Newcastle Lining Up Young Scottish Talent

It looks like Newcastle United will continue to bring some excellent youngsters into the club during the summer. Don’t be surprised if a lot of these have Scottish accents.


Kevin Keegan – club is eying up top young Scottish talent

The powerful strategy laid out by Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort is already looking good, as we see our Newcastle Reserve team winning regularly. The average age of the team is around 18 years but they have lost just once in their last 8 games.

Just think what some of the lads will be like in a couple of years. 😀

Of course we have brought players in from all over Europe, but Keegan, who was in Glasgow before joining Newcastle, has been looking closely at some young Scottish talent.

Kevin said today:

“There’s definitely a lot of talent coming through. Most of it is already known about.”

“We have had Celtic Under-19s and Under-14s here, we have had Dundee United’s youngsters here.” “So there is already some fantastic young players coming through.”

“I think there is a resurgence in Scotland, from what I am seeing, of kids who want to play.” “What they have got to make sure is those kids who are playing at 12, 13, 14, don’t fall by the wayside when they get to 15, 16”

“I think that’s what happens a lot, not just in Scotland, but the north of England.” “We have got to address that because those two or three years, you can’t just go missing from football and just pick it back up again, because they are vital years.”

“I guess a lot of guys want to go and watch Rangers and Celtic and teams like that rather than play and they have got to try to do both.”

There’s no doubt that one of the most exciting areas of the Newcastle club right now are the youngsters. Players like Carroll (19), Edgar (20), Lua Lua (17) Soderberg (17), Foster (19), Zamblera (17) and Baheng (18) are just a few of the youngsters already showing promise in the Newcastle Reserves side, under the excellent guidance of coach Adam Sadler.

That’s been a big success this season and whatever happens with our relegation fight, the club will continue with their Youth Policy.

16 comments so far

  • martins

    Mar 12, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Love to see aiden Mcgeady at the toon young player with bags of talent.

    A Thing that bugs me is the fact we have to look in scotland to look for youngsters there surley should be some gifted footballers in the north east

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 12, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #2

    we have 3 goalkeepers in the reserves so we have to sell some of them.anyway scotland isnt renowned for good players but i like mcfadden wasted at brum

  • Tippo

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #3

    That is if Keegan is still there in the summer. I think things need to improve, a win this weekend will help.

  • Graham

    Mar 12, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I couldn’t care less if they’re Scottish Irish Welsh or mackem (well maybe not mackem) as long as they can make it long term then bring them in! If we get relegated they may find themselves playing sooner than they think…

  • Ste

    Mar 12, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Youth is the way forward! The last time we looked any good was under Sir Bobby and the average age for the team was about 23/24, led by the few mature players in shearer and speed! That’s that we need, hunger, desire and want to play and win week in, week out!

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 12, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Off subject I know Ed but can we please start a petition to get EDGAR in the team. Edgar is the best defender at the club… makes Taylor look like a conference player. Better with his feet, better at marking, better at heading, has more positional sense and has a far better tackle on him. Instead KK goes for a journeyman like Diatta. I loved KK, but he doesn’t have a great record with young players. Edgar will end up going to the championship. We must stop that happening.

  • Dimitri

    Mar 12, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    I say lets play Birmingham 4-3-3 on Monday with the following team:

    beye taylor/Diatta Faye Enrique
    Milner Geremi Duff
    Martins Carol Owen

    And then a bench of N’Zogbia to come on second half, Butt, Smith, Viduka, Barton, etc

    who’s with me?

  • Gun "Indonesian Geordie"

    Mar 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Why bother strengthening the youth/reserve if they never get the trust to push into the first team? Well, no offend, but even in worst condition like now, and with so many reserves youngsters shining brightly, those overpaid underperformers are still putting on their boots every weekend. No matter how many young talents we bring in if they are not given the chance to taste real competition, they are just gonna be loads of junk. GIVE THEM CHANCE!! Carroll is never dissapointing when given a chance, edgar is fantastic while smith is pathetic, and butt is just a butt.

  • Leo

    Mar 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    he will give them a chance next season when we are still in the premiership.

    if by chance he played the youngsters and we lost agaisnt brum fulham sunderland people would get on his back just as much so he is in a loose loose situation, just wait and the results will come. i hope…

  • GP

    Mar 12, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    There are a few good Scots, though McGeady plays for Ireland since he’s a fenian twat. Still wouldn’t mind bringing him here though, same as that lad who Real Madrid are after.

  • scott9

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    players i would take from scotland who i no of
    scott brwon- great attacking mid decent passer just what we need.
    aiden mcgeady- the best of the lot probably the best player in the scottish league exackly what we need.
    kris boyd- scores lots of golas and a decnt target man could definatley do with him.
    scott mcdonald- great player scores loads of golas but we dont really nedd another small striker.
    cueller- composed big strong tall good in the air cb just what we need.
    barry ferguson- hes aint y that young but i wouldnt say no a great leader decent passer can attack and defender a great cm player

  • Rich

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    scott9 – i live in Scotland and your list is pretty much spot on. i really rate Mcgeady hes awesome. The only one i would disagree with is Kris Boyd – scores goals but far too lazy for my liking.

    Other players in Scotland are Steven Fletcher – great young striker, has the lot.

    Ross McCormack – Striker/Attacking mid- loads of pace and skill and only 20 years old

  • Rich

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Laryea Kingston is a decent, strong cenral midfileder also

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 12, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Totally agree with Nick Dryden, I’ve been saying exactly that for the last two years m8 !! Edgar is a very capable player and will leave probably this summer !! I dont know anything about youngsters from Scotland but why bother if KK shuns our own kids !!

  • scott9

    Mar 12, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    o yes forgot about Laryea Kingston we had a little interst in him at one time im sure hwen glen roeder was manager i think what the hell is he doing at hearts though hes much better than that

  • Gordon d

    Mar 12, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I live near Kingston and have picked up his wife and kids in my taxi .Really good player when he play’s Hearts play i’d say his best position is attacking/right midfield .Had his problems up here never the less when he gets going the only way to stop him is to bring him down.Reports in Scotland when he signed for Hearts was that he turned down both Newcastle and Bolton. p.s C’MON THE TOON.


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