John Carver has claimed that the Newcastle United squad is actually strong enough as it is, the Newcastle Head Coach pointing only to injuries derailing the season and not a lack of quality.
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Pardew’s former assistant says that United have a ‘decent sized squad of 26 professionals but that the injuries have ‘killed us’.
“Take all those injuries away and we have got 26 professionals.
“Now that is a decent sized squad and under normal circumstances, that’s not a problem with three or four injuries. Five or six is pushing it, but not as many as that.
“Long-term, that’s what has killed us, so even if we had brought in two or three players, we would have had to get rid of two or three players to keep the size of your squad together.”
Not sure where John Carver gets the 26 professionals from, Newcastle have over 40 players with squad numbers but many of them are in the ranks of the Under 21 and unders.
After the January transfer window, Newcastle had to announce their senior 25 man squad for the rest of the Premier League season and they could only name 23 players. Plus that 23 included Steven Taylor who was already ruled out for the season and Facundo Ferreyra, the loan player who clearly we’re never going to see in the first team.
Carver’s comments about the squad already been full is a repetition of the party line, Managing Director Lee Charnley putting a supposedly full senior squad list as reason for there not being room to bring in new signings.
The recent poll on The Mag where fans were asked to rate which players should be kept out of the 23 man senior squad, saw only 11 players have a majority of fans thinking they were good enough to still be here next season. You can see that full list HERE.
With the club putting out this propaganda via Carver and Charnley, I see it as only a matter of time before the message coming out of the club will be that once Newcastle have the injured players back and two or three key signings, the United squad will be competitive next season.
On the other hand supporters see major surgery as the only way to get the squad back on track.
Maybe this is the key area where Newcastle are desperate for a strong manager/head coach who will come in and tell Mike Ashley and his staff just what is needed, rather than John Carver being happy to agree that everything is fine and when reality hits home it will be far too late.