One of our very best young guns, James Milner, has had a tremendous run in the Newcastle side since the beginning of last season.
During the defeat at Manchester City last Saturday James looked particularly sharp again, especially in the first half.
His performances have not gone unnoticed by Big Sam, and while Sam sings the praises of James today, he is also very sage and even a little worried about Jamesâ€™ physical and mental state, because of all the game James has played during that time.
James Milner – Sam has to stop him training too much in case he wears out
Sam talked this morning about James Milner:
“James is so enthusiastic about his game that we actually have to stop him doing stuff, and that’s always a problem,” “It’s quite a nice problem, but it is a problem because, at the end of the day, a young man of his age can still burn out mentally as well as physically.â€
“With the amount of games he played last year and then going into the European Under-21 tournament in Holland, he has had very little time off.â€ “We are always holding him back, we are always sending him in because we want him to get enough rest.â€
“James Milner’s progression has been fantastic, but my side of it is the vast amount of games at 21 years old he has played.â€ “While he might look physically capable of doing that, I have to be aware of the burn-out situation.â€
“I am treating him very carefully at the moment and trying to get him to understand that, even as young as he is, one of the most important things is rest, not training, because the extra training could have a negative effect in the end.â€
“The rest and plenty of sleep with the amount of games he has gone through would be more beneficial for him than too much training.”
Weâ€™d be surprised if Milner is not on the right wing for Newcastle tomorrow and weâ€™d like to see a more aggressive and creative team starts the game. If we can get Enrique in at left back that will free up another of our young guns, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia to play on the left wing.Â If Sam can also draft Emre into central midfield that would look a good team, certainly good enough to get all 3 points tomorrow.
Sam is predicting big things for the young Yorkshireman, who of course spent a season at Aston Villa from 2005-2006 and played over 30 times for the Villains. Allardyce continued:
“He is a terrific prospect and a lad who has come through the mill here.â€ “The club has tried to discard him twice – they loaned him out once and then tried to sell him the second time.â€
“He was maybe not so well-liked by the fans to begin with but, all of a sudden, he has come through all that.â€ “And although he is still only 21, he is performing in the Premier League to a very high level.â€
“People have forgotten just how young this lad is, but he has got vast experience in the Premier League now which means, in two or three years, he could be a really top player.”
James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia were both brought to the club by the the great Bobby Robson. It looks like the pair will be big stars for the club in the future, and they’re not doing too bad right now. Both recently signed 5 year long term contracts for the club. Come to think of it, we wonder how the contract negotiations with Steven Taylor are coming along?
We hope James is on form tomorrow to help Newcastle to the win they need to re-energize their league possibilities this season.