Newcastle fans were impressed with Sammy Ameobi and Kazenga LuaLua on Sunday, and both made an appearance in the second half at Chelsea.
Kazenga LuaLua – while on loan at Brighton
For Sammy, the 19 year-old younger brother of Shola, it was his Newcastle debut and both players fitted in nicely, and looked good.
It’s likely that both lads will again get an outing on Sunday against West Brom, and it shows clearly that Newcastle have some very promising youngsters coming through the ranks at the club.
Danny Simpson knows all about youngsters coming through the ranks, as he was at Manchester United, who always have very good youngsters at the club.
This is what Danny said today about the Newcastle youngsters:
“There were quite a few big-name players missing at Chelsea,” “But the young lads that came into the side were superb. That’s obviously a really good sign for the future.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about players being bought in this summer, but there’s a lot of talent already here at the football club waiting to break through.” “At Manchester United, I was part of a young crop of players that were desperate to prove themselves in the Premier League and I can definitely see a similar thing here.”
“We train with people like Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi day in, day out so we know what they can do. It’s nice to see them get a chance to show that in the first team and do well.”
Sammy and Kazenga both have an older brother who has played at Newcastle, with Kazenga being the younger brother of Lomana, who was at the club under Bobby Robson, and played 80 times for Newcastle with 7 goals from 200-2004.
Kazenga was again on loan at Brighton earlier in the season, and played 11 times with 4 goals before breaking his leg, and he now has 14 first team appearances for Newcastle.
Seagulls boss Gus Poyet is keen to sign the lad on a permanent basis in the summer, following Brighton’s promotion to the Championship, but we think there is little chance of that happening.
“Kazenga’s had injury problems and been away on loan, but he’s obviously in the manager’s thoughts and he’s a really talented player,” “He won the corner for the equalizer at the weekend.”
“Sammy’s got bags of ability and it’s going to be interesting to see how he develops. He’s a different player to Shola, but hopefully he can be just as effective.
“There were a few other players on the bench at Chelsea who have been training with us in recent weeks, and the future looks bright.”
Alan Pardew will need to ensure the youngsters get games next season, and he will need to decide which players go out on loan and which stay as part of the first team squad.
Both of these players could be sent out on loan at least in the first part of next season, but another youngster, Shane Ferguson will be fighting for a first team place anywhere on the left hand side of midfield next season.
The same goes for 19 year-old Nile Ranger, who has 58 first team appearances for Newcastle and 28 of them this season.
Shane and Nile are slightly ahead of the other two, and they will almost certainly be in the first team squad at Newcastle next season.
Newcastle are in good hands for the future, when you see so many good youngsters coming on and doing well in the first team.
Long may it continue.