David Edgar To Be Sent Out On Loan?

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:

“I just have to see what happens.”

“Being captain at the world youth champs is a step towards anybody’s ambition to be captain of their country.”

“I know there a few games coming up and my under-20s coach is the national team manager.”

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:

“The summer was bitter-sweet for me.”

“There was a lot built up on the Canadian hopes and we disappointed a little bit.”

“From an expectation point of view, we were disappointing, but from an experience point of view, it can only be deemed as a good one.”

“It was my third time at the tournament and I took a lot of positives away from it.”

Edgar admits sports are changing in his homeland usually dominated by NHL, American Football, baseball and basketball – with football now (soccer) becoming more popular.

David added:

“There are a lot of exciting things happening with Canadian soccer at the moment.”

“I 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.”

“They are really enjoying playing in the Major League Soccer scene back home.”

“I 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.”

“They have a good fan base and it is exactly what Toronto needed.”

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 – 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.

7 comments so far

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Provided we bring in Faye and a RB, then Edgar and Huntington should be sent out on a 6 month loan to championship sides.

    They are both exciting prospects that we’ll see a lot from in the next few years. However, they need regular football and mentoring/guidance. Hopefully BSA will hand select side(s) that will provide mentoring from seasoned pros as needed for our youngsters. i.e. where is Tony Adams managing these days as he took young Taylor under his wing at Wycombe!

    Ramage will stay at Newcastle as cover for the defence and play the odd game, mostly from the subs bench as he’s a decent squad player with the right attitude…..

  • TOON1

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed -just read a story emre got injured playing for turkey last night.Read he limped off after 40mins ,have you any news on this ,hope this is not true ,as i feel having emre in the team can make us look a different team!!!on his day he can be the bit of creativeness we need.

  • Darren

    Aug 23, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally I rate Edgar more than Ramage, I’d sell Ramage (a Championship club would give us £2m) as he just isn’t up to premiership football.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 23, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Toon1 – could find out anything yet on Emre – he should never have played in the first place. Do you have the reference?

  • Darren

    Aug 23, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    It mentions Emre on nufc.com but no more details than stated here.

  • TOON1

    Aug 23, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    ED-the reference is nufc.com.Had a report on each of our players on int duty,and said emre had limped off after 40 mins!

  • Scottyhodge

    Nov 22, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    David Edgar looks a class act. I saw against Boro reserves and he was head and shoulders above everyone else. I think he is waiting to go out on loan to Ipswich asap. I can see us losing him and in a few years from now we will be kicking ourselves. Lest we forget he marked Ronaldo out of the game in January, 19 years old, 2nd premiership game, found out he was playing 2 hours before kick off, out of position and on his home debut. Respect David!!


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