We may be wrong on this one, and that wouldn’t be a surprise we know, but we have a gut feeling that Chris Hughton is quietly confident about Newcastle’s very small squad, but only because he sees so many top youngsters at the club, who are only too keen to help the cause if and when they get their chance this season.
Haris Vuckic – fantastic potential for the 6’2″ midfielder
You’ve just got to look at Nile Ranger and how the lad’s looked in his two successive games recently in the Carling Cup and on Monday night against a good Leicester City side.
Yes they still have a lot to learn of course, but Nile looked a tremendous prospect in the second half on Monday night – and certainly the TV commentators thought he looked very good indeed.
And the Geordie crowd gave the youngster exactly what he needed for that performance on Monday, when he ran his socks off for the cause – a standing ovation for his efforts – and no wonder this London lad loves the Newcastle club and the Newcastle area – it’s been like a fairy tale for him these last 12 months.
And the way he can hang in the air, waiting for those high ball is a sight to behold – how does he do that? 😀
And we’ll need to call it something – like the Ranger hang – or something, and at 6′ 2″ Nile will not be shoved around much either.
And we keep hearing great things about Haris Vuckic, who’s only just turned 17 last month, and Chris Hughton thinks he will play a part in the club’s promotion push, he’s already so good. At 16 he was already a Slovenian U19 International
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who made his first team debut in last week’s 4-3 Carling Cup win over Huddersfield Town – was also a late substitute in Monday night’s 1-0 win over Leicester.
It’s not a coincidence that Chris will keep bringing this lad on for some late action, in the next few games to give him some experience.
And the Slovenia Under-19 international as well as England U17 International and local lad Ryan Donaldson, have both been promised more opportunities this season, to help with the Newcastle promotion drive – which is job one for everybody associated with Newcastle this season.
As we’ve said Nile Ranger will get chances (many of therm we think), as well as 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua and 19 year old talented Hungarian Tamas Kadar, who’s looked very calm, comfortable and talented when he’s played for Newcastle.
Of course Tamas is good at left back too, as well as center back – just like Bassong was last season.
Caretaker boss Chris Hughton specifically talked about Haris Vuckic with the Shields Gazette this morning:
“If I look at the young lads who have been involved with us since day one of pre-season, Haris is the youngest.”
“We certainly feel the five lads (Ranger, Vuckic, Kadar, LuaLua and Dondaldon) will very much be around the first team for most of the season, whether they’re on the bench or making squads. “
“They’ll gain big experience this season. It’s important at a club like this. The situation we’re in, you’re certainly looking to produce your own.”
“It’s about them getting opportunities, and I’m quite certain they’ll get them.”
Chris is training with these lads every day, and has to have been impressed with what he’s seen – and we are also pleased that he’s not shy on giving the youngsters their chance.
If you are good enough – you are old enough.
In fact the best thing Ashley ever did was to start the Youth program a year last January, and we need to increase that and ensure we have scouts around the world, looking for top young talent.
And if that means employing a Dennis Wise type person to sign 6 top youngsters a year – so be it – but have him report to the the Newcastle manager, so we don’t have any of the nonsense we had a year ago.
Certainly Alan Shearer had talked about this when he was manager – building up the Youth Academy, and ensuring no top local youngsters get through the net – like Alan did to Southampton and Michael Carrick did to West Ham. Both were former Wallsend Boy’s Club players we may add.
These top current youngsters we have, and there’s more of them than we may realize, will be so motivated and inspired to help the Newcastle club back to the top echelons of English football – this season!.
Howay The Lads!!