Jonas Gutierrez has made a worrying statement concerning the nature of Newcastle’s squad.
Injuries and suspensions have been rife throughout the first team this season, and the latest set-back sees the Toon enter this weekend’s game with Arsenal with just one recognised central defender available - Mike Williamson.
Other first-choice centre-back Fabricio Coloccini is suspended against the Gunners, having been sent off in the loss to Everton, and the likely result will be Dutch full-back Daryl Janmaat moving into the centre to cover for him.
If this option is taken, with looking at youth the only real other choice, it would require Gutierrez to fill in the right-back position - something he has done occasionally throughout his career.
Despite this weakness in the Newcastle team, the adaptability of many of the first-team squad is one of their strengths. However, for a Premier League team, one would expect that there is at least one specialised player for every position, and Gutierrez has told the Chronicle that the Magpies just don’t have enough players in the squad.
“We don’t have enough players at the moment,” the winger said. “Colo is banned for three games. We have to keep together and work hard for the manager.”
Newcastle are set to survive in the top flight this term due to their early season form. However, they will need to complete some serious business in the transfer window if they intend to compete next season, with a threadbare squad of no use in the Premier League.