Kevin Keegan has been very pleased with the level of skill displayed by the youngsters we currently have at Newcastle United. This is one of the most positive and hopeful areas of the club right now.
Kevin Keegan – delighted with the youngsters at the club
After commendably watching the last two Newcastle Reserve team games, and then having an even closer look at the youngsters yesterday, during the full-scale practice match at St Jamesâ€™ Park, Keegan told the Newcastle Chronicle today:
“There have been some really good performances.â€ “At some stage we will be looking at the younger players (for the first team), but only when the time is right.â€
“I first watched the reserves at North Shields a couple of weeks ago and was impressed.” “On a tough night they put in a performance against a side who were totally committed to beating them.â€
“I have been pleased with that.” “Weâ€™ve been mixing things up a bit, and at the stadium yesterday gave some of the young lads a chance to see how they compared with the senior players.â€
“This period is a great chance to try out new things and see what people can do.”
Good confident displays from 20 year-old David Edgar, 17 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar and Gateshead’s very own 19 year-old 6’3″ striker Andy Carroll, on Monday night in the Newcastle Reserve’s 1-1 draw with Man City, were fully noted by the impressed Newcastle manager.
David Edgar is now 20 years old so didn’t quite make our Top 10 Teenagers list we published recently, and neither did 21 year-old Charles N’Zogbia. We also excluded James Troisi, our Australian midfield player who is just 19 years old.
When you consider Steven Taylor and James Milner have both just turned 22 years old last month, and add these 5 players to the following 10 teenagers – we appear to be in excellent shape for the future.
We fully expect some of these youngsters to push through for the first team and augment our first team squad next season.
Here’s 15 youngsters for the future at Newcastle United brought in from 7 different countries 😀
Player Age Position Nationality Ole Soderburg 17 G Sweden Tamas Kadar 17 CB Hungary Ben Tozer 17 LB England Kazenga Lua Lua 17 M DR Congo Fabio Zamblera 17 S Italy Wesley Baheng 18 S France Mark Doninger 18 M England Andrew Carroll 19 S England Tim Krul 19 G Holland Fraser Forster 19 G England James Troisi 19 M Australia David Edgar 20 D Canada Charles N'Zogbia 21 M France Steven Taylor 22 D England James Milner 22 M England
That’s one thing the new regime has done very well this season, and that is to bring in these top youngsters from around the world. It will augur so very well for the future of our club, and it seems such an exciting and promising strategy.
It was used to great effect of course by the great Matt Busby at Manchester United in the late 1950s, when he had the famous Busby Babes. Busby used to sign the best youngsters from the National Under-15 Schoolboy teams of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
One of those was of course Ashington’s very own Bobby Charlton, who played for East Northumberland Schoolboys and England Schoolboys in 1953, before he was snapped up by Manchester United (where were the Newcastle scouts?).
We’d like to see some of the above youngsters given a chance this season, but Kevin is right when he says we have to first be safe from relegation.