David Edgar was the best player on the field last Monday night, when the Newcastle Reserves team drew with Manchester City reserves, 1-1, at St.James’ Park in front of both club managers Kevin Keegan and Sven Eriksson.
David Edgar – deserves a game in first team
And in that game internationals Emile Mpenza and Valeri Bojinov were both playing for City, and Edgar played them beautifully in an excellent game, which had to impress Keegan. We also suspect Edgar had another top game in the full scale practice Keegan had at St. James’ Park last week, when Keegan said 2 of the top 4 players were youngsters. Edgar also has excellent leadership qualities, and he is Reserve team captain and is captain of the Canada Under-20 side.
His agent, Barry McLean told the Newcastle journal:
â€œDavidâ€™s heart is with Newcastle United but he is frustrated by a lack of first-team football, and that is a problem,â€ â€œHe would be better off playing regularly in the first team on loan somewhere, but he also knows numbers are low at Newcastle and that he could get a chance there soon. But there is only so much you can learn playing in the reserves week after week.â€
â€œI think we need to sit down with Kevin Keegan and discuss the matter. He is not agitating for a move, he just wants to know where he stands. If heâ€™s not going to play this season, heâ€™d like to prove himself while on loan at another club.â€
â€œIpswich, Norwich and Plymouth have all enquired about him, but Newcastle have not been willing to let him go in January because of the fact there were players away at the African Cup of Nations.”
“David has been stuck between a rock and a hard place this season. I donâ€™t know whether that has changed, but those three clubs would love to have him.â€
â€œI know Kevin has had other things to deal with as heâ€™s just arrived at the club, but hopefully we can sit down at some point in the next couple of weeks and try to come to an agreement on what the best course of action will be.â€
Edgar, though, has made a good impression on Keegan, and it may well be that David will get a chance before the end of the season. The defense last week looked in total disarray in the second half at Villa Park. David is a solid, no nonsense defender who always puts in a good shift, and David could even come in for a game at left back, which is where he played against Manchester United last season, and scored a goal in our 2-2 draw at home.
He can also play anywhere along the back four, but the 6’2″ defender’s best position is center-back. When he has played for the first team he’s put in some solid games at right back, left back and center-back, in the 4 appearances he’s made so far.
Glenn Roder at Norwich would be Edgarâ€™s favored destination and Roeder gave him his first team debut last season. In fact Roeder is no doubt keeping tabs on the situation at Newcastle, because he would be only too willing to take some of Newcastle’s youngsters on loan to Norwich, both this season and next. We have 10 top class teenagers at the club, for a start.
It’s not easy for Kevin to keep everybody happy at the moment, but we think Edgar could well be on the substitutes bench against Manchester United. But if Kevin cannot use him, he should be sent out on loan now to Norwich, to get some playing time before the summer.
This is important because with the club bringing in so many youngsters, we will have to sort out how these players are all developed in football terms, and loan moves are an important part of that.
What do you think?