With the news that Hatem Ben Arfa has joined Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie on the injury list I’m beginning to wonder if we need to add more depth to our squad.
Now, I don’t want to scare or freak out any Newcastle fans on here but I have concerns, especially about Hatem Ben Arfa, that injuries are beginning to mount up before the new season has started. Will we still have a big enough squad when the season starts?
The extent of Ben Arfa’s injury is not known, but it is reported that he has sustained an ankle injury which means that he will return to the UK in the next couple of days. The coaching staff looking after him have told Alan Pardew that it is not that serious but I’m sure many of us have our hearts in our mouths.
The prospect of Ben Arfa being out for the foreseeable future is one that many NUFC will not want. With him missing the majority of last season, many have been anticipating his return to the fold and I’m sure we would all love to find out that his his latest injury isn’t serious.
The club have also not disclosed the extent of either Danny Guthrie’s or young Shane Fergusons’s respective injuries at this moment in time but it is expected that Ferguson should be able to make a recovery by the end of pre-season ready for the season’s curtain opener against Arsenal.
The fact that the club are in America does give me some concern. The problem with going over there is that the players have to adapt to the climate out there. Alan Pardew stated before the team ventured out to the states that the team would not get tired. I have a sneaky suspicion that the team may be a little tired as you have to take into account the jet lag that they will have encountered and the games they play are probably played at a much different pace to over here.
Pardew has also said that the club have not given up the ghost on Melvut Erdnic of PSG but if we encounter many more injuries during this tour then the squad may still look a little threadbare even if we do bring in the Turkish forward.
This is only my opinion but if we sustain anymore I think AlanPardew may have to look at how he needs to improve the squad. There are some positions that obviously need strengthening and if we can get rid of some deadwood such as Xisco and Co then that will free up more space for new players to come into the fold.
Ben Arfa has the ability to add that injection of pace within the team but perhaps it may give Haris Vuckic a chance to show his promise in the next game along with other youngsters who are involved in the tour. It may allow them to have a chance to highlight that they should be involved more and more in the first-team.
The other thing that doesn’t help either is that Joey Barton and Yohan Cabaye are not involved in the tour. Pardew has to rely on Peter Beardsley to feed him information about how those two are doing in Holland. On the positive side that may leave them fit and ready for the Gunners game as they don’t have to endure the two long plane journeys to America and back home.
I don’t know if anyone else is concerned about this but with a few weeks of not signing anybody, surely Alan Pardew should be making waves in the market. I know he may not be able to do that in America but there are areas where we need to add to the squad.
I hope that Ben Arfa’s injury is not serious and that he will be back in action very soon. He will be a very vital player for us next season and I don’t want to see him injured for a long time.
What do you think? Should we be concerned about these injuries? Should we be acting upon them?