Newcastle Youngsters Can be Saviours For Magpies

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    ive seen tozer and vuckic and there not up to championship standard YET but the others imo are

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    The youngsters should have been given a chance last season when the first team was doing sweet FA.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s all hope these youngsters can cut the mustard when we jettison the parasitic prima donnas who have represented Newcastle United recently.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe thats part of the plan to use the second string? Just a theory.

    Well we got nowt else to go on have we?!

  • waddler

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    you have hit the nail squarely on its head, these boy’s are the future of our club and l am overjoyed to hear Shearer wants to stop loosing our best youngsters to other clubs, after all he was the biggest example of inept scouting.
    l think it is significant Money is still at the club and being mentioned as stepping up to help with first team duties until a new manager is brought in by our as yet to be announced new owner.
    The most significant thing you said was we must increase our youth development programme and l strongly concur with that, in fact it is the most important aspect the club and its supporters need to understand.
    It is nonsense going out and buying and wasting money on players when you can develop them with the right mentality and as importantly commitment to each other and the club.

  • chuck

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Hmmm, you really think so ?
    Dont think these guys are ready yet, though they should be blooded, as the Championship is not exactly the PL in terms of quality.
    It`s more physical than technical, where young legs can make a difference.
    Does`nt look like the supposed clearout is going well, though what do I know !
    It certainly would`nt bother me if 90% of the playing staff left, like to hang onto the defensive pair of Taylor and Bassong, plus Beye, the rest can go for whatever we can get for them.
    Problem is most are on big money, which makes it difficult unless we let them go cheap.

  • chuck

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Sure it would be nice if we could developr our future teams through the youth system, with some local youngsters comming through.
    Unfortunately that is no longer possible, look at Arsenal , Man. U., L`pool, all known for their youth developement.
    How many not only local but UK players are presently playing on these teams ?
    The PL has become a group of teams consisting of many of the wolds best player, attracted by the monies it generates, all of which are mercenaries.
    So if we want to play in the Championship on a permanent basis, go with the youth developement plan.
    If you want a successfull PL team, first find a buillionaire (not MA) owner who has ambitions and spend some ridiculess amount of dosh recruiting the best talent available.
    Unfortunately that I believe is the reality of the situation, unless of course the PL institutes some sort of salary cap.

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said Hugh Jorgan. I think the experience of the Coca Cola for these youngsters may be just the bloodying needed to mature them in a push for promotion. We still need some more experienced quality in the team – up to Shearer hopefully. Is this going to be revelations week – and I am not talking biblical catastrophe either.

  • Nick D

    Jun 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed I’ve been saying this for ages but just get dog’s abuse. I would give all these youngsters a go.

    I do believe most people are sick to death of the Butt’s Duffs, Nolans, Geremis, Smiths, Bartons et al who have bled this club dry for huge wages in return for an absolutely sickening minimal amount of effort and one paced lack of quality.

    If it was good enough for Manu to start again with the class of 93 or whenever it started with their batch of youngsters, so should it be for us now in 2009.

    Have to disagree with Ryan Toon, Vuksic is the real deal hence the interest from Manu and Real Madrid, enough said.

    Of course all of them might not make it, but I well remember a certain youthful Beardsley waddle and Gascoigne, who when given the chance rose to the challenge.

    If we never give these guys a go we will never know will we. How on earth could they do worse than our so called experienced players like Butt, Smith, Duff and Viduka who have got relegated twice now and are a recipe for disaster.

    We have some absolute gems that somewhere down the line a Newcastle manager has to give a chance to.

    Krul / Forster / Soderberg.

    Tavernier Edgar Kadar Tozer

    Lua Lua Inman Vuksic Ferguson

    Ranger Spear / Adjei / Donaldson / Carroll.

    If there are any Allardyce fans left – he could have signed Elano and Arshevin, but no, we got Smith and barton. That just about sums up the gross mismanagement of this once great club.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m looking forward to seeing the progress of spear, ranger and ngo baheng although his injury was unfortunate as he seemed to be hiting the heights of a possible call up to the first team… we have a few potential gems and we must ensure we look after these kids and bring in a few more local lads and i think we’ll be on the right road….

  • Macas35

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Nick D – I’m not an Allardyce fan but he was looking to sign Arshavin – then Ashley sacked him.

  • Sav

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    If there’s no money to do anything other to go with youngsters and thsi means we sre 2 or 3 seasons in the Championship, then is Shearer the best man to bring them on slowly, and will he be under too much pressure from the media as well as the fans for a quick turnaround?


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