Newcastle United are now very much dedicated to building from within and one job the club will have in the years ahead is to bring some of their younger players through into the first team.
Samuel Adjei – 18 year-old will get chance next season
Some of the players form last season’s successful U18 side will be given first team squad numbers for next season and officially be part of the squad.
The five youngsters we understand will be involved in the first team squad are Slovenian 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, 18 year-old Irish defender Stephen Folan, 18 year-old Australian-born midfielder Brad Inman, 18 year-old Swedish striker Samuel Adjei and 18 year-old Amble-born striker Phil Airey.
We also expect 19 year-old Kazenga LuaLua to spend some significant time out on loan next season.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle:
“It is up to them to push on now.” “Some of them will develop quicker than others, but it is now up to them to work hard.”
“You always might have a lad who comes back and looks different – they might have grown a bit quicker or filled out and they could be ready quicker than you expected.”
“It is their chance to push on and catch the eye.” “What we will do is assess the younger players in pre-season and see how they have progressed.”
And indeed some of these youngsters may be shipped out on loan to get some first team games at various times next season, as Chris Hughton and the Newcastle coaches lay out the individual plans to have them learn their trade well.
“Somebody like Haris will be very much part of the development squad which works underneath the first team.” “They have to work hard, because at some stage they might be part of a first-team squad.”
“Last season part of the development squad had opportunities at first-team level with Ryan Donaldson, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger and Tamas Kadar all involved at some stage.”
We know lots of Newcastle fans want the Newcastle club to bring in some big signings, but we think it’s great to see the younger players at Newcastle develop so well, as they come through the ranks and learn their trade.