Alan Pardew seems to be a big believer in sending youngsters out on loan, so they can get regular first team games.
Sammy Ameobi – on loan next season?
That seems the very best way to develop the youngsters, and Alan has already sent 20 year-old Kazenga LuaLua on loan again to Brighton down south.
And it seems the Newcastle manager is also ready to send two more youngsters out on loan, in England U20 International Ryan Donaldson and Shola’s younger brother, 19 year-old 6’3″ Sammy Ameobi.
Indeed Sammy has looked more than useful when he has appeared in the Newcastle first team recently, and of course scored Newcastle’s second goal at Darlington on Friday evening.
Ameobi was going to be on Newcastle’s American tour, but it turns out he was not on the plane to Kansas City yesterday.
Ryan Donaldson was also missing, but it seems both lads will be part of the Reserve team trip to Holland, and the party is due to depart tomorrow for that tour, and Joey Barton is part of that trip.
Pardew did hand Ryan a new contract at Newcastle earlier this summer, and we expect Sammy to get a new deal soon too.
Both lads were born and bred in Newcastle, and it’s always good to have a decent representation of local lads in the Newcastle side.
And Pardew talked about the youngsters from the Newcastle base camp in Kansas City today:
“We’ve always said that the younger players will be loaned out.” “They can really learn a lot on loan.”
“Ryan and Sammy are candidates for a loan deal this season, as are the likes of Michael Richardson and James Tavernier.”
Donaldson had a good loan spell at Hartlepool United earlier this year, and James Tavernier was on loan at Gateshead at the same time, and both lads gained from the experience of playing regular first team football.
Pardew had this to say about Ryan:
“Ryan’s still got a bit to do.” “He’s only a young player, and he needs a bit more time.”
“This is a big year for him. All the lads I mention are players who could really do with going out on loan, and at some point they will – 100 per cent.”
We had thought some of our younger players like Tavernier, Donaldson, LuaLua, Ferguson, Vuckic, Kadar and the like, would help to form a bigger squad this coming season.
But if Alan is going to send a number of them out on loan, it looks like the first team squad will again be paper thin next season.
Are we missing something here?
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