It’s not often I worry about getting things right on the left, as readers of my political blog will know. But with the news that Kyel Reid has gone on loan to Wolves for the rest of the season, and with Boa Morte hopefully off to Hull, and with Etherington already gone to Stoke, we look painfully weak down the left hand side. Walter Lopez, despite impressing on the left hand side of midfield in the reserves hasn’t even made the bench in recent months. Our first choice midfield now seems to be Jack Collison, Valon Behrami, Scott Parker and Mark Noble. Behrami is the only one of the four who you could say is used to playing a wide role, but his best position seems to be in one of the central slots.
I have always thought the main drawback of Zola’s teams so far has been the lack of width, but without a new face, it doesn’t look like that is going to be rectified this season.
UPDATE: The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle have bid £4 million for Lucas Neill. The words off, bite, their and hands come to mind. But not necessarily in that order.