Speaking in his post match interview after Newcastle United’s abject 4-1 capitulation to the
Bluebirds Red Dragons of Cardiff, Alan Pardew blamed injuries to top players for the defeat.
In a fairly confusing message from the Grey Gaffer, he also blamed the attitude of the squad because they thought they should have brought the big names, (presumably Ba and Cisse who both missed the trip) even though they were carrying knocks. However, you can listen for yourselves in the video above.
Just expanding on that by looking more closely at the injuries themselves, it seems that Cabaye is just suffering from a kind of general malaise after a busy season with Newcastle, then competing in the European Championships with the French international side. After not being being selected by French coach Didier Deschamps for France’s last game (a friendly against Uruguay), the little French dynamo explained on his website:
“After a big season with Newcastle, followed by the European championships, tiredness has naturally followed. After discussions with the club doctors, and even if this friendly match was very important (the French one, not the Newcastle one – wt), with the presence of new coach, new staff and also at the beginning of a new adventure, it was felt better that I did not participate in order to continue my physical training at the club to be in shape this season with big upcoming fixtures.”
Or to put it more simply, he’s a bit knackered and out of shape so far.
Moving on to the next big names, the Senegalese strikeforce of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both picked up “slight knocks” in training last week. As if that wasn’t enough, two of the few big name starters for yesterday’s game, Captain Coloccini and Cheick Tiote both picked up knocks too, with Tiote limping off during the game. Until the dynamic duo are back up and running, this has left us with one fit first team striker, Shola Ameobi, and even he had a bit of a scare in our last friendly against the Hartlepool when he had to pull himself off at half time. Thankfully, it was only very minor and he was fit to start again against the Welsh Dragons.
On the subject of Coloccini and Tiote, the Silver Supremo also had this to say (not included in the video above):
“Chieck has a calf strain so we will have to monitor him. We are sweating on him for next Saturday. Colo also has a knock but I’m not sure how that is. He is due to travel to Argentina but we will have to assess him, too.”
Argentina’s next game is a clash with the Germans in Frankfurt on the 15th, which of course is this Wednesday, and only three days before Newcastle’s opening Premiership game of the season against Tottenham. On the one hand of course all the injuries seem to be fairly minor, but on the other hand, in less than a week we will have five very important matches in both the Premiership and the Europa League coming up, all to be played within a fifteen day period. It really is time that the club started to get real about bringing some first team players into the club!
Finally on that same strand, Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy has been throwing his toys around once again in his latest interview, this time to French sports broadcaster, Canal Plus. Despite having his legs smacked earlier in the week by Lille’s coach, Rudi Garcia, the French full back still reiterated his desire to leave the club, saying:
“I don’t want to talk about my future. I heard what the chairman said. The transfer window is open until Sept. 4 [in France]. I still want to go. We will see.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United are yet to make a vaguely realistic offer to Lille for the player, having only bid a paltry £4.75 million after their first offer of £3.9 million was understandably refused. This is still just over a £1.5 million short of what the club are looking for (£6.3 million) for a player who’s worth has been estimated as being as much as £10 million after his appearences for France in the recent European Championships.