Newcastle Youngsters Starting To Look The Part

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.

Danny continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see the academy working. We could do a lot worse than look at the academy’s at Leeds, Southampton, and Manyoo who always seem to have a steady stream of youthful talent coming through.

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Delighted with the number of younger players coming through and Ashley deserves some credit as it was one of his visions to develop the club at the grass root level.
    Just hope and know the staff will take there time with the kids, allowing them to go out on loan and slowly introducing them to 1st team action, like at chelski.
    Interesting that Jack Rodwell took a step back this season after impressing everyone the previous one, too much too soon ?

  • Indian Magpie

    May 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    @ The entertainers

    So did the Mackem Jordan henderson

  • Bucks mag

    May 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Kaz absolutely burned Ivanovic for pace in the build up to Taylor’s goal, good to see his injury hasn’t affected him too much

  • lewis_nufc

    May 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    How can the blog say that we were impressed with Sammy and Lualua. They were both crap. How are we expected to score with s**t players younger brothers upfront??????

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi junior played in the midfield you plank.

  • geoff777

    May 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #7


    They weren’t on for long but did nothing but good things against a top team.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    May 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8


    Im sorry but you’re completely wrong. Lua Lua has been out for 5 months with a broken leg, he had 1 week of full training prior to the game and yet he still had the confidence to take Ivanovic on and get the cross in that won us the corner to which we scored our 2nd goal. I’d consider that to be a good contribution and not “crap” as you put it.

    As for Sammy, he had 8 minutes and he made 1-2 good runs with the ball and had some good movement during that time, I also wouldnt consider that “crap” considering it was also his first team debut and he only turned 18/19 a few weeks ago AND it was away to Chelsea.

    If you’ve ever played football at any level you would know that coming on as a substitute isnt the easiest thing to do at the best of times as you have to quickly adapt to the pace of the game.

    If you just want to bash our youngsters and not see the potential then you’re better off going to some Sunderland forum somewhere, use google to find one.

  • chuck

    May 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Errrmmm !
    We have had Ranger coming on all season and for a ten or fifteen minute period he caused problems for a few clubs defenders and looked good.
    However when started he looked out of his depth and if Pardew had any sense should have subbed him by half time.
    Now young Ferguson looked a lot better, but is still not ready to cement a starting place, though definately one for the future.
    As for Lua and young Ameobi, we did`nt see enough to make any serious judgement, but i dont expect either to make any starts for some time.
    That is unless we dont strengthen the squad as needed this summer, which i dont rule out.

  • Burni

    May 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Lewis….. You utter troll!

    I second everything that biffbaffboff said!


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