There’s a very good article in the Sunday Sun today by Mark Douglas, that will be great news to Newcastle fans, because it shows the building of the club,s quad and facilities at Newcastle will continue full steam ahead under Alan Pardew.
Mehdi Abeid – top youngster who is loving it at Newcastle
And if Alan keeps winning these games like has been happening this season so far, Newcastle fans may even be forced to realize that Pardew’s the man, but we’ll wait and see, but at least let’s give the man some credit, he’s done great at Newcastle since he arrived.
Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr is continuing to track players in Europe, and we see that 16 year French teenager M’Baye Niang of Caen, a top midfielder is firmly in the sights of Newcastle, although other top clubs are in for him too.
But Newcastle have a growing reputation in France as not only an excellent club, but they are also giving the youngsters a chance as we’ve seen Alan Pardew do with players like Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi this season.
And it seems Newcastle are also turning their attentions to the South American market too, although the club hasn’t been too successful over the last 15 years with players from that part of the world, with just a few top class exceptions like Nobby Solano and Faustino Asprilla.
I would also mention the Robledo brothers of the 1950s, but that would be telling on my age, so I wont do that.
Newcastle are keen to visit Spain and Barcelona’s famous La Masia Youth Academy, and while we keep saying Newcastle are copying the Arsenal model, it’s really the Barcelona model that are the crown jewels in bringing youngsters through at a football club.
Think Lionel Messi as one example, whom Barcelona signed when he was just a 12 year old kid, and brought his parents over to Spain with him, and no wonder the lad is so loyal to the Barcelona football club.
Alan Pardew talked about continuing to build Newcastle:
“The stuff behind the scenes continues – absolutely,”
“We had an agent at the training ground on Thursday who represents young players from South America, we’ve got a situation where I’m trying to get someone to the Barcelona Academy.”
“Just because we haven’t been there for a while and it would be a good time to have a look around.” “All of those processes continue.”
That’s good news, and although Newcastle have made an unbelievable start to this season, when you look at some of the youngsters Newcastle have coming through the ranks like Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Shane Ferguson, Yven Moyo, Haris Vuckic and others, that’s what’s really exciting at Newcastle these days.
And by the way, for those of you who have a subscription to NufcTV, make sure sure you see the Reserves highlights of their 5-3 win at Swansea, they played some great football.
And there’s an excellent interview with 19 year-old Abeid after the game, and he comes over as being delighted at being a Newcastle player, and cannot keep from smiling. Newcastle must be doing something right with these young players these days.
Long may Newcastle build their club towards being a powerhouse once again in England – based on their Youth policy – and it’s nothing more than the fans deserve.
Howay The Lads!!