Alan Pardew Fully Focused On Newcastle Youngsters


Alan Pardew will have some work to do this summer, as he will need to decide which youngsters to give extended contracts to.

20 year-old Matthew Grieve – out with a broken cheek-bone at the moment

It turns out that 19 year-old midfielder Michael Richardson, 19 year-old England youth international Ryan Donaldson, who is currently on loan at Hartlepool and has appeared in 5 games, and 20 year-old Ashington-born defender Matthew Grieve, are all out of contract in the summer.

Grieve received a very severe facial injury when he smashed his cheekbone last month, while out on loan at Stockport County, where he played only 3 games.

But the 6’3″ local defender is hoping to return before the end of the season, to stake his claim to get another contract at Newcastle.

Newcastle’s  Reserve team game last week with Manchester United was postponed, because of a water-logged pitch at Whitley Park, and the next game is when Newcastle face Arsenal on March 9th, which is next Wednesday  at St James’ Park.

Pardew talked today about his focus on the youngsters on Tyneside:

“I do not have a problem with focusing on some of the younger players.” “I have a lot more time to do that now.”

“We had the Man United game canceled because of the surface last week, but there are games coming up.”

Phil Airey and Tamas Kadar could well both be sent out on loan again next season, and while Kadar is at Huddersfield right now, he is sidelined with a groin injury, and has only played once for the club now managed by former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark.

Alan is also aware of just how well James Tavernier is performing at Gateshead, where he’s already appeared 13 times so far:

“I know James is doing terrific with Gateshead.” “He has a real chance of threatening the squad next year.”

The games that James Tavernier is getting at Gateshead right now will do him the world of good, and James, along with Shane Ferguson, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar and Haris Vuckic are probably the young players who are closest to the first team at the moment.

However, we do expect that Haris Vuckic will be sent out on loan too and definitely early next season, and maybe for the rest of this season, because the Slovenian U21 International needs some games to further his development.

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58 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    my mate is starting a newcastle blog ill post a link up come and sign up to discuss all things nufc
    http://thetruenufcblog.webs.com/apps/blog/

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Mar 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    .

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    what about kezenga

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  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    LuaLua broke his leg when at Brighton.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    xXl NUFC lXx, I’m not quite sure what your trying to say?

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  • Ezedoesit

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m kind of tired of hearing about the younger players. Our “next great youngster” seems to always fail to meet our early high expectations. Carrol exceeded expectations but I don’t think anyone rated him that highly prior to last season. I’m still waiting to see more of Vuckic but I’m no longer thinking we have a future world beater on our hands.

    Check out this funny video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL8uOqYo_00&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    xXl NUFC lXx you make more sense than some wingers on this sit do
    HWTL

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  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    lol gg

    i reckon 3-6 month loans for tavernier, vuckic, airy and krul. maybe send krul and vuckic together to a championship club or maybe celtic(give forster a chance) and send airy and tavernier to league 1 while letting fergy and lua lua fight it out on the bench. and then loans can be extended if they are still not needed.

    not sure about the likes of grieve really but i suppose cb’s can develop quite late at times.

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  • supervil

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    With fans like Ezedoesit… I wonder why players don’t succeed? Jeeeeeesus. Pessimistic or what?

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    xXl NUFC lXx – or are you a public relations spokesman for ashley?

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 2, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    supervil – why don’t you follow xXl NUFC lXx ‘s example!
    HWTL

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  • supervil

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    What you on aboot? I was trying to be optimistic ye knacka.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    supervil – sorry mate, I meant Ezedoesit not you, – please put it down to a “senior moment” and I’ll go for a lie down

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  • supervil

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Haha! Fair enough fella!

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    What would make this story much more interesting would be if we were given data about how many “home-grown” lads each EPL team have on the pitch or bench each week. Then we could compare how well NUFC is doing in finding and developing talent. I get the sense that NUFC is working on improving the academy, and will be happy to see more lads developed into EPL quality players in the near future.

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  • ginkoh

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t expect all of our youngster can develope into 1st team but I will be over the moon if we have another 1 or 2 local lads in our 1st team.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    yea aknow kezenga is injured but due bk soon aint he n pardew has said he rates him

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Vuckic to replace Guthrie, Kadar to replace Sol, Kazenga to replace Raylor. I can definitely see those 3, along with Ferguson, on the verge of the 16-man matchday squad next season. That’s my take, at least.

    Pardew will have a few selection headaches, after a few signings have been made. What formation to play? Forster, either play him or he’ll want to go out on loan again, but can you omit Harps? I don’t think you can. Where do you play your most gifted player, Ben Arfa? Plus many more things to chew over.

    It’s a sign of a healthy team, so I’m glad. 🙂

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  • supervil

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    @coolcatcarter89 – Vuckic is not on to be better than Guthrie next season. C’mon now. Guthrie’s only a young lad too, and he’s done OK. In fact, I’d put him at the head of the young lads pushing the first team.

    But I do agree with you on the whole. Good times!

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    @18 i agree with u there, then u have the likes of airey, inman, folan, taviner, dummit, richardson, moyo, adjei, spear, knight, mogwo and many more comming through the future is bright

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    vukic isnt ahead of guthrie but gosling is and thats the reason guthrie will be on his way in the summer, now i kno some of u dont see it yet but vukic is gonna be a superstar

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  • cartoonie

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I reckon we pull Kazenga back from loan for next season, he obviously has big potential and is spoken very highly of the brighton crowd. Would be a good player to have on the bench and give 20 mins at the end of a game when HBA + whoever else is going to be out winger arent having the best of days.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23

    kezengas loan has finished now so he could play this season once fit

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  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    i saw vuckic do a pass against arsenal and fair enough arsenal just managed to intercept this pass but it was like something that only players like xavi pull off, i saw his talent there ironically in a pass he didnt manage to succeed with but it was very close to setting up a chance and it was a lovely kind of driven early cross that had loads of swerve on it.

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  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25

    i thought guthrie looked very good when he was given a decent run for bolton and last season for us, so i wouldnt write him off just yet as he still has a way to go yet as not every player is like a wayne rooney or an anelka, lighting up the pl at 18.

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  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26

    ireland just beat ebgland in the cricket.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27

    vukic is the best youngster we have id even put him ahead of ranger he is that good am telling u

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  • Sinner

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Would be good if Pardew use this formation if Barton is out for the everton game:

    …………………Harper………………….
    Simpson….Willo….Colo….Enrique
    ………….Nolan……..Tiote……………
    Mcloven…………………………..Jonas
    …………………..Ireland………………..
    ……………….Best………………………..

    Our best shot would be to use Ireland as an attacking midfielder and Mcloven as a winger. 🙂

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  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Forgot about Gosling actually

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  • john_cena163

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Ireland 329-7 dammmmmmm.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #31

    if barton is fit would u go 2 up top still or play both ireland n barton i would perefer ireland n barton with best n nolan just off him, gotta feeling though it will be shola n best up front on sat

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  • steburnip

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #32

    A really don’t see the big fuss about vukic!
    If he is that good why has he never got into the team?

    He is just another player with potential?

    Every time I see him play looks nothing special,

    And too even mention him in the same sentence has xavi hahahah!

    Get real,

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #33

    vukic is only 18 n never been giving a chance, i think thats the one thing that will change under pardew, if he aint any good why do chelsea, manu, ac milan n real madrid constently have him watched

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  • bigdan1980

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    nice one lewman, i done a flick while having a kickabout with the bairn, the likes of which only bergkamp could pull off, to be fair i fell flat on my arse i could be the next big thing i reckon. boooom!

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  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    i compared a single pass and you think i am compairing players steburnip, and when xavi was vuckic’s age he was playing in the b team in the spanish 3rd league and i doubt you even knew he existed.

    young players dont just suddenly become world beaters after a few carling cup and reserve games.

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  • tjshawsey

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #36

    With the current squad, I would rather play 4-5-1 tha 4-4-2. However, I would imagine Pardew will stick to 4-4-2, and Guthrie will come in on the right if Barton is not fit with Ireland on the Bench.
    But if he is fit I would like to see:
    ———–Tiote———
    Barton-Ireland-Jonas
    ———–Nolan———
    ———–Best———–

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  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #37

    you obviously dont know what im talking about big dan as i am talking about a combination of great technique and vision not ball juggling skills.

    maybe i dont word things in a way that sarcastic cynical people who like to try and make smart arse remarks on blogs can understand.

    if you go and watch players like gerrard and xavi, you will notice they spot people in dangerous areas and if you watch what part of their feet they sometimes use when passing the ball, you will notice that not many players are able to do these kind of things.

    my point was that vuckic seems like he might just have that particular skill but i dont know if he has the movement of these players as i havent seen enough of him in big games and he has to learn to be aware of where his team mates will be at all times and this takes playing time with those team mates to learn.

    i dont feel like i should need to write a story for every comment i make but it seems like with some people on here i do.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    For me, Guthrie is a liability. Good passer, very little else to his game. If you could sythensize Guth, Raylor and Smith together, we’d have a player worth keeping.

    Vuckic hasn’t had a chance to shine, he’s renowned as a hot prospect. Need to remove players like the aforementioned three, in order for him to get more opportunities to demonstrate his talent.

    Cheick, Joey, Nolan, Gosling, Vuckic – I’d be happy to begin next season with those CMs.

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  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Vuckic certainly has the potential and ability, he just needs the experience. He’s calm on the ball, has big, wide eyes so obviously that means impeccable vision – I heard that even owls are jealous.

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  • bigdan1980

    Mar 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    christ lewman, didnt know how sensitive you were to a bit of sarcasm, i shall refrain in future! p.s which are the best tampons on the market in your opinion? x

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