The local Shields Gazette has a good report today, on just how the Newcastle United club will further develop their young up and coming stars next season.
David Edgar – 20 year old needs to make his mark next season
It seems like the club is ready to loan out some of their younger players, maybe for a 6 month spell at Championship League clubs, so they can get some first team football experience.
This will need to become an important path, for quite a number of the outstanding youngsters, we plan to bring to the club in the next few seasons.
The stars mentioned are 19 year-old striker Andy Carroll and 20 year-old Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, both of whom were both loaned out last season.
Andy was at Preston North End for 6 months, and Tim went to Falkirk, in the SPL, for the whole season.
We also expect 18 year-olds Ben Tozer and Tamas Kadar, two of our brightest young prospects, to be loaned out, probably for the full season.
However, we don’t think Reserve team captain David Edgar, who is now 20, will be too happy to be loaned out.
His contract runs out next summer, and he will no doubt want to push his way into the first team reckoning next season, if he is to have any future on Tyneside.
David has been on a high protein diet this summer, to try to bulk up a bit, to fill out his 6’2″ frame, and he started a couple of games for Newcastle at the end of last season, and performed well.
But David needs more weight on him, and the club are helping him to rectify that.
He has always looked a good prospect for us, but next season is the time when he will need to make his mark at the club, and he knows it.
So we would be really surprised if Kevin elects to loan David out, since that could mean the end of his Newcastle career.
There’s no mention of loaning out Kazenga LuaLua, the 17 year old brother of former striker Lomana Lua Lua, and we would expect Kevin to use him in some first team games this coming season. We are now allowed to have 7 substitutes in the games next season.
Quite honestly, we’d be a little surprised if Kevin doesn’t want to use Andy Carroll for the first team next season too.
Andy got his first start in the final game of last season at Everton, and the 6’3″ striker looks more than useful right now, and we all know Australian Mark Viduka has more than his fair share of injuries during the season.
It will be interesting to see who Kevin loans out, but that definitely means we’ll need to bring in at least another 6 top players, if he is willing to loan out the likes of Tozer and Kadar.
We were thinking they could augment the first team squad next season, but not if they’ll be sent out on loan, which is the best thing for them.
We still have 7 full weeks -actually 50 days and about 8 hours to be exact – before the end of the transfer window on 31st August – not that we’re getting worried at all.Â Â 😀