Youngsters Important To Newcastle Next Season

It seems that Alan Pardew is pleased enough with the three game tour of America which ended on Tuesday evening. with Newcastle hammering Columbus Crew by 3-0.    The Crew are currently second top of the MLS Eastern conference.

Alan Pardew – pleased enough with US tour

The tour of Kansas, Orlando and Columbus was successful, although an awful lot happened in what was a short 10 days in America.

But as usual, Pardew elected to look at the positive side of things, and he had this to say about the tour:

“We’ve had some really good training days and some great games,  so I’m very pleased that it has ended with a win and we can reflect on it now.”

“If the fans that watched us in Orlando had seen us against Columbus, they’d have seen a completely different side. We had more energy and the pitch wasn’t a factor, so we proved that some of those excuses we used were in fact true.”

“We don’t like to lean on excuses but there were reasons for the Orlando performance. But overall, the tour has been very constructive for us and we’ve had a defeat, a draw and a win.”

“We’ll look at it and see if it’s something that we want to do again because the competition was great. It would be a good place to come back to because we’ve gained a lot of friends.”

“On a tour like this you learn about the player’s personalities and get to know them a little bit better. They are a good set of lads who want to do well.”

Alan’s  right about the Orlando City and Columbus games being so different, as in Orlando Newcastle looked fairly listless, in fact completely listless and yet in Columbus they looked energetic and simply overwhelmed the Crew with some excellent attacking.

And maybe the most pleasing thing on the tour was the decent form shown by a lot of the Newcastle youngsters, including James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling and Paul Dummett, an emergency replacement for Ryan Taylor, who looked very solid indeed in the second half on Tuesday night, when he replaced the skillful Fabricio Coloccini.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Newcastle squad will be a lot more dependent on some of our youngsters this coming season, than in seasons gone by.

That’s because three squad is still far too small for the Premier League, and we’d love to see players like Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson come through big time this coming season.

And what’s happened to 21 year-old  Tamas Kadar, who seemed a very promising defender and is already a full Hungarian International.

If the youngsters can come through, then that will help bolster the first team squad, and the squad will not look as threadbare as it’s looked in the last couple of seasons.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • cousto

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Neg bait this article

  • cousto

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    We won’t give young players a chance, we sell them all and replace them with Sports Direct’s 5 a side team.

  • NathanH NUFC

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Vuckic, Sammy, Tavernier & Ferguson i think will all come through and get game time, some might even get a first team place, hopefully 🙂

  • barryvenison

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Why is it that if you want our club to show some ambition then your unrealistic and want Freddy Shepherd and Owen type signing’s back. I would be happy if we signed Mcgugan and Clyne. 2 Championship players that won’t cost much. Bring in Erding and M’bengue and I would think we’d have a good window. We will end up selling Enrique and Routledge and Ranger at the very least. These sales alone would pay for the 4 players mentioned above. My gripe is Ashley won’t even do this. Pardew has said many times we’ll sign 1 maybe 2 players. WTF. Why?

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    The Doom Mongers have already gotten a firm grip on this article. Shame…

  • Andy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Left here to go to the chippy and i come back and see Blog war IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII has broke out! I’m also a fence sitter but i think it’s funny all the negs come out in force go back into hiding then come back out again. Makes me laugh


    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Youngsters are great but I can see them struggling to get any time on the field this coming season

    Am a big fan of loan moves to allow them the chance to evolve at a steady rate. I cant see Vuckic getting many games so if by January he is just sitting on the bench then I say loan him out then

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Right im off to dinner. Had my days fun disputing a few doom Mongers on the blog. These pests always seem to return to the blog and repeat themselves. Sigh… #theyneverlearn

  • barryvenison, why is it that if you are happy to wait till the end of the transfer window you are an Ashley brown nose?


    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I totally agree about the youth as we have some excellent talent coming through however I feel both the management set up we have here or expectations of the fans allow our youth to develop. We tend to drop the youngsters like a stone if they have a bad game. Expectations from the fans is so intense it filters down onto the pitch. A few games at SJP could wreck a youngsters confidence. I have said before I would love Wenger or Ferguson to have a grip on our young players. (I suppose they will in time when Ashley flogs them !)

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Were did brown nose butler go??? haha

  • barryvenison

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    @GeordieGerman- Fair point and whilst I agree to a certain extent I believe we’re also entitled to pass judgement now after seeing similar behaviour for the last 5 or 6 transfer windows.


    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    GG I agree with you but at times I have hit the roof after hearing some of the things the club has come out with recently

  • barryvenison & WWJBD, but it must be possible to discuss and argue points without resorting to abuse… ?


    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15


    Totally agree with that one imo as soon as one person resorted to namecalling or threats they have lost all credibility and thus lost the argument

    I can say that I havent resorted to namecalling on here in anything other than jest 🙂

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I was at Columbus, and NUFC showed very strong through the middle and only some lack of having played together kept Shal and Ba from havign a field day. AP seemed to have decided the wanted the ball to be played sown the right side and it was, which may indicate he has the players ear. Can’t say the Toon attack was running at Patrick Evra or the hulks at Stoke, but it looked fluid and capable..

  • JimmyToonToon

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Gosling is gunna be a massive player for the squad this season. He’s starting to play like he did when he put Liverpool out the cup for the Toffee’s.

    I only hope we can develop our young talent properly and not break them buy relying on them too much when the squad gets thin.

  • Felipe

    Jul 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, would you like to qualify your comment about the squad being too small for the premier league. If it’s just so you can get people clicking on your website to sell more advertising then fair enough, I’m not against people making money. But I assume you know since you run this blog that we have the biggest squad outside of the top 6 (understandably they need more players for european games).

  • Felipe

    Jul 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    1st Team
    Simpson Staylor Colo Jose
    Jonas Tiote Cabaye Marveaux
    Ben Arfa Ba

    2nd Team
    Tav Wilko Kadar Dummett
    Barton Gosling Smith Ferguson
    Ameobi Best


    Apart from cover at LB we seem to be covered all over the park.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Youngsters Important To Newcastle Next Season, Because of lack of depth in our squad, 2nd smallest last season just ahead of Blackpool.

    Our depth are untested Youngsters with less than a Handful of apps in the First Team, The Youngster who played the most is probs Ranger but he will be sold or loaned, so next would be Fergie who since 09 has 7 Apps in nufc shirt INCLUDING Cup games.

    Next highest rated youngster is Sammy (1 app) Tav (0 App) Airey (1 in Cup 0 in League)

    I like our Youngster but to chuck them in with no Experience doesnt mean they are depth.


    Jul 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we may buy Erdinc and a full back for Enrique (if anyonne wants to buy him) or he has a change of mind and is sensible and signs a new contract because he can see Newcastle are an improving team.
    However after this and possibly the January window the youngsters will be blooded and very little money spent in the transfer market in the near future.
    This is how they plan to build up a larger ready for the first team pool of players and by then minus Smith Perch etc.
    Exciting isn’t it, Ashley will soon clear the debt and we can concentrate on expanding our world wide search for top youngsters and develop our academy.
    Did anyone see thiago for Barcelona last night, he’s 20 and an academy product, why can’t we do the same.

  • max

    Jul 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    yeah.. we need to use or youngster too. dont be like man shitty who always buy star player and destroy their youngster chance

  • samag

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #23

    the squad was threadbare, but pardew didn’t give the kids much of a chance last season. i really am not the greatest fan of playing your youngsters in the last game of a season, blood them. Sink or Swim. but they need their share of 5 or so appearences to make any kind of judgement, i mean fergie did well and got 9 appearences. give em all that chance and rotate the first team against the weaker sides. show some faith


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