Newcastle Youngsters Will Still Get Chances Next Season


Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has challenged Paul Huntington and Peter Ramage to keep their places in the first team next season.

But they first have to get into the side first as Sam still wants at least three additional defenders to shore up his squad.

Sam also talked about the impressive debut of bargain buy David Rozenthal – the 6’3” Czech International.

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Peter Ramage and Paul Huntington

Allardyce said last night:

“I have no problem with Ramage and Huntington – they had massive parts to play here last season.“They were in the team last year and gained some valuable experience.

“I would expect that would improve them for this season.

“They should make the team better and make themselves better because of their experience.

“The challenge for them this season is to get in the team.

“I need to improve my defensive line. Everyone is talking about defenders, but I want those two to say “Hey gaffer, once I get in the side, you won’t be able to get me out’.

“That will be a very good competition, if I can build it like that.

“I have got that on the front line, but I think we are still light of three or four players.”

The game saw an impressive debut for center-back David Rozehnal. The Czech international, a £2.9M signing (that’s cheap) from Paris Saint-Germain, looked good and Allardyce is sure he will get up to speed with English football quickly.

After the game Sam said:

“David looked very comfortable on the ball and as time ticks on and the competition becomes stiffer, he will get more of a test.

“David is going to be fine. He is an intelligent man and a really dedicated professional.”

“If he learns as quickly as he needs to, he will be okay.”

“We have seen he is a talented footballer as well as a good defender.”

Seems like David is a very good professional and if he can quickly get to grips with the rigours of the Premiership he can be an important player for us next season.

This is the team played last night – at Victoria Park – with substitutes in parenthesis for the second half.

Newcastle United: Given (Harper), Carr (Lough), Rozehnal (Solano), Barton (Lua Lua), Martins (Owen), N’Zogbia (Bertram), Ramage (Francis), Carroll (Ameobi), Dyer (Pattison), Butt (Triosi), Huntington.
Referee: C Oliver
Attendance: 6030.

It’s good to see all the players getting a run out – and it just goes to show the excellent youngsters we have in the squad with players such as Kazenga Lua Lua, Andrew Carroll, Darren Lough. Matty Pattison. Mark Bertram, Alex Francis, David Triosi and Paul Huntington getting a game.
Lua Lua. Carroll, Lough, Bertram and Francis all played for our successful youth team last year. If some of these youngsters can come through next season then it will really help the squad as far as competition for places goes. While Sam wants to rely on experienced players – we trust the youngsters will still be given their chance – when it’s appropriate. We have always believed in a strong youth policy at Newcastle – it can save us millions in the long haul.

Seems like Viduka, Geremi, Edgar, Taylor, Babayaro, Emre  and Krul were the players missing from last night’s game. There’s some talent there as well.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    So we’ve gone private again, maybe the cash will start flowing now. Out of our youngsters, I think (and hope) Carroll and Lua Lua are our biggest talents. Obviously we all know about Taylor, but these 2 boys could be our new generation Shearer and Beardsley, potentially.

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  • Pete

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Who the hell is Lough ?

    Nice to see LuaLua and Troisi get a run out 😀

    Huntington is looking like a real good CB for the future (even though Roeder played him at LB), Ramage needs to take another big step forward in his development to become first team regular – although if we dont get the signings big Sam may be forced to play him.

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  • Craig Allen

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    good to see the de-listing news this morning … that should calm 1 or 2 nerves in a vast nervous system 🙂

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  • Ross

    Jul 18, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    so he’s challenging our young defenders to keep their place in the squad…
    isnt this a little strange considering all big sam has been saying is that he’d like to bring in new defenders?
    dont get me wrong i think huntington could turn out to be quite good. ramage on the other hand, is shite as far as im concerned.
    im probably just jumping to conclusions, but to me this just looks like allardyce has hit a bump whilst trying to bring in new men at the back and this is the first attempt at covering it up until something finally manages to potentially happen regarding a new signing. thoughts guys?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Pete – Darren Lough played for the youth team at right back last season – he’s got to be decent to be given a full half by Sam last night. The youth team made the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup last year before going out to eventual champions Liverpool.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Ross – i don’t think it’s a big bump – but Sam was obviously frustrated with his comments a day or two ago. It’s a big big job Sam has. But as he says there are still some good defenders out there – but we need to move fast to get them – we need to be fully ready for the season – and not be signing players at 11pm on August 31st – as in previous years.

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  • Neil

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    It just goes to show you that wee really need a couple of defenders in. I think Ramage and Huntington are both solid, with Huntington having more potential. I see Wayne Bridge is out with a hip problem. I would love to see a couple of world class defenders join the club.

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  • Darren

    Jul 18, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    A couple of the youth team defenders were only in as our defence is threadbare at the minute, Lough & Francis (and Bertram, Troisi & Lua Lua for that matter) are miles away from first team football.

    With young players you have to aim to get one a season through to be a first team player, any club would be happy with that.

    Because of injuries last year we had Huntingdon, Edgar, Ramage & Carroll appearing often, which wouldn’t have been the case otherwise.

    If one of them can push on this season then I will be happy (I’d say Huntingdon/Edgar has the better chance, Carroll should be loaned out if we keep hold of all our strikers).

    Going back to last season, I thought Edgar looked really good, positional sense was fine and he was strong in the tackle, yet Roeder preferred Ramage etc. Anyone else think this was a mistake?

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