Keegan Must Give Edgar a Chance


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.

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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:

“David’s heart is with Newcastle United but he is frustrated by a lack of first-team football, and that is a problem,” “He 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.”

“I 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 he’s not going to play this season, he’d like to prove himself while on loan at another club.”

“Ipswich, 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 don’t know whether that has changed, but those three clubs would love to have him.”

“I know Kevin has had other things to deal with as he’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.”

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 Edgar’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?

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 16, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    He WILL play against manure.

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  • mitch

    Feb 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it is time to give the likes of Edgar a chance if are first teamers Ha Ha got beat 6-0 at man u I don’t think they could embarrass us any more than them at the moment do you

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  • doc

    Feb 16, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Faye had a very good run out wednesday and he will partner Taylor in the middle
    David E will be on the bench, but after we get 3 – 0 up he will get a run out

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  • AlexW

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    spot on doc

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  • Graham

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Keep taking those tablets Doc!

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  • paulthe pom

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    i reckon taylor has had an easy ride off our fans this year and thats because he is home grown.i dont think he is as good as whats made out,yes he has heart and promise but i dont think he is top knotch,lets drop him and the brazillian idiot and try edgar with faye.both no nonsense big centre halves who can play a bit.taylor and cacapa are slow and low in confidence.hence our recent scorelines.

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  • CRAIGG

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I would like Norwich to be a bit of a feeder club for us. Glenn knows and loves our club is a fine and proven coach and great in handling youngsters. I would send Edgar, Tozer and maybe a couple of others there for a season long loan next season as we are short on quality and numbers this season and hopefully a couple more quality defenders can free up the talented young players and give them good experience in a tough competitive league.

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Feb 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think we would be doing Edgar any favours picking against Manu, lets give him a chance where he won’t be under such pressure.

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  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    i suppose u could try him n taylor with faye sitting in front im just think there lack of experience might show

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  • Bryan

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Paul the Pom – Your spot on. We all love to see our own local lads in our team and they do get the benefit of the doudt when they do not play well or make mistakes. Taylor as you say is just an average player who is not good enough for the first team if we have any aspirations of competing with the top teams.

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  • briss

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    The truth is KKwon’t trust another unproven young lad at CB but and he prob will get a shot at most likely RB instead of peice o’ shit carr.

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  • Ian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    He should watch the videos of his past first team performances, they were spot on, as good as any other players first premiership performances.

    He should have been played ever since his debut, he didnt put a foot wrong, I just hope he hasnt changed since then.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    i think he will go out on loan. get himself some good experince. many people think he is better than steven taylor, maybe just that little bit of first team football would do him the world of good

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  • Sav

    Feb 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Can’t understand how come he couldn’t get another few games after scoring against ManU. He kept Roonaldo in his place and I know he faced another top wide man in his other start. Then he’s dropped!

    Either he’s been a bad lad off the pitch (and we still play Barton?) or Souness was totally thick. Or both?

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  • Premiership Vids

    Feb 16, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Edgar will get a chance soon. Can’t hurt our recent run of form.

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  • Shanghaitoon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Personally, I really like Edgar and think he should have a chance. As Paulthe Pom says he would work well in the centre with Faye. Defo need to drop Carr – hes a plank of wood. We just cannot do any worse than our last effort??? against ManU so give the lad a chance – he may surprise a lot of people!! I also think we should be giving Caroll a chance, again look what our s0 called stars (overpaid primadonnas) did in our last outing!! Fresh blood needed and soon!!

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  • wozza

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #17

    So Ed im wondering who you consider these 10 teenagers to be?

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  • marcus owen

    Feb 17, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #18

    It is a good idea to give some of the youngters like Edgar, Carroll, Lua Lua, etc. a chance to prove themselve for the remaining season. If they are capable then we can save the money for their position expecially left back.

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  • Scott Hodge

    Feb 20, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Agree with PaulthePom about Taylor. Edgar imo will in years to come be a better player than Taylor. I watch him playing, he is an excellent ball player and his positional play is much better, he is more vocal and plays with awesome passion being a black and whiter who lived in Hebburn from 13 year old. As far as pressure goes the Man Utd game , when he was man of the match, was his home debut and only second Premier game. He was 19 years old and found he was playing out of position 2 HOURS before kick off and “by the way you’re marking Ronaldo” smirk, said Roeder. Well it back fired didnt it Roeder !! I do hope the kid gets a chance, you never hear him moaning or shouting how good he is in the Chronicle every night like some of our players !!

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