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Our first team squad:

GK Given
GK Harper
LB Bernard
LB Elliott (transfer listed)
CB Woodgate (top quality but injury-prone)
CB O'Brien
CB Bramble (absolute liability)
RB Hughes
RB Griffin (contract expires in June)
LM Robert
CM Jenas
CM Speed (34 years old)
CM Viana (whinging, wants out)
CM Dyer
RM Bowyer (crocked)
RM Ambrose
F Shearer (33, one more season)
F Bellamy (crocked)
F Ameobi
F Bridges (loan, will snap in half on debut)
F Chopra

If Shep and Bobby wanted to reduce the wagebill they've done a tremendous job - only a handful of players listed above would be on anything close to Premiership star wages, while the rest are just squad players and backups.

With Nobby, Dabi, Clarence, Cort, Stevie C and little treasure gone our squad looks thinner than the bird from Ally McBeal - and quite frankly, it looks piss poor and we've gone backwards since finishing third not so many months ago.

Sort it out Fred!
 

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It begins...

From nufc.com:
Injury: Winger worry?

Tuesday's Journal claims that Laurent Robert could be missing from action for up to a month after complaining of soreness in a knee following Saturday's draw at Birmingham.

A scan was apparently carried out on Monday to determine whether there's any obvious damage and presumably a decision will be made on whether to rest him after that.

So far the club have made no announcement.


Is there still time to loan out Hugo and sell Kieron? :rollani:
 

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Only three non British/Irish players in your squad.Nuff said, and 2 of the three foreigners are average.That looks really thin i must say.Need to go overseas IMO, theres a risk but it's worth it.

But all i can see is Newcastle splashing the cash in the summer.There is no chance there wont be changes.
 

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Yeah the squad does look very small. We need to strengthen in several positions in the summer if we are going to regain top four status. After getting rid of Dabizas and the Caldwell brothers, we seriously lack cover at CB, the ideal scenario would be to sign another top class CB and have O'Brien/Bramble for cover. We also have no real cover at LB, Elliott is almost certain to leave in the summer, so we'll need someone who can fill in. At RB Hughes is inconsistant and Griffin is unlikely to extend his contract, the ideal scenario here would be to sign a decent RB and rotate him and Hughes, depending on whoever is playing best. DM for me is the main area we lack, with Speed aged 34 surely Bobby can see we need another DM. We also need to replace Solano with a top class RM. With Shearer coming to the end of his career we should also maybe start looking for a world class forward who could fill his boots.

As for the rest of this season, we just have to hope the current squad can get us the ever so important fourth spot, although with the likes of Liverpool, Charlton, Fulham, Birmingham it will be very tough. Hopefully the Robert injury isn't serious, he's hugely important to us now Solano is gone and is our only goal scoring midfielder.
 
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