Alan Pardew chooses not to blame Mike Ashley for Newcastle’s run of ‘form’, or even the now departed Joe Kinnear, while many fans look to a shocking lack of investment in the squad as the major reason for Newcastle falling away/apart, the manager has instead put the blame on Newcastle injuries this season.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge;

newcastle injuries this season“We have taken another one today in Mathieu Debuchy, he is a big player for us.

“We have Papiss out, Loic, Coloccini, Cheick; we need those players back – especially for games at this level.

“While I am saying Paul Dumett and Sammy Ameobi did well, you have to understand the level that we are playing at.

“You need your better players when the intensity is like it is today out there.

“I would like to think that the Tottenham game is a one where we can get a strong result and then after that our best players may come back to us.

“In the final thirteen games we can be strong and then in the summer we have work to do.”

To talk of Papiss Cisse being a miss is surely laughable after Pardew has frozen him out this season and regularly played even Shola ahead of him.

Against the Mackems we basically only had Coloccini and Gouffran injured, with Remy suspended, ideally you’d want those players available but it shouldn’t equal a crisis.

Debuchy and Tiote are obviously also now a big miss but the biggest problem we surely have is that when our best players are injured, they aren’t placed by Premier League players. Instead it is Championship level, or worse, players that come in and no matter how hard they try there is surely going to be only one outcome over a run of matches.

Newcastle have now failed to score in six of the last seven Premier League matches and we had most of the likes of Remy, Gouffran, Tiote, Debuchy and even Cabaye available, so what chance of bouncing back when all you have to call on is players who try their best but just aren’t capable?

Alan Pardew has repeatedly said this is his strongest ever squad at Newcastle blah blah blah.

If he isn’t going to force the issue (the blatant fact that the squad is NOT good/big enough)  with Ashley, then Pardew can’t then also turn around to the rest of us and blame it on a few injuries, which in other words of course, is him saying that the squad is ridiculously weak.