A very important part of the Newcastle squad this season is the youngsters, who can hopefully fill out the squad and do well when they are given their chance in the first team.
John Carver – impressed with Newcastle youngsters
Yesterday afternoon the young Newcastle Reserves side with veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper getting a run-out, hammered Norwich City 6-0 at Whitley Park – so that cannot be bad.
James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling and newcomer Davide Santon also got run-outs to improve their match sharpness.
The goals came form Dan Gosling (2), Michael Richardson, Greg McDermott, Ryan Donaldson and Yven Movo, and it was a very good performance from the Newcastle youngsters.
Assistant Manager John Carver was at the game and he seemed simply delighted with what he saw:
“It was a game played in what seemed like hurricane conditions.” “But everybody did very well and showed a great attitude and great application.”
“Norwich, to be fair, had a young side out and we were just too strong for them.” “This though was a productive workout for us.”
“Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling and Davide Santon all got some pitch time and Harps played the whole game, so we had a good mix of youth and experience.”
“Given the windy conditions, I think everybody did really well.”
It’s good to see Davide Santon get a run-out for 70 minutes, and it will be a bit of a surprise if this lad doesn’t start at left back on Saturday.
That’s after Ryan Taylor was taken to the cleaners on Monday night at Loftus Road, by the impressive and in-form QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
And we hope Davide is getting to know his new team-mates, and learning one or two words of English so he can communicate with the other players on the pitch.
Here’s the Newcastle Reserve side that played yesterday:
Harper, Kadar, Santon (Folan 70), Dummett, Perch (Edmundsson 73), Richardson, McDermott, Guthrie (Moyo 46), Ferguson, Gosling, Donaldson.
There are some excellent youngsters in there, and it’s good to see Tamnas Kadar get a full game, and we’re hoping the Hungarian International can come through this season, since it’s the final season of the three and a half year contract he signed in January of 2008.
Of the 14 players on display yesterday we estimate the average age at about 20 and without old-timer Steve Harper (sorry Steve), it would be just under 19.
And youngsters like Santon, Dummett, Kadar, Richardson, McDermott, Ferguson, Gosling, Donaldson and Frenchman Moyo, all have every chance to become successful on Tyneside.
That’s the quiet strength of the current Newcastle squad, that there are many very good Youngsters – and we never even mentioned Sammy Ameobi.