John Carver has refused to answer the question of why Newcastle United failed to bring in any defenders in January despite moving three out on top of Steven Taylor’s season ending injury.
When asked the question at Thursday’s press conference, Carver instead talked about the squad overall and how only a fortnight ago he’d been one player short (presumably Steven Taylor) from having a fully fit squad.
“Two weeks ago, we were one player away from having a fully-fit squad. I was so excited about that. Who is to say that’s not the end of it?
“It’s always a concern when you lose player, especially of the quality we have lost. You can get away with losing one or two young lads.”
The Newcastle Head Coach is being a bit elastic with the truth, seen as two weeks ago at the very least, the likes of Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Siem de Jong and Jonas Gutierrez were all not available to play at that point.
“There is nothing I can do about it. If you look at the injuries: Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, four of our big players have serious injuries, not muscle strains.
“You would normally get one or two of those in a season and we got three in a week. It is a bit unfortunate. It’s no good sulking or making excuses, that’s life and we have to deal with it.”
Yes there has been bad luck with injuries but getting rid of Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Remie Streete in January and not bringing anybody in, even on loan, is surely only a cynical ploy to not spend a single penny Mike Ashley doesn’t have to.
Then send out poor saps like John Carver to give a feeble defence as to why you would leave a Premier League squad with only five available defenders to see out the rest of the season. Having at least one of those five (Paul Dummett) was surely almost certain at some point in the last four months, especially when a lack of alternatives would mean the same defenders having to play pretty much every match even if carrying knocks.
Something that is exasperated by the fact that our defence isn’t much cop to start with! Only promoted trio QPR, Burnley and Leicester have let in more goals this season, so if we are now in a weaker position defensively than we were previously this campaign, the warning bells should surely be ringing.
Only Daryl Janmaat has the total confidence of fans at this moment in time, with Coloccini and Haidara getting mixed reviews and Mike Williamson doing his best as ever, but a constant worry for most supporters.
John Carver says there is nothing he can do about it, which just about sums it up, somebody who has absolutely no say on which players are bought and sold and like Alan Pardew before him, is so desperate for the job that he just sits there and takes it while the Newcastle squad is asset stripped.