Alan Pardew To Rely On Youngsters And Fringe Players

Since Newcastle have lost so many of their first team squad in the last couple of months, it looks like the Magpies will rely on some of their top youngsters and fringe players in the last two games of the season.

Haris Vuckic – could get a start tomorrow?

Of course Newcastle don’t have any choice on that, but that’s  not bad news at all, since some of the youngsters are top players in the making, and you have to remember how good the second team were earlier this year in the Carling Cup games.

The second team that beat the Chelsea second team at Stamford Bridge on 22nd September consisted of a lot of the Newcastle teenagers in that game.

Alan Pardew talked to the Evening Chronicle today about tomorrow’s tough game at Stamford Bridge:

“It’s very, very important that we approach the game with a positive attitude.” “I’ve seen a lot of Chelsea, and I know the power they exude over teams that go there with the wrong attitude.”

“There have been good players who haven’t shown up there – I can think of Robinho for Man City once, he was absolutely awful.” “You’ve got to have the right approach, and expect to win. If you don’t have that approach, you’re in for a very difficult afternoon.”

“We’ve got one or two players who haven’t played regularly coming into the team, and I want to get them and the senior boys in the right place. I thought Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic played well in September’s Carling Cup win at Chelsea.”

“I think we’re going to face a very different Chelsea team. League games are much tougher than those cup games.” “We’re buoyed by that, though.”   “They’re going to be in the squad at some point between now and West Brom – we’re going to have a look at one or two players.”

“There are also some senior players I haven’t seen a lot of, Ryan Taylor and Nile Ranger for example.” “Over the next couple of games, we’ll perhaps see a bit more of those type of players.”

Newcastle will be without injured players Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper, Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson,  James Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, while Leon Best is still  on his way back from his ankle injury.

But it could be that both Leon and Alan Smith will not be ready for the last game of the season, which is a week tomorrow at home to WBA.

That’s nine first team players who will  not play for Newcastle for the rest of the season.

But on the positive side, it’s a great chance for some of the youngsters like Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier,  Shane Ferguson, Nile Ranger and Kazenga LuaLua to show manager Pardew know just exactly what they can do for Newcastle.

We may be surprised at how well they will perform against Chelsea and WBA.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Ferguson should start on left wing.donaldson was great in reserve game v Blyth but chelsea will be much tougher.maybe bring him off the bench.would be gud for lua lua and vuckic to get run out after long injuries but mite be better aganst w brom next game

  • Birts

    May 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2

    At least bringing the youth in will bring some much needed pace to the game


    May 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Personally I wouldnt have a major problem with Fergy on the left but he will be taken apart by Chelsea.

    I wouldnt want LuaLua to come on he wasent fit for the reserves game in fairness to him no way he’d be fit enough to play Chelsea. Dont think Vuckic would be fit enough either but I could be wrong 🙂

    I’d guess the team will be
    Simmo Saylor Collo Enrique
    Raylor Barton Smith Gutti (poor lad must be knackard he hasent had one game off this season)

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I would play Vuckic, Ferguson and Lualua
    —-Simpson—S Taylor—Collocini—-Jose———

  • MykToonFan

    May 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    It would be crazy to play three youngsters in midfield against Chelsea.

    They’d learn nothing, as they’d never have the ball.

    I’d probably play two of them, and keep Jonas.

    Perhaps Jonas on the right, Ferguson on the left and Vuckic/Barton as the central midfield partnership.

    Lua Lua is supposedly not quite fit yet.


    May 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    I guess robinho is one player who we won’t be signing in the summer!!!!!!!!!! (what a strange thing to say, does he think robinho still plays for city???)

  • djm...

    May 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Smith isn’t in the squad. I guess it will be jonas Barton and ryan Taylor along the middle with either vuckic Donaldson or Richardson.


    May 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ferguson could be on the wing with Raylor in centre

  • djm...

    May 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye true true. I would rather vuckic played there instead of Taylor out of position though. Whatever team we play we really are down to the bare bones in all positions.

  • sticklebricks

    May 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Fixtures are all going our way this afternoon, think it’s a major mistake not having Tiote in the squad.

    Could easily finish 8th with a decent team out tomorrow and next weekend. If we loose the two remaining games much more likely to finish ~ 14th.. (Difference > 5 Million in TV Money)

  • gorskino10

    May 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    leazes upper@
    Agree also Richardson/Airey/Tav were amazing too in that match, but Donaldson i’ve seen before and hardly have rated him he looked average BUT you never know his mid might of changes he may of though he would get a chance and stay at NUFC but his contract is up and he is desperate to stay maybe this may of improved him as a player the worry he could be released, much like what Happened to Stephan Carr after being released to joining Birmingham.

    Would prefer him on the bench, Just in case we are being overun in the middle of the park, just tell him DONT GO NEAR the players, just guard the positions on the pitch and links up the passing game should go through the match without a card.

    Seems i have the same view as other Fergusson should play LW and Jonas play RW, Jonas LOVED when Jose wasnt in the team he didnt need to check back and he could just put his head down and run, thats what he loves he hates looking back and passing it off to Jose.

    Ranger should get a start too.

    Is the whole Cheikh Diabate rumour just sum us up, the scouts watch a game FULL of talent like Aloud Diarra/Wendel/Benoît Trémoulinas/Marvin Martin/Brown Ideye /Modibo Maïga /Ryad Boudebouz etc.. but we look at a player who is a decent player, 23 but isnt a starter for a team in 11th place in Ligue1 this worries me that we are just look at cheap buys.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    @ WWJBD- This is the provisional squad, no Smith and the only senior CM is Barton and he’s been playing RM all season!

    Krul, Soderberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, S. Taylor, R. Taylor, Barton, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi, LuaLua, McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi

    Would love to see:





    I reckon Pardew will play something like this though:





    The question is, who gets that other CM spot?

  • sticklebricks

    May 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #13

    If we aren’t going to risk Tiote because he might pickup a yellow.. I really don’t think we should risk a not fully fit Vuckic or LuaLua!

    Still not going to be surprised if we see Colo @ CDM and Tavernier at CB. Hope thats not the case else we might aswell just stay at SJP!

  • The Entertainers

    May 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Would really like to see Vuckic get 20 mins an have a good look at him.
    Can see Ferguson playing 50-60 mins on left then Vuckic replacing him.

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Gorskino10 agree bout tav and Airey.richardson got great eye for a pass in that game.seen Inman and streete a few time and been impressed.we may see a few of them in 1st team over next few years

  • gorskino10

    May 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #16

    leazes upper@

    Yeah they were good too i like Inman, good too see we have some choices in Reserves to step up.

    Lua Lua
    Donaldson (Maybe)

    Some of them i’d like to see before end of season 🙂 As Chelsea saw United draw today they will play backup players or bench players.

  • MT

    May 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #17

    we should give youngsters a chance to prove they
    can do it.Such as Vuckic,Lua Lua,Fergusson &


    Simpson STaylor Tavernier Enrique

    RTaylor Barton Colo Lua Lua



  • wynsleap

    May 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Happy to start playing some of our young guns but having seen Richardson struggle on Wednesday against Blyth I don’t think he’s anywhere near ready for the likes of Chelsea etc..
    Tavernier, Ferguson, McDermott and McLaughlin look the better bets for me at the moment.

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #19

    GK Krul
    RB Simpson
    CB S.Taylor
    CB Coloccini
    LB Ferguson
    RM R.Taylor
    CM Vuckic
    CM Barton(c)
    LM Jonas
    ST Ameobi
    ST Ranger


  • kevymartins

    May 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Always fighting with my brother who is better…hes all ranger and im all kazenga

    Anwayz glad to see kazenga back training…I would defo get him in around the first team next year…+ pardrew already likes him from when managed southampton an lualua played against him


You must log in to post a comment.