Will Keegan Give Youth a Chance at Newcastle?

We always like to see managers watching the Reserve Team games and even the Youth Team games sometimes, so it was good to see both Kevin Keegan and Sven Eriksson at the Newcastle United vs Manchester City Reserve game last night at St. James’ Park, which ended in a 1-1 draw, in front of only 740 fans.


20 year-old David Edgar – captain of the Reserve side played well last night

It was especially good that Eriksson stayed until the end of the game as he had quite a drive back to Manchester across the Pennines after the game, but it shows why he is a great club manager. City have just done the double over Manchester United is his first season in charge at the Eastlands, and Sven’s had a great first season at the club.

Keegan had said last month if he couldn’t bring in some new players in January, he would have to rely on some of the younger players, through the end of the season.

It turns out that Striker Andy Carroll and defender David Edgar both had excellent games for Newcastle last night, and reports say that Carroll’s 54th-minute opener had both Kevin Terry McDermott out of their seats.

Carroll had scored a hat trick for the Reserves against Middlesbrough recently, and has looked sharp since he returned from his rather unsuccessful loan spell at Preston, apparently none the worse for that experience.

David Edgar is the captain of the side and showed lots of strong leadership last night – good for him. He also captained the Canada Under-20 side in last year’s FIFA Under-20 Championships in Canada. And who will ever forget his excellent goal in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at home last season. He had a smile on his face from the time he scored until the end of the game that night, he just couldn’t believe it.

New signings Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar and Wesley Baheng also had good games and we expect these 3 to be pushing though during next season into the first team squad.

One of the things we really liked about Glenn Roeder was he gave the youngsters their chance, and they didn’t let the club down, but since then they haven’t had many chances at all. With our new youth recruitment policy, we will have to start playing the youngsters as they come though, otherwise they will look for pastures anew. Some of these may also go out on loan next season, as Carroll and 19 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul have done this season.

It will be interesting to see not only Kevin’s starting line up for the Manchester United game, but also who he puts on the bench.

Next season the substitutes will be increased to 7, so Kevin will have a better chance to give the youngsters a taste of what it’s like being part of the first team squad, and we’re sure he will take that opportunity.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • izzy69rocks

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Provided we are clear of the relegation dogfight and getting some real results (winning)…. then giving the youth a chance is a good idea to expose our players.

    But till now… we´ve yet to get a win ….. and KK will be probably use the current first 11 to get the results.

    Hopefully we can get those coming and soon.

  • Mr T

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I wish we’d kept Pattison if I’m honest, better than Nicky Butt and just as much bite! and why on earth did we sell Paul Huntington?!?!

    He should give the young ones a better chance, I go to reserve matches when I can, Edgar always looks solid, Carroll is always a threat (which is a damn site more than you can say for Ameobi!!!) Forster looks an excellent prospect as well.

    If we play the youngsters, people are going to know what to expect less if we construct the tactics around a different selected teams strengths every week. Give Lua-Lua some time as well. Donninger and Donaldson to could cause problems and would certainly give the likes of Viduka something to think about while they’re sitting so confortable.

  • GP

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    The youngsters really did us proud last season, I don’t see why they shouldn’t have the opportunity to have a go again. We’re short of numbers and the players we do have are not doing it. I’d have Carroll over Smith anyday.

  • Kash2

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m all for Edgar coming into the 1st team fold, I’ve seen him play too and he’s very comfortable and composed on the ball for a defender. Fair enough they have a little bit more time in reserves but he showed what he is capable against Man Utd and i’m sure he’s developed since then!

    Kadar was played at LB yesterday with Tozer and CB. I thought Tozer was LB and Kadar CB?????

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    we all trust that the youngsters will put the effort in and maybe its time for them, they deserve the chance

  • jim baker

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I was at the game last night, it was ok…nowt special. But saying that if was an ok result against an experienced Man City team, on paper they were probably the better team, and without Shola on the pitch i beleive we would have won.
    Shola was horribly bad, total waste of a place in the team for someone more deserving.
    The two players which shon through were Edgar and Carol, both good enough to be in current first team. Carol is class, and in my opinion is much better than Smith and i’d rather him play than Viduka too.
    Can’t see Keegan playing them but i hope for our sake he does.

  • Bill F

    Feb 12, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I might start to sound like a cracked record but I have been advocating playing Carroll for several weeks now. Dunno why he doesnt at least get some pitch time as a sub. If we can get 3 fairly quick wins then KK ought to play the likes Lua Lua and Edgar as well as Carroll in the starting eleven. Might save some cash in the Summer or at least more to be spent on fewer players.

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    100% agree bill, if we get them players playing well for the first team it will mean we can consentrate our ‘fire’ on higher quality players. then spend money saves on quality youngsters

  • Toon Al

    Feb 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    it was 2-2 when edgar scored in the man u game

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Carroll is definately putting a strong case forward to his inclusion in the 1st team.

    Definately ahead of Shola and Smith.

    Also agree with most said.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Doninger looks a great prospect,id give him a go before the ned of the league,carrol deserves ago aswell.Id like to see harper stay on as first choice for the rest of the season i think given is burned out.My team against utd





  • Ian

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I do not understand why he isnt first choice for left back in the first team, the two games I watched him play he was the coolest headed player on the pitch, in fact if I was looking to pick fault I wondered if he was a little too cool and confident but he never made a mistake.
    I often wonder if they are judging to much on the training field instead of the games. Emre is allowed to take corners and free kicks, I wonder if he takes them well in training, but they are shocking in real games, Nzogbia, Duff and Milner are much better at taking them in the matches.

  • Richard

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    David Edgar is mint and should be in the squad every game – carr and enrique are shite and cacapa goes either good or shite.

    Because i’m a bit daft I’d like to see:




    Owen (c)

    Bench of: Given, Edgar, Cacapa, Butt, Lua Lua, Viduka

  • Rich

    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Richard u just said Enrique is shite and included him in your team mate? haha Hes better than Carr though so il let u off!

  • James

    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Al – we beat Man Utd 2-1 when Edgar scored the winner (last season)

  • GP

    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Ian, Emres freekicks are not shite. Charlies are what you call shite. Have you even been watching Newcastle this season?

  • Dragoner

    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    richard you aint got a clue mate, enrique is not shit, he is one of the high rated spanish youngsters right now, idiot!


    Feb 12, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #18

    James, we drew 2-2 Edgar scored the equaliser after scholes scored twice Milner scored our first

  • Tripp

    Feb 12, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    in the 74th minute, if I recall correctly. The shot took a slight deflection which left van der Saar no chance.

  • Scott Hodge

    Feb 12, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Edgar will be a top central defender, lets hope its at the club he loves ! I had him man of the match last night. When he played his home debut in only his second Premiership game he only found out he was playing 2 hours before when Butt failed a late fitness test and then he was played out of position, marking Ronaldo, 19 years old too. The goal he scored was great but it was the way he marked Ronaldo out of the game with great cover from Taylor that impressed me most. Sir Alex switched him wings in the second half because of his performance. He keeps his head down and never complains even though he has had little chance of first team football and wasnt allowed to go out on loan because he had to be used as cover, a 20 year old true professional. Respect David !!

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Mark – good to hear -we really like David – hopefully he’ll get a chance – he’s a solid full back – either side – and when he’s played center-back he’s no nonsense and steady. He’s just 20 – so there’s time for him to come through.
    Being captain at 20 of the Reserves will do him good too.

  • Richard

    Feb 12, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #22

    yeah man i know but i can’t stand carr!!!

    I think he’ll be ok given a run, he’s canny going forward but his positioning… oh my god

    shame we couldn’t have tempted nicky shorey up here

  • Richard

    Feb 12, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #23

    dragoner i think you should have noticed i have put him in ma team! i think his problems are more a lack of experience, but a problem none the less. No need to call me an idiot, this isn’t 606!

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Is Edgar better than Taylor? That shirt grabbing is a penalty waiting to happen and we need someone more responsible.


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