This moves to allay any fears that the faithful would not see him back in action for a long time and is certainly welcome news after seeing the boy on the end of a tackle that still gets worse each time you watch it – even nearly a week later.
Massidio also conducted himself in a very mature way with his comments to the press advising us all that he is no longer angry but certainly disappointing that no retrospective action was taken. Derek Llambias also shocked us all by releasing a statement we actually agreed with – there’s a first time for everything, eh? – in which he lambasted (see what I did there?) the FA and called for a change in the rules to protect players and basically say ‘this is not OK and there will be repercussions’
Unfortunately, the FA seem so out of touch with the modern game I can’t see anything happening despite the outcry from everyone but Wigan Athletic. Can’t say any of us are surprised.
Steven Taylor will have been delighted to get a call-up to the squad, despite every other centre back in England getting picked first, although he didn’t make the bench last night for England’s drubbing of European minnows San Marino. I am happy for him but also don’t want him injured so come back in one piece Stevie. Don’t break your balls trying to impress as you are a Newcastle player so won’t be getting picked for future squads regardless of your performance in training. Unless of course everyone else is injured. Ridiculous in my view as I challenge any fan from any club to name 2 English centre backs in better form than Taylor at the moment. Maybe he will get a run out in the next game.
News on the Argentinian front is that Jonas tells us he spoke to Colo, he is doing well and they expect him back before the end of the season to play some part. Colo apparently manages his injuries very well himself and usually gets himself back ahead of schedule. With our track record of injuries why not employ him as a physio then as I don’t know anyone else linked to the club in the past 2 decades that this applies too. Maybe he is a South American Shaman?
Davide Santon has been quoted in the Italian media as saying he would ‘pack his bags for Milan’ Fair enough Davide, it’s your home town and you are a young lad. Good luck whatever you decide to do. He has also said he is settled and happy on Tyneside and I expect ‘The Regime’ will command a decent transfer fee for him. That’s what we do, sign player young and cheap and sell them for more money. It’s a good business model and my only concern will be getting a good replacement for him as this boy will become some player, no doubt about it. We have already seen him come on leaps and bounds and it’s fair to say he has, on the whole, been one of the better performers this season. Well, in the final third anyway.
Adam Campbell got game for England U19’s following his first team substitute appearances. Hopefully he is the next best thing and I truly believe this boy when he says he won’t do an Andy Carroll…we’ll see though….I don’t trust a soul in football!
The last piece on this round-up involves the man, the myth, THE LEGEND – Shola Ameo-bow-bi. With only 1 year left on his contract, it looks like the board are making the right decision and having this one club man, our second highest goalscorer in European history and a man with 4 goals this season despite playing a bit part, sign up to end his career here. It all depends on Shola though, does he fancy a fresh challenge and maybe join a club where the fans appreciate his influence on and off the pitch instead of attacking him like bloodthirsty hounds at every given opportunity? I hope he stays anyway!
That’s the recent news round-up. Plenty to discuss and roll on Manchester City where we will hopefully fight like a wounded animal and challenge the recent injustices into a fiery, positive performance.