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Can Championship Players Fill Premiership Gaps At NUFC?

9 years ago

Interesting times at St.James’ Park, I think we’ve pretty much got a great team but have we got a great squad?

Any rational person would say NO! but as football fans, especially Newcastle ones, logic/reasoning/rationalisation goes out the black & white window.

I’ve read articles on this class website over the last few days and been left shaking my head at the naivety of some people, are they safe to be let out?

Whenever anybody has pointed out that NUFC have failed miserably in the transfer window the knee-jerk response from a fair few is to slag them off for wanting to ruin the club with a mad mad spending spree, as though they’ve just claimed that Newcastle should have signed Messi, Ronaldo and the rest.

Surely there is a huge void in between signing those type of players and nobody, Vurnon Anita excepted.

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I’ve seen others listing pretty much every player in our squad as if it was evidence of strength in depth, even though some of those players have never even started a Premier League match!

Looking forward to this season there is not one club that that comes close to Newcastle in terms of fans automatically agreeing on what should be the starting eleven.

Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Ba, Cisse

What that tells me is that we have got some very good players who you wouldn’t swap for anybody else in the Premier League but….it also tells me that there is very little pressure on them from within the squad.

Only the addition of Vurnon Anita has created even some small doubt and hopefully when we see more of him he will be giving both manager and fans a nice headache in terms of how to accommodate him when everybody’s fit, what about the rest though?

Ignoring the younger inexperienced players, the senior squad/fringe players would be Obertan, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Gosling, Marveaux, Williamson and Shola.

If Marveaux could rediscover his pre-serious injury French form then he would be a real asset but what about the rest?

This isn’t about doubting their commitment when they play but accepting reality, just like Lovenkrands, Smith, Guthrie and Best they’d almost certainly be looking at Championship football if Newcastle decided to get rid, or one or two might be lucky and get a promoted team like Danny Guthrie.

Perch has surprised everyone and given himself a chance of staying as back up at Newcastle but leaving aside Ryan Taylor’s exquisite free-kick technique which is Premier League quality, they are Championship players in all but name and almost certainly paid like them. The revelation that Danny Guthrie was on a Premier League pittance (in terms of general PL pay) of £4,000 a week says it all, I can’t see Perch, Williamson and Raylor on much, if any, more.

What last season told me was that if we had one or two injuries then these fringe players can come in and do a job, massively helped by what elite players like Colo, Tiote, Cabaye, Ba, Ben Arfa, Cisse and Krul can do to make up for their limitations.

Yes I’d rather have Perch or Raylor giving it their all than a Geremi, Owen or Alan Smith but that shouldn’t have to be the choice.

Newcastle were desperate for at least three players to help create a buffer between the elite first eleven and these fringe players, making it  a real hardcore of fourteen or fifteen, backed up by Raylor, Shola, Perch, whoever.

Instead we’ve been left short, I just hope we don’t get caught short.

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