If Newcastle Squad Is Now So Strong How Have We Ended Up With This Bench?
We have heard this summer how the new recruits have made the Newcastle squad so strong for the new Premier League season but against Manchester City, the evidence seemed to say something different.
The following seven players were on the bench on Sunday and to me it appears that Newcastle are missing a whole level of players, with the number of players leaving in the last year or two meaning that the squad is potentially weaker.
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Yes there were a few players missing at the weekend and Tiote & De Jong would almost certainly have started the game but the likes of Mapou, Santon and Cisse have big question marks hanging over them for many fans.
The bench v Manchester City;
Rob Elliot – Not good enough in my opinion and just a shame that Karl Darlow has gone back to Forest for a season.
Massadio Haidara – A player Pardew rates so highly that he has only given him five Premier League starts in a year and a half and even preferred Dummett against Man City.
Steven Taylor – A defender who ended up fourth choice centre-back last season making only nine Premier League starts, a player that seemingly most fans would like to see leave and who the club are reportedly trying to push out.
Rolando Aarons – Showed promise in friendlies but still has it all to prove in Premier League.
Mehdi Abeid – Hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football and another player Newcastle were previously trying to get out of the club.
Gabriel Obertan – Hopeless. A view Pardew has even apparently accepted as he didn’t even take him to New Zealand, though he now waffles on differently.
Ayoze Perez – Comes in from Spanish second division as ‘one for the future’ according to Alan Pardew, ends up on the pitch in first possible match against the Champions!
The question that should be asked about players on the bench, is whether you would be totally happy and confident if they were in the team instead of those in the first eleven.
I would sadly say that the only one of these seven that I would think wouldn’t weaken the team is Massadio Haidara, who despite only having made those five PL starts is surely a better bet than Dummett.
As for the other six, you’d have to have serious concerns if they are thrown into the team in the coming weeks.
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