Edgar Must Come Through This Season At Newcastle

David Edgar faces a critical season for his football career at Newcastle United.


David Edgar – hopefully put some muscle on his 6’2″ frame over the summer

The Canadian youngster’s contract runs out next June, and in order to earn a new contract he will need to push through and get some first team games this coming season, at the very least, or else he will probably be released by the club next summer.

That’s the stark reality of being a young professional player these days, but we think David has a more than even chance of making it at the club. David captained the Reserve side last season, and has very good leadership skills.

He admitted after the West Ham game at the end of last season (2-2 draw), that he wasn’t strong enough as he had some trouble with their big and burley center forward Dean Ashton,

We assume he’s been doing some weight training and hopefully has added some weight in terms of muscle, over the summer, to fill out his 6′ 2″ frame.

But David is a good lad and a great professional, and he’s been nicely surprised at how much first team action he’s seen  pre-season, and hopes to be pressing very soon for a Premiership League place.

Edgar told the Evening Chronicle.

“It’s going well and I’ve played a little longer than I expected to already,” “Now I’m hoping to build on that at Doncaster.”

“The aim is to stay fit and challenge because it’s a long season and you just want to keep pushing the gaffer.”

It’s not going to be easy for David to push through to the first team, with Taylor, Cacapa  and Faye ahead of him, and with every possibility that Keegan will sign another top class center-back this summer.

However, David can also play at right back, which he did last Saturday, and he could still get a run out in the first team there, on occasions, as well as battling it out for a central defensive position.

It will be interesting to see how the youngster fares next season, but now is the time for him to come through – big time.

Best of luck, David.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Whitters

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    It looks like he will get plenty of action if we don’t get some defenders in soon!

  • neozero

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #2

    he could also be deployed at leftback if we dont get anyone in that position. hopefully we can score some more goal those agains MU

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I would like him to improve and become a first team regular!

  • Matt

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Not good enough, cash in before his contract runs out next summer.


    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I strongly disagree Matt. I think he has huge potential, he just needs to get stronger so he can handle the likes of Ashton. Whenever hes played hes never disappointed me. Hes also the Canadian Under 21 Captain.

  • WesToon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    @ CDN MAGPIE i agree with you mate,Edgar could be class,needs a bit of muscle… & then we will see,he is also versatile,KEEP THE LAD

  • Whitters

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I also strongly disagree matt. we cannot afford to sell any defender now, let alone a lad who is young and has the potential to play in the PL. I’d say the opposite – give him a new contract, and if he proves himself and we decide to sell when we can afford to – he’ll also be worth more.

    I like the player though so I don’t want to sell at all!

  • JOeT

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    not good enough

  • hitman

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    avarage player but with the way things are looking we need to keep him, coz ashley is keeping his wallet shut.

  • Egar

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Wise words, Ed.

  • 51times

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s easy to just spout “not good enough” and then disappear without backing anything you say up.

  • figsdad

    Jul 25, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    he is a good players just now needs to take his chance but i agree we need more defenders in our club…

  • JOeT

    Jul 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #13

    51 times i wouldn’t dare waste my time engaging in a debate with you anyway, ive seen the way you talk to other ppl on this blog!

    I actually have a life

    And if i was going to back it up i’d say…..he’s the same age as gary cahill and its debateable whether he will ever cut it in a top ten team and he’s miles better than edgar!

    Edgar is week both physically and in the air, look at how ashton turned him last year. Gets done on the turn and lacks that 5 yard pace which most Prem defenders now need

  • steve

    Jul 25, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Thought he was at fault for the hartlepool goal last weekend – not sure about him.

  • ToonVol

    Jul 25, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #15

    decent player…dont think he’ll ever be a top player and likely to always be a squad player, meaning he’ll rarely get any run because we don’t play in europe and dont go on cup runs…i’d play him over Cacapa if only for the future…why didnt we sign V.Behrami for 5 million, young, blistering pace, can play rb or rm…what are we doing? sign pandev from lazio please and sit viduka on the bench

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Behrami isnt that fast nor that good, just versatile.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 25, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #17

    well from what i have seen of edgar he is not that good if am honest just strikes me as another tryer abit like peter ramage gives his all but just doesnt have that touch of class whem it matters like baye for instance…

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jul 25, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Well, many of the bigger and more experienced defenders also had problems with Dean Ashton, but I believe in this lad’s ability. But, I also believe that he won’t get a game if KK brings a CB in, so he will be released next summer, and all the hard work and hopes go to waste.

    Why not play him and Taylor or make him a sub for Cacapa or Faye in order for him to at least get a chance to prove himself.

    Him proving his ability in the reserves won’t do any good to Newcastle I’m afraid…

  • NUFCAl

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Edgar is rubbish, the time wasted on him would be better spent bringing through a player who has dazzled at reserve level like Kadar.

    Hopefully after this season everyone will see how crap he is and he’ll be sold on to the Championship or League One where he belongs.

    Hope the lad proves me dead wrong though.

  • scotty

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Needs to be given more games this season – but i too doubt he has what it takes to handle the great attackers of this league.

  • Rubber Guard

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Wise is apparently trying to offload Edgar, if he doesnt get a run out in the firsts he will definitely be away. He will NOT go to Norwich Roeder so dont even ask

  • bear pit

    Aug 26, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #22

    NUFC AL, why do I sense theres something personal regarding you’re comments about Edgar? lol


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