Derek Llambias has commented this morning on probably the most successful area of the club over the last couple of seasons – The Newcastle Youth Academy – which is now being run by Richard Money.
Richard Money – Newcastle Youth Academy Director
Youngsters like Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Kazenga LuaLua and recently-signed Haris Vuckic, a 16-year-old Slovenian, and Samuel Adjei, a 17-year-old Swedish striker, are already tipped as stars of the future.
Richard Money, who runs the Newcastle Academy is also determined to bring through local talent and we have James Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier also coming through, the ranks.
We certainly have brought in a lot of excellent youngsters over the last 13 months.
Llambias told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We want to build through our academy but there was no academy when we came in.” “It was very poor and we got Richard Money on board who is excellent.”
“Everybody is working together.” “You can’t have boys’ club teams that are better than your academy.”
“We want to get to all the schools and filter it through the centre of excellence then to the academy.” “We want to hit the North East as much as possible and scout the rest of the country and overseas.”
“Mike is happy to spend money and that’s what we are doing.” “We are spending money on the academy. This summer we spent £2M on kids who we feel should be doing well in the future.”
“Obviously we have to support our first team, but three or four years down the road some of the talent we have got in is fantastic.” “We’re very excited that they’ll make it and become part of the Newcastle United family.”
“We’ve spent money on the backroom staff of £1M. That will increase with the foundation and the centres of excellence as we grow.” “And we see our future with bringing in both home grown and international players.”
“We have got Haris Vuckic who everybody is very excited about.” “He could be an absolute star.”
Certainly everybody seems to be excited by midfielder Vuckic, and he could be one of the players, like James Milner at Leeds, or Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal, who start to play for the first team while he’s still a young teenager.
When Vuckic is playing for the U-18 side or the Reserves in Newcastle, we imagine quite a few Newcastle supporters will want to take a look at the youngster.
Newcastle has done very very well with youngsters over the last 12 months or so, but we still need to strengthen and expand our first team squad in the summer.