David Edgar, our 20 year-old defender, captained his country Canada in the World Youth Championships in Canada during the summer and was part of their senior squad selected for the game against Iceland last night. Canada drew that game 1-1 and it doesn’t look like David got a run out.
Edgar is well aware that his first team chances at Newcastle this season may be restricted with manager Sam Allardyce already adding David Rozehnal, Cacapa and Jose Enrique to a defensive squad that already included Steven Taylor, Stephen Carr and Ramage ahead of David for selection.
Let’s see what David has to say about the Under-20 tournament and other things on his mind.
Canadian David Edgar – to be sent out on loan this season?
We were hugely impressed with David Edgar last season and of all the youngsters we played at full-back, David performed best in that position in our view. So we had hoped he could push for a place at right back in the squad this season.
David talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday and this is what he had to say:
â€œI just have to see what happens.â€
â€œBeing captain at the world youth champs is a step towards anybodyâ€™s ambition to be captain of their country.â€
â€œI know there a few games coming up and my under-20s coach is the national team manager.â€
Canada’s challenge in the World Youth Championships proved to be disappointing as the hosts failed to move on from the group stages of the competition. But David is realistic and up-beat as he continued:
â€œThe summer was bitter-sweet for me.â€
â€œThere was a lot built up on the Canadian hopes and we disappointed a little bit.â€
â€œFrom an expectation point of view, we were disappointing, but from an experience point of view, it can only be deemed as a good one.â€
â€œIt was my third time at the tournament and I took a lot of positives away from it.â€
Edgar admits sports are changing in his homeland usually dominated by NHL, American Football, baseball and basketball â€“ with football now (soccer) becoming more popular.
â€œThere are a lot of exciting things happening with Canadian soccer at the moment.â€
â€œI support Toronto FC now for sure. I have a lot of friends who play for them and I keep in touch on the internet and on the phone.â€
â€œThey are really enjoying playing in the Major League Soccer scene back home.â€
â€œI got the chance to train with them when I was back home to get my fitness levels up for the Under-20s and it is a great set-up.â€
â€œThey have a good fan base and it is exactly what Toronto needed.â€
We’ll need to see what happens with David this season but he needs games to develop and we’d like to see him sent out on loan for an initial 6 months to a Championship team, if Sam doesn’t see using him in the first team squad. The very last thing we want to happen is that he hangs around with no first team games â€“ this is not what needs to further his football education and experience.
With time getting short Sam needs to decide what he does with Edgar, Paul Huntington and also Peter Ramage, who may not play many games this season. We think two of these three will be sent out on loan.
Let’s know what you think about this – comments welcome.