Alan Pardew is looking to break the 40 points barrier before he gives some of the good youngsters at Newcastle a game.
James Tavernier – doing well on loan at Gateshead
After Shane Ferguson’s accomplished performance on Saturday, we are reminded again that we have some very good youngsters at the club who are coming through the ranks, but of course they need to play regularly in order to make the required improvements.
Asked whether he would play more young players during the run-in this is what Alan said today:
“I think that depends on the results,” “We’ve still got a bit of work to do, to make sure we’re safe and we want to finish as high as we can.”
“But I won’t hesitate with Ferguson like I did at the start of the Everton game, because I can see he will be very buoyed by his performance for us.”
“That’s good for us moving forward and it might even be good in terms of the next game, because if José doesn’t make it, he will definitely come into contention for starting the game.”
“I was genuinely impressed with the little cameo he had against Everton. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t put him on earlier.”
Ferguson has already had some impressive performances in the Carling Cup earlier in the season, and if Jose Enrique elects to stay at Newcastle, which seems to be up in the air at the moment, it could be that Shane could be shipped out on loan for the first half of next season, where he could certainly do a job for a Championship side.
We don’t know who will start at left back at Stoke if Jose doesn’t make it, but we’d much rather see a real left back there, like Shane, than playing Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson, James Perch or even Jonas Gutierrez out of position there. But Pardew may want some experience in that position, if Jose is still not fit for the Britannia Stadium.
Newcastle have never in the last four years signed an experienced cover for Jose at left back, and right now Shane seems to be his back-up, and we hope the lad is given his chance at Stoke, because he will not disappoint.
Tamas Kadar has played at left back for Newcastle, but he is currently injured with a hamstring pull, and is still presumably on loan at Huddersfield Town, although he has still made just a single appearance for Huddersfield.
And there are other youngsters doing well at Newcastle who are out on loan, including goalkeeper Fraser Forster at Celtic, right back James Tavernier at Gateshead and Ryan Donaldson at Hartlepool United.
Alan talked about the youngsters coming through on Tyneside:
“I see one or two young players who could do something,” “Tavernier out at Gateshead is doing particularly well.”
“I’d like to think that over the summer there are one or two youth team or development team players pushing to be in next season’s squad.”
“You hope they will make an impact and that will save us a lot of money and help add a good feeling to the club.”
19 year-old James Tavernier, who was born in Bradford, has already appeared twice in the Newcastle first team in competitive games, and has 15 appearances so far for Gateshead, and he can also play at center-back as well as at right back.
It seems that the Gateshead club could benefit greatly by taking one or two Newcastle youngsters each season on loan, since it is just over the river from Newcastle. They play in the Conference and were home to Darlington last night in a 2-2 draw, with Gateshead equalizing in injury time.
The best way to bring the youngsters through is certainly to send them out on loan to other clubs, until they are ready to fight for their starting positions on Tyneside, and we think we’ll see quite a number of the youngsters shipped out on loan in August.