Newcastle United academy coach and local lad Alan Thompson says there is some significant talent coming through the Newcastle Youth system.
Alan Thompson – while still playing at Celtic
Alan told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“The lads are on a good run and so are the Academy,” “It’s great at the moment.”
“We had a couple of first-year scholars playing in the reserves – under-17 level players.” “There were under-18s and we had a schoolboy on the bench in Aaron Spear.”
“That’s what Newcastle United should be about.” “We want to get young lads through and at some stage into the first team.”
Fifteen-year-old Spear, was signed from Plymouth Argyle at the start of the season, by Dennis Wise, after beating off competition from Arsenal for the highly rated player.
But Newcastle are also bringing a lot of local lads through the system such as Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger and Fraser Forster, all of them born and bred in the region, and all right now trying to establish themselves at the senior level.
Newcastle of course also have a world scouting system in place, to track top youngsters around the world, and the club hopes to develop young stars like 16-year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic, 17 year-old Australian Brad Inman and 18 year-old Brazilian striker Caio Ferreira.
“Middlesbrough have been doing it and have some good young players.” “That’s what we need to strive to achieve.”
“It’s about local lads getting into the first team.”
The Youth System, under the guidance of Richard Money, has been one of the most exciting parts of the Newcastle club since Mike Ashley took over, and since last January the club has signed around 12 top youngsters.
Some of these lads will soon be pressing for a place in the first team, and not only will the strategy ensure we have a constant supply of good young players coming through the club, but it will also save the club millions and millions in transfer fees.
It’s something the club should have invested in years ago, but better late than never.