The Newcastle United Under-18 side play holders Manchester City tonight away in the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup.
Richard Money - Man City are the role models for Newcastle Academy
Manchester City are probably the best youth team in the land right now, so it will be a good test of our boys, not only in their skill, but in their spirit.
Richard Money has been given the very important task of running the Newcastle United Academy since last summer, and he’s only recently turned down the Swindon Town manager job, to remain with his young guns.
Richard Money said today:
“It is probably the toughest draw that we could have got and we’re going to have to play very well to get past Manchester City,”
“We’re not going there afraid, though. We know it’s going to be tough but we think that we have got a decent team and we’ve got a chance of getting something out of it.”
“If we go there and play to our full potential.” “They have been investing in their Academy for ten years.”
“We’ve been investing at the same level for more like ten weeks,” “We are very much at the beginning of what we need to do.”
“They’ve got good youngsters coming through in every age group while we’re probably only got a sprinkling of talent that matches them.”
“You look at the likes of Brad Inman, who has come along as a first year, and performed well enough to get himself noticed and get on the substitutes’ bench for a (first-team) game,”
“It is a big stage and there is a huge opportunity if a player delivers a performance that catches the eye.”
The strength of Manchester City’s Academy is seen by the fact Newcastle were willing to part with £8M for 20 year-old midfielder Michael Johnson before Monday’s transfer deadline.
But of course we also got £6M plus Ryan Taylor for 22 year-old Charles N’Zogbia on Monday, so while our Academy is not as well developed, we can already show some successes.
But under Richard Money’s leadership, if things continue to improve as they have done this season, we expect the lads to actually win the FA Youth Cup in a couple of years.
The concentration on youth is a keystone of Mike Ashley’s plans for Newcastle, but unfortunately the fruits of this will be seen for a year or two, but with Andy Carroll coming through well this year, one youngster a year breaking through to the first team would be great.
And we also have 20 year-old Tim Krul (and perhaps Fraser Forster) as the number 2 goalkeeper at Newcastle now, so fans can already see some results of the policy.
One player who has caught Newcastle fans’ imaginations is 17 year-old striker Nile Ranger, who has already scored 14 goals for the U-18s this year, and 5 goals for the Reserves and has been on the first team bench several times already this season, not to mention Kazenga LuaLua, who is also in the squad.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:30 pm and we’ll bring you news of that game, and a win would be a terrific result for the youngsters, who include a large percentage of local lads.
Howay The Bairns.