Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has been ruled out for an expected eight weeks.

The Geordie Welsh international came on as sub at Crystal Palace and took a blow to the kneecap, as United finished the match 1-1.

Now the Shields Gazette say that the injury has proven to be worse than first thought and Dummett will be out until sometime in April.

Only at a club like Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, could squeezing the very last penny be taken to the lengths it was in January.

When the transfer window opened on January 3, United’s defensive options were Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Haidara and Streete, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa out on loan.

During the transfer window Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sold, while Davide Santon and Remie Streete were sent out on loan. Moves that will net Mike Ashley around £7m/£8m in transfer fees and saved wages up to the end of the season.

This ruthless strategy to bank every last penny saw not a single defender, or indeed any other player, brought in.

This left Newcastle with only five available defenders, which includes Mike Williamson who not many fans would choose to play.

In recent days newspapers have talked of a defensive crisis at Newcastle with only four fit defenders as though we’ve had loads of bad luck.

When you sell and loan out players and don’t bring anybody in, which leaves you with only five, it doesn’t take a genius to see that only one injury will leave you with only four!

  • Pulse33

    Curtis Good to step up.

  • Porciestreet

    Payback time for Nikey Mikey..!!!!! serves him right the tight fisted B*****d for skimping on the squad in the first place. Now then for all you die-hard super supporters that can’tsee anything wrong with Cashley’s plan, I am quite happy to announce that “we told you so”. 
    This very situation was a train wreck in the making only you refused to see whats in front of you.
    Enjoy the rest of your season…..!
    PS,  I take no pleasure in this but I knew we were right from the get-go.

  • NUFC9

    Pulse33  Would like to see him given a chance to prove himself or otherwise.  He’s 22 next month.  If he is going to make it as a PL player and is currently fit he should be capable of challenging for the first team now.  Tough run of games coming up though.
    If the club’s policy is to drift to the end of the seasonwith no ambition/expenditure, at least use the games to give experience to Good, Armstrong, Haidara, etc. unlike last year when upcoming youngsters were left out behind the likes of Gosling and Shola who had no future.

  • SimonM68

    Pity this wasn’t in December and Ashley really would have had to put his hand in his pocket.

  • FatCashley

    NUFC9 Pulse33 Good luck with that, Mwbia should have been given a chance at the end of last season at CB when we had nothing to play for. Carver ain’t gonna take any risks or think about the future, he’s thinking about his own chances of getting the job. Expect Willo in every game now, its the safest option in his eyes.

  • Pulse33

    FatCashley NUFC9 Pulse33 Willo is a risk though, a very big one.

  • hettonmag

    This is precisely why the vast majority of posters come on here to moan at the way our club is being run, what a shambles to leave us with no cover. Why they didn’t get someone on loan in January is anybody’s guess, maybe the Ashley lovers would like  to respond and make a case  for him because I tell you what we are far from being out of the mire that’s for sure, I just pray we don’t get any serious injuries in the next  13 games.

  • Pulse33 FatCashley NUFC9But Carver comes first.

  • Demented_Man

    Sol Campbell, anyone?