Joe Kinnear has come out and probably issued a statement more for the good of Mike Ashley than anybody else.
Joe Kinnear – difficult to fight relegation with youngsters
We think this statement probably comes from Ashley asking Joe why he couldn’t use some of the good looking youngsters coming through the club, and we’re sure it must be difficult fighting relegation when you have youngsters in the team, who are bound to make mistakes during their learning process.
Joe said today:
“We have a decent right-back who is virtually injured until the end of the season and a young kid (David Edgar) who is not anywhere near as good as the one we are losing.”
“If we get any more injuries with our defenders we would be in serious trouble.”
“You can’t fight relegation with kids, that’s for sure. If I lost a center-half now I wouldn’t know which way to turn.”
If he lost a center-half he could play David Edgar or Tamas Kadar, after all Arsenal play youngsters all the time, and Man United play one or two in the side regularly when necessary. And Cesc Febregas played for the first team at Arsenal from the time he was 17 years old.
That’s disappointing from Joe, if it also means he is not willing to play the youngsters, when all is good, and we’re away from the relegation zone, because Newcastle are building up their Youth Academy and hope to build a good team with youngsters coming through the club, and we have a very good batch of them at the club right now.
It’s a little bit like Graeme Souness’s famous statement that “You will not win anything with 11 James Milners.” – a statement he rightly took a lot of stick over.
But it seemed that most players who came through the Liverpool syystem of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley never believed you could do anything much with youngsters, although Kevin Keegan didn’t seem to have that opinion.