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Is it time to utilise the development squad?

November 15th, 2010 | 101 Comments |

Haris Vuckic - Edging closer to the first team?
Haris Vuckic - Edging closer to the first team?
Well here we are, a third of the way through our season, sitting in eighth place. Arguably we could be even higher, but eighth place isn’t bad at all, and is more than I expected anyway.

Of course, being a third of the way through the season also has it pitfalls. It’s a well used cliche, but it is a long, hard season, and injuries and suspensions soon mount up.

Newcastle are going through a little spell of injuries and suspensions themselves at the moment. The suspensions to Joey Barton and Chieck Tiote have added to what seems to be a growing injury list, with Andy Carroll being the latest player to encounter some form of injury problem after he picked up a groin problem in the 0-0 draw against Fulham at the weekend – An injury that could hamper bigger lad making his England debut on Wednesday night.

Few can deny that losing Carroll will be a massive blow to the team, if we do end up losing him to injury of course. The Gatsehead lad has established himself as a key figure in th Newcastle side, and losing what he brings to the team is far from ideal. The exact same thing can be said for Cheick Tiote who has been largely excellent since his he made his debut against Everton back in September. (more…)

New signings should be the priority for Newcastle.

August 17th, 2010 | 164 Comments |

Nolan: Fighting to be fit.
Nolan: Fighting to be fit.
The match at Manchester United last night had some positive and negative points, but one thing that was blatantly obvious is that the squad needs bolstering.

No matter which way you look at it, there is a desperate need for new faces to help out the squad. One look at the substitutes bench last night and my own concerns became apparent for all to see.

I have said all along that our first eleven should be good enough to stop up, but what about when we suffer injuries? We are experiencing some form of injury crisis now in fact, which isn’t helping the situation.

Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie missed out last night, as did Sol Campbell, Dan Gosling, Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson and Leon Best, plus there is Kevin Nolan who is now doubtful for the game against Aston Villa on Sunday. (more…)