Brad Inman After First Team Squad Place At Newcastle

There’s no doubt that one of the only good things about Newcastle’s squad right now is the number of terrific youngsters the Newcastle club has brought in over the last couple of years.

Bradden Inman

Brad Inman – urged to press for first team this season

Newcastle United Youth coach Alan Thompson has today challenged the Australian-born starlet Brad Inman, who has played for the Scotland U21 side, to win his senior debut during the coming season.

The 17-year-old, who is often compared to Real Madrid’s Kaka (that can’t be bad), has certainly impressed during Newcastle’s pre-season, and scored twice in the Reserves 3-1 win at Whitely Bay last month.

Inman, who has opted to represent Scotland at Under-19 level, presumably because it’s a lot closer to Newcastle than down under (good thinking), made the first-team bench once last season but was a regular in the Reserves midfield.

His Geordie mentor and Newcastle born and bred Alan Thompson, believes the youngster should be getting ready to challenge for a first team squad place next season:

Alan told the Newcastle official site today:

“Brad has to be positive this year and has to set his standards high,”

“He has chosen to represent Scotland so he has the international incentive this season as well.”

“But first and foremost he has to try and get in that first-team squad here at Newcastle.”

“The only way you’ll do that is by hard work but he’s certainly got the potential.”

Brad grew up in Redwood Park, Adelaide and started playing football at the age of just 6. He is the youngest of four children with sisters Caitlyn, 19, Jessica, 21 and Leighanne, 27.

His mother, Lorraine, was born in Scotland while the parents of his father, David, were born in England.

The fact that his mother Lorraine is Scottish qualifies him to play for Scotland, and when he was capped for the first time earlier this year, the Scots were very happy indeed.

Brad is just one of a number of teenagers who can be part of the first team squad this coming season, and those include Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar, Brad Inman, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Callum Morris, Shane Ferguson and Ryan Donaldson.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Wigaz

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope he does break in to the team. Everyone is waxing lyrically about Wilshire so it would be nice for us to have a young star of our own. Speaking as a Newcastle fan & a scot it would be double joy for me. I really do think the kids could brighten things up this season, I do remeber a lot of sceptics when Man U fielded a young team containing a certain Beckham, Scholes, P & G Neville & Butt. They got rid of ageing “Stars” & put faith in youth, didn’t turn out too bad for them did it? We must show faith in the kids & I’m sure they will repay us. Put it this way i’d rather have a 17 year old running his guts out for the team than a overpaid 29 year old who wishes he was back at Liverpool & cared more about England than he ever did NUFC.

  • Darling27

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2


  • AussieToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Play the damn kids!

    It is so obvious it is painful. They have so much class and skill compared to some of the older types, they will do a job and fight for us.

    Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger, Bradden Inman, Kazenga Lua Lua, Ryan Donaldson, Andy Carroll, Tamas Kadar, Tim Krul should all be in the senior squad. With Harper, Barton, Taylor, Enrique, Nolan, Duff, Smith and Ameobi leading the way and showing passion for the club we have the creative spark and buzz to be in contention.

    No doubt we need some more signings, but do not neglect the kids, they have the ability to take us far.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Ashley the George bush of football club owners

    (sorry George )

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    You cant win leagues with Kids!

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Calm down they call him kaka beacuse he looks like him nothing else

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    the media couldn’t get any farther up wilshires ass,
    no doubt they can’t wait to ruin his career!..

    …Let’s see Inman play from the bench a couple of times 1st, before we go makin’ rash claims about his prowess, huh?..

  • AussieToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Greame – No you can’t win the league with kids, but they can be a major part of the rise of Newcastle United. We have some good senior players that should be of quality in the Championship, add the zest and spark of the young kids we have and we can achieve success. We need some signings but we cannot neglect the kids we have, they are the future and have ability!

  • bill

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I remember the same sort of things being said about a lot of youngsters in the past at Newcastle. Most of them ended up at lower league clubs.
    Only one really made the grade, and that was Paul Gascoigne.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Didn’t hansen once say: “ya’ win nowt with kids”!..
    …& was proved wrong!..

    …Just an example, like!..

  • AussieToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #12

    bill – It is all how you nurture the kids…

    We need to treat them as our future and I am sure of what we have seen from them, they will not let the club down, not like these bloody mercenaries that do not care.

  • bill

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Punk Skunk:

    It happens once in a lifetime – winning things with kids – ManU did it with a fantastic bunch of kids but they still had the likes of Keane, and Cantona as well as a very good defence to help them. Oh, and of course, a team in front of them that bottled it!

  • dave 1961

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    so that’s why they have kept the buyer secret, it would be a mike Ashley cracker, don’t think he would attend many games though.

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    We cannot get promoted with kids alone…they need to be nurtured into the first team with experience like Nolan and Barton. We can’t just chuck them in at the deep end and expect them to do the job in such a physical league. Man Utd didnt just shove a load of youngsters in there first and then all of a sudden have a great team.

  • bill

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Exactly right, and throwing them into the deep end is not the way to do it. Kids need to go into teams that are confident, with players who will help them out. I don’t see any of this at Newcastle at the moment. Who do you see in that team that could help kids develop?

    If there was a Rob Lee or a David Batty, then yes, but where are they?

    The team we have at present frightens the life out of me. I know pre-season friendlies can be deceptive but when I saw them at Huddersfield I thought that we were terrible. It was much the same last season. We just cannot seem to create chances.

  • stevep

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Hmm – somebody already posted earlier this but I think they hit the nail on the head.

    Our last crop of good youngsters came to nowt

    Ross Gardner
    James Beaumont

    All played for England at youth level but ultimately couldn’t hack it at prem level – I’m all for blooding yougsters but chucking them all in together is a recipe for disaster – we just dont have experienced players who are good enough to bring them on so it’s more likely any chance they may have will be drained out of em


    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    What little optimism I had left has diminished. We’ll still be in the same situation come january, managerless and mid table at best.

    F^&K YOU MIKE ASHLEY !!!!!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    They way to look at it is this:

    At some point if the sale aint gonna happen before the close of the transfer window then MA will HAVE to make a decision about a manager and transfers.

    The problem is I cant see anyway out of this black cloud which has decended on our team.

    Someone please give us some hope to cling to!!

  • yemozone

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21

    We have to start using the youngsters now. This is an opportunity to start from the scratch.

    We have always been looking forward to winning a title every season by signing players but it got us into the championship.

    Championship is a place 4 the young players, so they should be given their opportunity.

  • Doocey

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Not much of a surprise that nothing has happened, although there’s still time.
    Quite frankly I don’t tryst the Chronicle anymore but we’ll just have to see.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    You may be right bill, but we have some senior players in there that will protect the kids.

    Taylor, Nolan, Barton, Smith, Harper are imposing figures and in the Championship should be at a high level of players.

    The pre season is all about weeding out the cobwebs from the system, when the big time starts these guys should come to the fore. I have no doubt that these guys mentioned who have all played at the highest levels can reproduce their best this season.

    You are right we lack some attacking talents, I think our best attacking options lie with the kids in Carroll, Lua Lua, Inman and Baheng. These guys added to the first team can produce something for us, we need to keep believing.

    There is nothing else to do mate but keep the faith and support the boys. I do not want to hear anything about the takeover till it is official, I am over it, I want to concentrate on the good, after the weekend with what happened to Sir Bobby I came to realise just how special he is and what a great club we really are. This club is built on the fans and the people and we just have to maintain the positivity to keep the club stabalised to become that power we deserve to be. The kids are a massive part of all of it and everything that comes out from their mouths is they want to be part of this club. I want to support that!

    Let’s not forget they have talent also 😉

  • Stuart79

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Too expensive, turnover too low, expenditure too high, £40m overdraft, £100m loan outstanding, no manager and relegation from the Premier League.

    Does anyone wonder why Ashley is struggling to sell the club?

  • ToonRich

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    @ comment #6, belfast toon, have you seen Inman play…he certainly has the flair and confidence to be compared to Kaka – ok not quite as good, but definately would be an improvement on Butt/Nolan in our midfield.

  • boater

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Aussie Toon, Wigaz, etc…

    Ah man… the cliched angle De Jour to be repeated AD NAUSEUM. ‘The kids will save us’.

    With all due respect you are all getting pumped up about the ‘mercenary dead wood’ blah blah,, and here are these mini-Peles who will come in and see off the grand-dads like a small group of Roy of The Rovers… this will all be presided over by Alan Shearer.

    So you want 17 year olds you HAVE READ ABOUT who haven’t kicked a competitive ball for the 1st team yet to populate the side… and a manager with NO experience (aside from overseeing the final act of our relegation).

    When things are bad at the toon – and yes things ARE very very bad – you just re-assert your whimsical geordie-nation fantasies… we will sink further down.

    Some kids may come good this season when introduced gradually into an effective, tactically sound first team set-up- ace ! love it… let’s not start getting all giddy about them being our saviours en masse now.

  • ToonRich

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #27

    AussieToon, I agree we need to have some belief in the youngsters…give them a chance to blend with the seniors and I think we’d have a very good mix of experience with the fresh gung-ho approach given by the youths.

  • Obafan

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #28

    I cannot get excited anymore. Even if this kis is the new Pele; if a club is in a position like NUFC roght now, it is sad. No matter which club it is. Having an owner who does nothing anymoe after getting the team in this situation because of his own mistakes; it is very sad.

    The saddest thing of all is that they promised (was it in December?) they made lots of mistakes by not informing the fans what happenned at the club. They promised to not make that mistake again and look after that statement they told less than before.

    What a situation?

  • hitman

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #29

    i reckon theres only 1 bid in to buy the club and thats from FFS. i might be wrong like.

  • boater

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Aussie Toon – I can’t believe I am reading you saying ‘the kids WANT to play for the club…. yeah right they do now… what happens when they get a good run and then want to leave to either a more glamourous region or even a higher placed side?

    You will be saying ‘ ah damn you mercenaries… well we don’t want you here ANYWAY! ha… let’s get the next kids generation in… they LOVE the toon’.

    Also… also this Fergusons’s babes generation.
    You are referring to one of the very rare times that a young crop came along together at once – this is 1 in a hundred stuff and is COMPLETELY dependent on having an exceptional manager, coaching and atmosphere at the club which is conducive to development of youth…

    we are a ramshackled mess of a club – full of fan recrimination and counter-productive whimsy about geordie saviours… like Shearer, saving us.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #31

    The sale could take six months/ the sale is iminent…. Can anyone please tell me what the fcuk is going on!!! This is a shambles Ashley is a bastird

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #32

    If any of the kids are good well sell them in January anyfcukinway wake up!!! wer being robbed!!!

  • hitman

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #33

    there is only 1 man interested in buying the club , thats why ashley is dragging his knuckles coz he dosnt want to sell to him.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #34

    I agree hitman and I’d have ten FFA over one Ashley

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #35


  • stevep

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #36

    There’s obviously no one in for the club other than FFS who’s bid about 50 million – we’re screwed


    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Time for some positivive thinking.

    Only a few days left before the season starts, geddinnnn!

    Remember when the Toon were in the old second division, some “kids” did pretty well for us then. I’m sure we will soon be seeing the new Beardsleys Waddles and Gascoigns emerging all over again – brilliant or what!

    I’m so looking forward to playing QPR as well.
    The last time I was at Loftus Road, Newcastle were 4 – 0 up at half time, what a result that was. The game finished 5 – 5. Typically, Newcastle just went to pieces. This time though, we’ll beat them 8 – 0 ………. EASY!

    It’s going to be hard but the Championship is still a brilliant league to be in. Honestly, I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks Mike*

    *I’m still going to kill him like…

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!!

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Think the key is balance , we need a balance of youth and experience , i feel the likes of kadar ranger lualua are very capable of making the step esp at championship level but senior players like duff taylor nolan etc need to show leadership on the pitch,

    Think we need to improve up fron as the lads we have left carrol ameobi and ranger are big lads and i think we need a bit more pace upfront

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #39

    How is only a few days till the season starts a good thing wer fcuked worse off than last season and now we don’t have a manager wer fcuked!!!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Lets hope it is FFS. Then we can sign John Inman and Mrs Slokam’s pussy.


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