Sam Allardyce gave another revealing interview to Luke Edwards of the Journal today â€“ and he talked about one of our favorite subjects â€“ youth. He also discussed two of our best youngsters – Steven Taylor and James Milner – and is already well aware of them.
Sam has already talked about building for the long term â€“ and we think building the youth system and buying young players before theyâ€™re famous is one way to build for the future. Also if they are local talent like Ramage and Taylor â€“ then great.
Let’s take a look at what Big Sam had to say this morning to the Journal.
“I know plenty about Steven Taylor and James Milner and I’m looking forward to working with them at Newcastle United,” itâ€™s important at a football club that you have good young players coming through and they certainly fall into that bracket.
“They already have a lot of first-team experience because of the injury problems at Newcastle last season and that will undoubtedly help their development.
“In terms of being young and English, they are the backbone of the team and hopefully I can help their development and they can have long and successful careers at Newcastle United.”
Sam will watch the England Under-21 game tonight on TV â€“ against Italy – and we expect Taylor and Milner to start with perhaps Steven being captain. Itâ€™s obvious Stuart Pearce is a big admirer of Steven â€“ probably because Steven has a similar attitude on the pitch to what Pearce had when he was playing.
Steven Taylor and James Milner
Milner will play his 62nd game of the season against Italy – which only puts to shame the attitude shown by David Bentley – who withdrew from the squad at the last moment because of fatigue – and no doubt has done himself a whole load of damage to his International career.
Allardyce believes Steven and James’ experience of international football can only be a good thing for their development.
He went on:
“I watched them play for the Under-21s earlier this week, but my flight was delayed and I missed the game. I’ll be taking a keen interest in the tournament and I’ll be watching the two Newcastle boys closely.
“Playing in tournaments like this one helps young players and I’m sure they are enjoying it. Of course, from a Newcastle manager’s point of view, I just hope they don’t get injured because that is always a concern when a player goes away on international duty.
“From what I’ve heard, England were a little unlucky in their first game against the Czech Republic, but hopefully they will still qualify from their group.”
Well Sam seems to be an admirer of the two – and why not. They are not only two great emerging players but they have the heart and character to go with it – and they are excellent ambassadors of our club.
Long may they be at Newcastle as we start to bring silverware to Tyneside.