The young Newcastle Reserve team were hammered 5-1 by Leeds United in a behind closed door game against Leeds United at their Thorp Arch training ground, on Tuesday night.
Alan Thompson – in his playing days at Celtic
And it looks like Alan Thompson, our young Geordie coach, is not too pleased with the attitudes of a few of the young lads in the team.
Alan gave a candid interview on the Newcastle official site after the game:
“It’s a wake-up call,” “They are pushing for a level where they want to be but they will be playing against men this season.”
“If you don’t face up to that you will lose 5-1, like we did against Leeds.”
“If they learn from it, then great, but if they don’t and they get back into their BMWs and think they are Newcastle United footballers, then good luck to them.”
“They have to learn – one or two of them will, but whether they all will, I don’t know.” “We’re trying to help them and if they don’t want to take our advice, that’s up to them.”
One of the things you have to watch out for with youngsters, is that they get too big for their boots, and think they have aleady made it.
After all they are youngsters still growing up, but those are good and strong words from Alan, and of course he has the playing experience to know exactly what it takes to become a successful player. Alan played over 400 first class games in his successful playing career, which of course started at his home club, Newcastle.
Newcastle have already lost 6 players this summer with not one new player coming through the door yet, thanks to the antics of owner Mike Ashley, as he tries to sell the club for a second time.
But we do have a good bunch of youngsters at the club and this season, whatever happens, has to be an opportunity for some of them to show what they can do.
Tim Krul showed the way last Saturday, and others expected to break through this season including Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Kazenga LuaLua and maybe Nile Ranger, amongst others.
Sixteen year-old Slovenian striker Haris Vuckic, who turns 17 on Sunday, signed from NK Domžale in January, scored Newcastle’s goal to level the scores before former Darlington forward 27 year-old Trésor Kandol scored 4 times for the hosts.
Thompson used the 27-year-old as a warning to his own players after the game:
“Trésor Kandol came on and scored four goals and he can’t get anywhere near their first team,” “That tells you what our lads have to do if they want to make it.”
“They might think they’re professional footballers now, at 19 or 20 years old, but if they want to make a long career from the game they’re going to have to get used to coming up against players like that and be able to handle it.”
The last thing we want to hear is that the youngsters at the club do not have the right attitude, and under Richard Money and Alan Thompson we have every confidence the two of them will keep the youngsters’ feet firmly on the ground.