Alan Pardew Wants To Push Youngsters Through At Newcastle


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.

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16 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    is it pardews way of tellin us we aint gettin much of cashleys money??

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    We could use Gateshead as a feeder club the conference is just as good as Div 1 & 2 in the league

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    The Mixed messages we are recieving are smazing. Loads of money to spend/not……going for strong finish/avoiding relegation…http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=209

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  • Drona

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    “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.”

    I think this is the most f***d up thing he can ever say. He wants to use academy players in first team without strengthening the squad? We won’t have any dept if we don’t spend. So, it’ll be Carroll all over again. Develop > Sell > Promise to spend > Bring in academy players which means no need to spend money coz we all know our academy is good > sell rinse repeat. Worrying signs ahead

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  • Drona

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice way to avoid spending money.

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  • G

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like to think reading between the lines, the message that AP is trying to convey is directed at the first team regulars. I hope he is just trying to motivate the half squad that couldn’t be bothered against Everton that there are other players waiting in the wings. At least, that’s what I hope he is trying to convey?

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew is, was and ever will be a press performing puppet. We are a being fashioned into a trophy-free mid-table premiership money making machine, a model that has suited previous owners for decades. What the hell else do you expect from this club under Ashley, ambition?

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    No, I strongly disagree! We should learn from past errors and build from our roots upwards with youngsters – and with an established policy we will attract the best.
    We can then add to this by signing key players to complete the balance of the team (the wise old 2 in 2 out policy that shankley used).
    I remember Jack Charlton saying all this years ago (a team of and from the geordie nation he described it) and leaving in disgust when the board would not back him.
    But it does not save money! It is very expensive so don’t accuse them of lack of investment!
    HWTL

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  • Stuart

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    We have one of the best youth academys in the world, or at least have one with many players showing great potential, of course he’s going to want to break them into the first team, its got nothing to do with the money we have.

    If we didnt and just spent money on the first team and ignored the youth we’d be as bad as manc el citeh.

    Think about it this way, say in the 2013 we need a new LB (probably will sooner like but nevermind) and Shane Ferguson is just about ready to make the step up to regular first team games.

    Would you rather spend 5-10m on another lb, or do you bring him through and have that money to spend elsewhere.

    Some people are so short sighted.

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  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree supermac and stuart. The conspiracy theorists are out in force on here again. No matter what the article is about, some people will turn it into a negative, even though a strong youth squad is, and always has been a huge plus point for any club.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Markaccus & Stuart – sensible voices. All is not well, but we appear to have a good plan, lets hope we stick to it. I would love to follow a team built on our young lads to success rather than a revolving door of mercinaries.
    HWTL

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  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Like the man u team of the late 90s. Had big stars, but also many home grown excellent players.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    “I see one or two two young players who could do something”.
    Not a great vindication or amount of enthusiasm for our much vaunted Academy is it?
    The problem at the Toon and always has been is that young players rarely get a long run in the team to show their worth.
    Ranger is a prime example as we’d rather sign and play a big donkey has been up front.
    Is Ferguson the next one because you can bet your bottom dollar that if Enrique goes some replacement left back will come in and the kid won’t get a chance.
    If they are as good as we’re led to believe they have to be given a chance or we may as well go back to Kevin’s days when we scrap the reserve team completely.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t think of anyone who would not want a solid youth academy. Indeed I suggested after the sale of AC that half on that money should be ploughed into the academy to ensure it was the best in Britain, as it was the academy that surely deserved it most. However, it is a long term investment (as SBR recognised) and cannot supply the whole team. Even if it did, we would simply become a profitable incubator club for Liverpool and Man U as the AC sale proved.

    Truth is we have needed Prem level LB cover since we were promoted, most supporters knew that, but Ashley failed to deliver. Meanwhile, Ferguson could be knocked back in confidence if he gets a pasting this week, and Stoke is just the place to get it – they don’t take prisoners!

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  • gorskino10

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Saw some matched on ESPN and James looks very impressive such composure from such a young lad, it was sad that Joan (Other youngster) was poor but James suited the team and was one of the best players in the park.

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  • lewman

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    tavernier looked amazing against psv when he had a cameo, i didnt see much of his defensive side though, but his passing and movement was brilliant

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