Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern grow in concern over the recent news of an injury to one of their star performers.
Rafa Benitez has set the Toon Army up for an impressive start to the season, as they sit proudly just inside the top half of proceedings. Looking to build on this momentum to take them right through to the January transfer window, where hopefully they’ll be able to enjoy some more investment.
However, in their last match, they faced a tricky trip away to face the inform Burnley at Turf Moor. Coming off the back of a win against Palace had let to the players being in fine confidence heading into kick off, but this wasn’t the case after the game, as it slowly diminished.
They endured a tough 1-0 defeat in what was a fairly even game after a late winner downed the Toon, much to the dismay of the punters here clad in black and white.
The loss wasn’t the only problem for Newcastle, as one of their inform players, Mikel Merino, who missed the game as he underwent an injury assessment on his back. This was a huge blow for the Tyneside club, as a player who has been so influential and found himself on the goal scoring sheet in recent games had to sit out on the sidelines.
Still, if you’re going to be a successful team and provide consistent results, then you need to have the depth and quality to replace unfortunate situations such as this one.
So, with some important games on the horizon, it looks vital that Newcastle can utilize squad depth and consistency in performance in what will be a tough few weeks.
Here’s a look at 2 players that will need to step up in Merino’s absence…