The crown jewels at Newcastle are the many very talented youngsters we have signed over the last couple of years, and now the big money earners, and under-achievers will be leaving the club, we expect some of the youngsters to be given their chance in the first team next season.
Richard Money – Newcastle Academy Director
Richard Money, the Newcastle Academy Director, who thankfully is still at the club, talked about this today with the Newcastle Journal, as he said:
“It is obviously difficult at this time because there is no manager and no owners at the club and it depends on what the investment policy is,”
“But the thing that we have got at this club is some very good talent aged between 17 and 19 and given the chance, I believe they will prove they are good enough.”
“The likes of Ranger, Ferguson, Brad Inman – they are playing international football which suggests that they will be able to push on very quickly next season, and it obviously helps those players that we are in the Championship next season.”
“It may be too early for some players, but we have made significant progress with these guys over the last 12 months. And there is another group just below them who I believe show the potential to be even better.”
“It is obviously a situation that none of us wanted and we want to be back in the Premier League as soon as possible. But it is a fact that managers are more prepared to throw young players in lower down the leagues, and they may get their chances.”
The most buzz has surrounded 18 year-old Nile Ranger, whom we signed from Southampton last summer, and the England under-19 striker has looked very good when playing for the England U19 side. In fact he’s looked very good indeed, and seems an exciting player.
And of course the youngster was signed up on a long term contract at the end of last season, and seems to just love it at the club and on Tyneside. It’s probably true that if Newcastle could have avoided relegation, Alan Shearer would have given Nile his Newcastle debut, as he was on the bench once or twice at the end of the season.
And certainly Shearer seemed to be very impressed with the 18-year-old talents when he took over, hinting that he was not far away from being involved with the first team.
Richard will become a very important cog in the Newcastle wheel, when we do put even more emphasis on youth development at the club, and he added some words on Nile Ranger:
“Personally I think he will handle it if he is called up,” “Everything that we have asked of him, he has done without too much hassle.”
“He is one player who could come in and made an impact very quickly, I believe. He certainly has the necessary quality and playing and scoring for his country illustrates that.”
With the club essentially in limbo until a new owner is named, Money will need to work with Chris Hughton with the first team, as well as handling the youngsters on Wednesday.
Richard thinks highly of Alan Shearer, and we have to hope that if Alan does come in finally as manager, we’ll increase the youth focus at Newcastle, under the guidance of Money.
One of the things Alan said was that he wanted to ensure local lads were not allowed to slip through the net, as he and many others have done over the years.
Just for the record we have Krul, Forster, Kadar, Tozer, Inman, Vuckic, Ferguson, LuaLua, Ranger and Adjei all coming through at the club, and we expect three or four of these lads to make an impact next season.