Best Out So Young Strikers Ranger And Airey Will Get Chance

With the sobering news today that another player is out for the season, this time it’s  in-form striker Leon Best, so Newcastle will need to give some of their youngsters a chance in the final 7 games of the season.

Alan Pardew – he’s so positive – it’s infectious

Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi will likely be the starters up front, as long as they both remain fit of course (fingers crossed), but 19 year-old Nile Ranger should get more playing time, and hopefully  a few starts before the end of the season.

And it seems that 19 year-old Amble-born Phil Airey, who has looked so impressive for the Reserves this season, and scored Newcastle’s equalizing goal in the 1-1 draw at Wigan yesterday, will also get his chance.

Phil Airey will be staying part of the first team pool through the end of  the season and into pre-season, as he told the local Newcastle press today:

“The manager has told me I will be staying here and working with the first team for the rest of the season and the pre-season in the summer.”

“I will keep working away and see what happens, but obviously it is my dream to play in the Premier League for Newcastle United.”

And Reserve team coach Peter Beardsley has said in talks he has had with manager Alan Pardew, that it seems the Newcastle manager is keen to give some of the younger players a chance this season.

And that’s not too surprising,  after Shane Ferguson’s startlingly good play on the first team scene, in the last couple of games, in which he’s looked a top player.

Peter Beardsley has said how positive Alan Pardew is at the Tyneside club,  and especially when he talks about the burgeoning Newcastle youngsters, who are starting to come through on Tyneside.

This is what the former Newcastle and Liverpool great said today:

“We’re hoping one or two of ours might get a chance to get involved in the first-team squad, even if it’s just training. That makes a massive difference.”

“It’s been a real plus – there have been times when he’s called some of our kids across to join in.”  “Young Patrick Nzuzi has trained with the first team, through circumstances, probably half a dozen times in the last couple of months.”

“It’s a brilliant set-up now. This manager’s so positive towards everything at the club, whether it be the Academy, the reserves or obviously the first team. It rubs off – it’s infectious.”

“He’s really top class with the kids, I have to say.”

Those are good comments about Alan Pardew, and it seems he has one of the most important characteristics it takes to be a good manager – he’s very good with people, a very good man manager, and that seems half the battle.

It’s something the great Bobby Robson had in spades, and he could inspire his players to play at their very best for the Magpies, and he did.

Maybe somebody should whisper that to manager Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa, our opponents on Sunday, since Gerard seems to have upset most of the experienced players at Villa Park.

And the game this weekend is on  Sunday at 4:00 pm, and  not Saturday as I had said earlier – thanks for readers correcting me on that slip.

The game at Aston Villa will also be televised live around the world.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Always happy to see the youngsters come though the ranks, just not too happy to see them all arrive at once because of injuries / suspensions.

  • skutball1892

    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    What’s happened to Vuckic? Is he injured or something?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    ya where is vuckic and give both the forwards chances to shine especilay ranger cause he has been getting lot of sub appearences and playing really nicely too

  • Tinman

    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Vuckic has been injured for a while now i believe

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Just got tickets for Villa game £41 each!!! That’s the most expensive tickets I have bought in the PL.

    Oh well hopefully memories of 2009 will be completely erased!!


  • steve1980

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Jeez, Vuckic is one hell of an injury crock, out nearly the whole of the C’ship season, and near all of this one. We keep being told he’s amazing, but there seems to be a rabbit away with this lad somewhere. Gosling is a concern as well, i wonder whether the lad will play again, it seems that injury he had against Wolves while at Everton may have been even more serious that previously thought. I hope its merely that we rushed him back to quickly, because it would be a huge shame if he ended up being another Dean Ashton. Team for Sunday:

    Goal – Harper
    Right Back – Simpson
    Centre Midfield – Coloccini, Steven Taylor
    Left Back – Ferguson
    Right Wing – Ryan Taylor
    Centre Midfield – Barton, Guthrie
    Left Wing – Gutierrez
    Forward – Ameobi, Lovenkrands

    Subs – Airey, Campbell, Krul, Perch, Ranger, Tavernier, Williamson;

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7


  • Davies

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve1980 – Best(ish) line up available, but I’d start Willo instead of Taylor. Willo was solid on Saturday and Taylor made a hell of an impact when he came on as a sub. Also, giving Taylor so much licence to get forward helps to stop him handling in the area.

  • RichK

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Just seen on skysports that Liverpool seem to have won the race to snap up Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes. I know we were rumoured to be interested, not sure how interested we were if at all? Nevermind, I’d prefer Gervinho anyway!

    Really looking forward to next season with the return of Beb Arfa and Gosling – will be like 2 new players there! If we can then bring in 4 or 5 others (LB, Winger, DM, ST x 2) we’ll be well away and pushing for top 10 every season!

  • RichK

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Ooops, ‘Ben’ Arfa even 🙂 sorry Benny Boy!

  • Vandinhio

    Apr 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    would also love to see the young ginger kid get a chance who plays in midfield ( sorry cant remem his name), Peter Beardsley rates him highly , said he plays like scholes. Really positive for the future of the Toon

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Sylvain Marveaux – Damn it!!! I really wanted us to sign that player especially knowing he’s on a free. Sorry but I think I would have preferred to have Marveaux than pay 10M for Gervinho. They are the same type of player i.m.o.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13

    IMHO Phil Airey will turn out to be a FAR better prospect than ANY of the local lads in the next few years. Given the chance he will blosum in the first team.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14


    Did you watch the game, he wasnt solid he was poor, he was bailed out by Fergusson and Danny who came and help him out, one of them was a one on one chance, he is slow and doesnt read the ball well and made key mistakes we were LUCKY other players were there and that they didnt punish the mistakes i prefer Saylor anyday to Wilo no offense but he moves like a tank, he is lucky having good players next to him to bail him out, he also was terrible in the air losing EVERY heading duel with Ebanks Blake who isnt that tall or good in the air he is a liability.

    How many goals in Youth level has Airey got? cause i remember Ranger had an incredible run scoring tones of goals at Youth level and its a massive jump up from that.

    JP how are they the same Gervinho scores goals Slyvian doesnt he assists more and crosses more Gervinho takes the ball and is more direct and dosent cross that ofton he wants to score himself.

    Why are we bothering with the freebie slot none of them are that good and the decent ones have teams wanting him who can easilly beat us to their signature. Like Juve/Sevilla want Elmader we dont stand a chance and tbh he doesnt score enough for a striker.

    Its true Slyvian has signed a precontract with Liverpool.

  • kilcline

    Apr 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Liverpool are pr1cks and i hope they back off from going after the players we want.

  • MT

    Apr 6, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Team for Sunday:


    Simpson Williamson S.Taylor Ferguson

    R.Taylor Barton Coloccini Gutierrez



  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17


    Nolan is suspended. Most likely it’ll be Shola ‘Goal Machine’ Ameobi & Pete McLoven 🙂

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 6, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #18


  • superclivemendonca

    Apr 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #19

    you must hve been watching a different game to me. Willo had a stormer against Wolves, he dominated in all ariel challenges and read the game intelligently. A fantastic partnership with Collo is developing with Danny S the most improved player at the club looking a real Premiereship player too, we lokk very solid at the back, why change?

  • davybtoon

    Apr 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    liverpool have got that numpty comilli picking plyers he is rubbish so jus waits n c who our scouts r watchin a shame marveux would hav been good

  • dazza

    Apr 7, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    who’s Patrick Nzuzi ?

  • Sav

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Shaktar got trounced by Barca because their defence is pathetic but their 4 attackers were terrific and very fast.
    Hope there’s a fire sale as we could use a few of those lads.


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