Pardew Again Willing To Give Youth A Chance


With Danny Guthrie out anywhere from four to six weeks with a groin strain, we mentioned that Haris Vuckic or Dan Gosling could get a chance tomorrow at Carrow Road.

Mehdi Abeid – could get a chance tomorrow

But we didn’t know if 19 year-old Frenchman Mehdi Abeid was back from playing for Algeria in the Olympic qualifying games, but he is,  and he could even get his first start in the Premier League for Newcastle tomorrow.

Alan Pardew seems confident that players that will come in tomorrow will be able to do the job for Newcastle, so we have to think training has gone well this last week.

So Dan Gosling (21), Mehdi Abeid (19), Haris Vuckic (19) and even Ben Arfa (24) could all come in for the injured Danny Guthrie in the starting eleven for tomorrow’s game.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“Mehdi’s back with us.” “He’s had three games with Algeria, and he’s ready to rumble, so we have got players we haven’t seen yet.”

Pardew has shown that he is more than ready to give youth a chance at Newcastle, and Sammy Ameobi has come on a ton since Alan gave him his big chance at the end of last season.

Alan is right when he says with players like Cheick  Tiote and Dan Gosling out injured,  it simply will give a chance to some of the other players, who have been waiting for their chance for  months.

Alan continued:

“That’s part of a football season.”  “It’s very rare that you run through with 13 or 14 players.”

“Unfortunately for us, it doesn’t look like we’re going to do that. We lose Cheick for the African Cup Of Nations, and I’ve already penciled him in to be in and around the team then.”

“Those two, Abeid and Gosling,  have a good chance of playing in that period.”

It would be great to see Mehdi start tomorrow, since he played really well at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, when he played the whole game in the 4-3 win at the City Ground on 20th September.

However, we think that Dan Gosling, maybe because of his extra experience, may get the nod to start tomorrow, but we wont hold our breath either.

Pardew is still hoping that captain Coloccini will be fit enough to play tomorrow, and since it looks like he had a chance to play a couple of days ago, and had rapidly improved since picking up his thigh strain last Saturday,  we have to hope that the Newcastle captain can line up alongside James Perch tomorrow.

If Colo can play,  then Newcastle must have an excellent chance of getting something out of this game, and after picking up only one point from the last nine points available, and having our goal difference decrease by five goals during that time, a win would be absolutely terrific.

The positive thing is that when players this season have been given their chance, they have generally played very well, and Danny Guthrie is the latest one to shine in the first team, when given his chance to replace Tiote.

Of course all the players  know how Newcastle play the game,  and what each player needs to do when playing in a particular position, and of course that’s nothing less than very good coaching.

Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone have done an excellent chance in getting Newcastle so organized and well drilled this season, especially in defense.

If we can win the game tomorrow, or even get a point, things will again be looking up on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Mehdi to rumble!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Headline should read:

    Pardew has no choice but to give youth a chance.

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    If Gosling starts with Cabaye in midfield tomorrow then I would definitely have Abeid and Vuckic on the bench. Better players than Smith and can at least show us what they can do.

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  • Willo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I know we’re all high on Abeid but I don’t think he’s played a match in the Prem and he needs more time to adjust and maybe like Sammy he can make an impact late on in the season. If we have a choice of the players Ed listed above then I’d be in for Gosling because he has more games under his belt. Then Vuckic who has been at he club longer and finally Abeid. Am I alone on this one? Regardless at least 2 of those 3 need to be on the bench tomorrow.

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  • kpryddie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Would be awesome if we could give Abeid or Vuckic a run out tomorrow! Give them a chance to show us what they can do against a weaker prem team!

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Willo I agree with you that Abeid needs more time to settle with English football. He could make an impact when Cheick goes off to ACoN depending on injuries to our midfield.

    I think Gosling deserves his chance. He was our best player during pre-season yet never got a start and even Guthrie who was injured at the time was ahead of him. Vuckic also performed well during pre-season so hope Pardew gives them both a chance tomorrow.

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  • markmac

    Dec 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I think AP will have a preferred order ie 1st and 2nd choice being cabaye/tiote 3rd guthrie then 4th i would guess would be gosling, etc etc

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  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Imagine how Alan Smith is feeling – all these injuries and it looks like he can’t even get on the bench! Never mind he can cry all the way to the bank. Seriously though I know he is not popular but do think he could do a job coming on as a late sustitute if we are trying to hold a 1 goal lead etc.

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  • mickybraham

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    I think gosling should get a chance in the team. But if mehdi does start it’ll be for a reason, to do a certain job maybe. although i don’t know what that could be! but id like to see gosling get 1st choice then Vuckic and then Mehdi! all three in the squad. I do feel for Smudger but id prefer to see youth given a chance rather than just keeping someone happy who’s on his way out and despite whether or not he could/would do a job. but thats just me

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    @Martoon, last time Smith came on as a sub to hold a lead was last game of last season against West Brom and we gave a 3-0 lead away and ended up drawing 3-3.

    Just saying.

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  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Alext109 – Good point, well made

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t get me wrong, if he plays tomorrow and puts in a good performance then I will eat my words. Former club-captain, looking for clubs to buy him in January he might just surprise me.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    actually he came on against fulham when we were 2-0 up and we conceded 1 goal..just a correction

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Ruddy fair play.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Mehdi all the way for me. I think Vuckic is a center-mid so much as ben arfa is. I think they’re vying for the same position. I have not been impressed with Gosling. In pre-season, yes, he was good but how many of us saw those games vs. heard radio or read the post-match analysis?

    With injuries, now I would line up like this:

    simmo….colo/perch….kadar…..santon (it’s more than time)
    …………………mehdi…………………………….
    ben arfa……..cabaye……….jonas
    ……………………..ba………………….
    ……………………………….best……………..

    i don’t like leaving obertan out and obviously ben arfa aint gonna play on the wing right now, but that’d be my line-up

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    although i’ll be a tenner it’s gonna be this:

    simmo…..perch….colo/kadar….raylor(wtf!)
    obertan……gosling….cabaye…..jonas
    ………………………ben arfa………………….
    ……………………………ba…………………..

    which will once again essentially mean we’re playing a 4-6-0

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  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    mattyNUFC – I think you have it spot on except he might reward Shola with a start instead of ben arfa.

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