts people use
    If they need them it proves what theyve got to say its utter twaddle

    Hiya JIB

    3
  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Lol @ Jail How am i telling people what to do ??? i’m lucky this sentence made it on here between the childish back & Forth from yourself & Jib !!

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    jail …

    would of been good to know though …

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