Hughton Upbeat Because Of Newcastle’s Great Youngsters?


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.

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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!!



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29 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    yes kids are great if introduce in the right games

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  • nimo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    i might sound Like iv a screw Loose but i dont think the transfer window was a totaL disaster. fair enough we’ve Lost 11 pLayers but regarding the situation the cLub is in with a owner ho is bLeeding us for every Last penny he can, i dont think we’ve done too bad. i wouLd of Liked to see more peopLe waLk through the door even if just on Loan to cover are thin squad but as chris said we can get 3 more in next week for 3month so that covers us to january by which we wiLL hopefuLLy be soLd. the onLy pLayer i didnt want to Loose was stevie T and carroLL and thats cos there 100% committed to giving everything to the cLub

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  • Rangerman

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ve still got the best squad in the Championship IMO, if we can get someone in on loan to cover centre back then I’m not too worried.

    We’ve got some good young lads but we’ve also got someone experienced players which make a good mix.

    I’ve got to say I felt quite proud of the club against Leicester when we introduced all of those young lads from the bench, the future looks bright in that area for a change.

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  • DJG

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    When the injuries kick in we will see what these guys are made of.

    We know how good Ranger is. I can’t wait to see Vuckic play a whols half or something because he is supposed to be absolute class and he certainly bangs them in regularly for the reserves.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed Harrison

    Good article…

    …The Ranger Hang??? haha

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  • DJG

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed,

    Have we signed any more young players this summer or has that stopped now?

    It would be a shame because there is a steady flow of them now filling up the first team bench.

    Krul, LuaLua, Ranger and Vuckic in particular look very good prospects.

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  • havanaclue

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #7

    off topic,but gutted ,was supposed to go to a sportsmans dinner tonight in Hebburn to meet one of my heroes “Gazza” and hes just let everyone down by flying off to Mallorca on a bender ..TW%T!!!!!!!!

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #8

    DJG

    I expect two more to come throught the door. Definately a CB. I hope the second loanee is a LW/LB, but i have a feeling it will be an out and out midfielder.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    we cant afford scouts as we are still paying wise 20,000 a week to sit at home, well we could not sack onr of Llambias’s mates could we

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  • nimo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    off topic but at huddersfieLd game i was sat in directors box, was 4 seats away from my idoL p. beardsLey

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  • Partizan

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Dragonera….Been busy mate,,,done with Carnival Cruise Lines after 7 years of hard work as a Headwaiter and got a great job as a commercial manager here in my hometown Skopje.

    Been on the blog from time to time but not as much as before……what happened with Tom Toon?
    He’s been gone for months.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know about the ranger hang, but he definitely stays up like he is Niled there 😉

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    As Rodz might say: “The kids are alright”!..

    …Are lookin’ in Rodz?..

    …We’ll keep the blog warm ’til you’re allowed back mate!..
    🙂

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  • geordiedingo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #14

    the Hovva Ranger….?

    we can call Joey the Bovva Ranger as well

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  • Alex

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Every one keeps saying we lost 11 players but , when you consider the list of 11 how many will we really miss Owen , Viduka where continually injured and on massive wages . Duff never really got going while he was here and the less said about cacapa the better . Of the 11 players only Beye & Bassong will be missed . The youngsters we now have are hungry to prove themselves and will add more to the side than most of those now gone . Yes we could do with a couple more loan signings , but the team on the whole have improved just by getting rid of the money grabbers .

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  • geordiedingo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #16

    if he gets any higher he could join the Nile High Club…

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  • geordiedingo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    the Flew Nile

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  • geordiedingo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #18

    or in the original Nike font

    Nile Air Max…. just do it

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Alex
    exactly what I was thinking mate. And if you add the serially injured players like Martins, Smith, Barton Xisco and Gonzalez to those you mentioned we never ever had a decent squad to choose from. So we aren’t much worse off this season. Still hate Ashley though.

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  • toonarmy1986

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I think getting relegated is starting to look like a blessing in disguise because lets be honest there is no way the kids would of got a chance in the premiership so these kids are now getting a chance to shine and gain experience and will be better players for it. So when we get back into the premiership they will be ready made for it which could lead to us having a much better side in the premiership.

    We still need to strengthen though but I’m not concerned for one second with playing the kids.

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  • Partizan

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Alex….that is why he had to replace at least half of those players,,thumbs up for releasing them though.

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  • Partizan

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Eden Hazard all the way,,he could be the new CR7 imo….why not ours 😉

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQTyv2oh5AA&feature=fvst

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  • Rangerman

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Have we signed any more young players this summer or has that stopped now?

    It would be a shame because there is a steady flow of them now filling up the first team bench.

    ……..

    We haven’t signed any youngsters since Wise left as far as I know.

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  • CLOIN

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #24

    THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND TIME THAT I HAVE POSTED ON THIS SITE.YOU CAN TELL THAT MOST OF U HAVE NEVER PLAYED A FULL SEASON OF FOOTBALL IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE OF ALL THE DRIVELL THAT YOU POST.THIS SQUAD IS AT LEAST 6 EXPERIENCED PLAYERS SHORT,IN ORDER TO LAST A FULL SEASON.YOU CAN NOT AND SHOULD NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO RELY ON YOUNG BOYS ,BEFORE THEY ARE READY AND HOUGHTON KNOWS THIS,UNFORTUNATELY HE IS BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO FROM ABOVE.ASHLEY IS ONLY DOING WHAT HE HAD TO DO BECAUSE OF THE MESS LEFT BY HALL AND SHEPHERD,HE WILL NOT SPEND ANOTHER PENNY BAILING OUT NUFC.YOU WILL BE LUCKY IF THEY BRING ANOTHER 2 PLAYERS IN ON LOAN.EXPECT MID TABLE AND YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

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  • maximus

    Sep 2, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Cloin, did you leave the caps lock on ….

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  • Jeff D

    Sep 2, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #26

    CLOIN,
    That isnt what most are saying on here. they are saying that the youngsters will get the odd oppertunity. No one is saying that the clubs season is resting on them. This season is a learning curve for them. an excellent chance for them to evolve.

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 2, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27

    jeff,
    mate don’t enter into it with cloin, they obviously didn’t read what was wrote, or, at best selected what to read, then shouted some stuff at everyone!..
    …Not an auspicious entrance!..

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  • OHurley

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Punk-

    Well said m8… Cloin may have played a full season of footy, but obviously never learned to read…

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  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 3, 2009 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #29

    I think the team is looking good. We have several excellent keepers, shall we call it a competitive central midfield with Barton / Nolan and Smith who seems to be the real thing as captain, take your pick from Ranger big Andy or Shola up front and we have a strong spine supported by very talented youngsters, players getting forward, goals across the team, and not least an excellent team spirit now we have got rid of the backsliding mercenaries. We even seem to be getting tactics right. I am cautiously optimistic.

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