Mike Ashley wants a major revamp of Newcastle United so that the club can compete with the best clubs in Europe over the next few years.
Mike Ashley – will invest even more in youth development
It seems that Newcastle will add to their first team pool big time in the summer, and that’s not too surprising, with a lot of work having gone on last month that will come to fruition in June.
But there will also be a number of youngsters who will also be released in the summer, and there will be a renewed emphasis on bringing top youngsters to the club, as well as those for the first team squad.
A Newcastle source has said this to the Evening Chronicle today:
“The vision is for a brighter future at Newcastle.” “The owner is prepared to put money behind the latest project.”
“It will give the club every chance to compete with clubs around Europe and beyond to make sure they can unearth some of the untapped talent which is clearly already out there.”
It seams that Newcastle’s scouting network, which has already had a number of successes over the last eighteen months or so, will be built up even further, so they can can scour Europe and further afield, for new talent.
And the youngsters who will not be retained this summer include Hungarian international Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott, Patrick Nzuzi, Dan Taylor and Amble-born Phil Airey.
Newcastle were hammered 6-0 by the Manchester United second string last Thursday, and apparently that was one of the factors that had Mike Ashley realize he has to invest even more in youth, and in the Newcastle scouting network.
Ashley wants more top youngsters like 19 year-olds Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic, and there will be a number of top young players brought in during the summer.
The news is that the owner is willing to back the new plan with an investment of £15M for the reinvigorated scouting network, to find new young talent across Europe in particular.
Rather than a new strategy, this seems to be that even more effort and money will be invested in finding top talent for Newcastle.
Newcastle started the youth strategy back in January of 2008, when the club brought in five top youngsters which included Tamas Kadar, and it seems we can look forward to top youngsters joining the club this summer.
That’s so we don’t have to go out and spend huge sums on the finished product, like the current top clubs, other than Arsenal, seem to have to do every summer.