It’s been another eventful week for Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Haris Vuckic – top youngster at Newcastle – aiming for the stars
Newcastle were reported to FIFA by French club Sochaux over their approach for striker Modibo Maiga, and Alan’s former club Charlton Athletic reported the Tyneside club to the Premier League over their approach for their goalkeeper Rob Elliot, and then the popular Joey Barton left for QPR on Friday.
Just another typical week in the life of the Newcastle United football club.
But Newcastle have won both their games, at local rivals Sunderland 1-0 last Saturday, and at Scunthorpe 2-1 after extra time, on Thursday night.
Pardew seems to be taking it all in his stride as he prepares for today’s home against Fulham:
“It’s the same every week here. I just look forward to the training ground and the matches, and everything else is tough. But I love it,”
“Obviously, we are in a period now when fans are looking for the board to bring in players to replace the ones we have lost, as I am.”
“My job is to put pressure on the board for the fans to try to get these guys over the line, and that’s what I am trying to do.”
And on Thursday night, Newcastle saw their youth policy starting to pay off, with a stunning strike for the winning goal from 19 year old Sammy Ameobi, the younger brother of Shola.
Sammy Ameobi – brilliant goal at Scunthorpe
Both youngsters will be on the bench tomorrow when Fulham visit St James’ Park, and Alan had some great praise for Sammy:
“With the ability he has, he is going to be a big player for us. We are really, really happy for him. He’s a smashing lad and everybody in Newcastle should be proud of him.”
“We’re very excited about Sammy,” “He’s going to be a big player and it helps that his big brother and his parents look after him very well.”
We’ll just point out that big brother Shola is one inch shorter than Sammy and the 19 year-old may still be growing!
Newcastle seem to have some great young talent at the club, and Alan talked about when he first arrived last December, and everybody told him about the then 18 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vukic:
“When I first arrived I remember the staff saying to me: ‘We’ve got a really good young player but he’s injured at the moment,'” “This tall, nice, Slovenian guy kept passing me in the corridor and smiling. Haris is such a nice guy.”
“He’s a lovely boy who we’ve got big hopes for; he’s got tremendous technique. Haris needs to learn to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League but he’s only 19 and his potential is excellent.”
“He’s got a really clever pass on him. It’s a pass about 85% of Premier League footballers couldn’t even see.”
Haris looked very good when he came on about five minutes after Sammy Ameobi on Thursday night, and both youngsters did themselves no harm at all, as Newcastle continue to follow the Arsenal model of creating your own players by getting them in very young and developing them on Tyneside.
It seems to be working very well at the moment, and we expect Sammy and Haris, as well as Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier to come through big time for Newcastle this season.
At least the youngsters are looking up at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!