The Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was able to name 23 senior players, two short of the 25-man limit, in Newcastle’s first team squad yesterday afternoon.
Chris Hughton – named 23 players for first-team squad
But to add to the 23 senior players named Chris has lots of youngsters under 21 on the first of January this year, who are also able to play for Newcastle, including Andy Carroll, Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger, Ryan Donaldson, James Tavernier and Tamas Kadar.
And we were very pleased to see the transfer-listed 24 year-old defender Steven Taylor, make the list, and it is understood the defender could be ready for first- team action by the end of the month, so that’s good news.
We also hope Steven signs his contract by then, and then the local lad can push for a first team place on Tyneside, maybe even at right back.
Both the Chronicle and Journal had reported there were rumors coming out of the club, that Steven could be omitted from the list, as a move to get him to sign the new contract – we are pleased that has not happened.
Only LuaLua (Brighton) and Fraser Forster (Celtic) of the youngsters at Newcastle have been loaned out to other clubs, and today Chris talked about the youngsters:
“When I look at the fringe group, lads like Ranger and Kadar are so close to the first team, they have a chance of playing.” “We have players like Brad Inman and Greg McDermott who are developing this season too.”
“Maybe Shane Ferguson and Ryan Donaldson are the type of players who are in the middle and need to go out on loan.” “We don’t need to make those decisions this week, we’ll look at it again. We don’t expect many more going out on loan, possibly one, maybe two.”
Hughton will need to ensure the youngsters at the club get games, and presumably we could see a couple of them loaned out to other clubs.
And when asked if we would keep faith in the players who knocked out Accrington in the last round, Hughton said:
“Very much so – the Carling Cup is a chance to give people games.”
But we cannot believe that means he will play a lot of youngsters at Stamford Bridge in three weeks time – surely not?
And forgotten 20 year-old defender Ben Tozer – who played for Leyton Orient during pre-season and was a budding star from Swindon when he was signed in January, 2008 – and young Italian striker Fabio Zamblera, who has now returned from his loan spell with Roma last season, seem to be two young players out in the cold at the moment on Tyneside.
“They’re still contracted. Ben’s been out pre-season to a couple of clubs. We have told him we would be prepared to let him go on loan.”
Certainly with all the top youngsters at Newcastle right now, the Newcastle manager has his hands full ensuring they get the games they need to develop into top players.
But there again Chris seems to have his hands full with lots of stuff at the club right now, but he continues to get the job done for the Newcastle club, and seems to be just thriving as Newcastle manager.
And maybe it’s not that surprising when players say he seems to be at the Newcastle club 24 hours a day.
You may have different opinions on Chris Hughton, but his work ethic is one of the best we’ve ever seen – and it rubs off on his players.