Is Pardew’s Newcastle United injuries patter simply Double Dutch?
You may have noticed Alan Pardew might have mentioned Newcastle United injuries once or twice in recent times.
Yes there have been injuries to the squad, and a decent number of them, but is ‘squad’ the key word.
I honestly think that Pardew thanks his lucky stars that the injuries have come along to give him a convenient excuse week after week, defeat after defeat.
Is the truth though that pretty much all of the Newcastle United injuries are to fringe players, not Alan Pardew’s first choice team?
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At the start of the season I reckon the United boss would have picked the following as his first choice team;
Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote, Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere
At that point when the season kicked off against Manchester City he was only missing Cheick Tiote and Siem De Jong of that starting eleven. Some of you may think of Davide Santon as a Pardew first choice but if you recall the manager had a bust up with the Italian in the second half of last season and ended up dropping him, plus Santon had become progressively worse the longer the season continued.
Fast forward four months to today’s Everton match and all of those players are available now, apart from the two Dutchmen; Krul and De Jong.
In addition, Pardew has chosen to leave out Riviere, Williamson and Cabella, clearly thinking they aren’t deserving of a first team spot.
As well as star loan signing Facundo Ferreyra, who Pardew hasn’t even put on the pitch.
Players such as Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor have all shown to be better options and they are also all seemingly available for this last match of the calendar year.
I’m sorry but at the start of the season you can hardly claim that Alan Pardew was relying on Obertan, Abeid, Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Elliot and Aarons as cornerstones of his team this campaign.
Abeid, Obertan and Aarons have all had a handful of decent matches between them but the manager didn’t exactly have them at the forefront of his plans. In fact it is only because of injuries that those three, and Ameobi, have had opportunities.
In the final analysis, injuries at St. James’ Park have made picking the first team a little more difficult but no worse than pretty much any other club.
Certainly not for Alan Pardew to come out with this nonsense pre-Everton;
“We have had terrible, terrible injuries which they (Everton) haven’t suffered.
“It has been a terrible year for injuries. It is a fact.”
Get your excuses in first Alan, no more or less than we have come to expect.
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