We heard about a week ago that Mike Ashley was willing to put another £15M into the development of the youngsters on Tyneside.
Mehdi Abeid – top youngster at Newcastle
Of course the first thing is to have a good scouting network that can spot top youngsters that can be developed on Tyneside.
And the plain facts are that too many of the youngsters brought in since Ashley arrived haven’t developed as expected, and Alan Pardew and others have taken a long hard look at the youngsters on Tyneside, and came to the conclusion things have to get better.
Alan explained the situation today:
“We’re having a great season at first-team level and we’re hoping to continue to do that,” “I look at the club further down and we’ve got young players coming through.”
“We’re hoping to build foundations, that’s the kind of work that goes on. The first-team now is pretty much set and we go from game to game looking to win as many as we can.”
“As a manager, from the moment you walk in you’re assessing the staff before you start assessing the players. I’m very happy with the staff we’ve brought in – big Dave Watson, Willie Donachie – so I know my staff are sound now.”
“Now it’s about getting the right product to work with. And I think the product here needs to improve, if I’m honest.” “I’ve made that very clear, that we need to get young players here who perhaps have got more chance of getting into the first-team.”
“Not easy, but it’s something we’re going to focus on.” Rebuilding from the bottom up was one of Mike Ashley’s first priorities on buying the club.”
“Collectively, the likes of Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera, Ole Soderberg, Tamas Kadar, Jóan Edmundsson, Frank Wiafe Danquah and Wesley Ngo Baheng have not provided the return Ashley hoped.”
“And Nile Ranger, signed after being released by Southampton, has created more headlines off the field than on it.” “It’s not about that, because we’ve got great people here,” “We just want to boost it on a bit, because that’s what we need.”
“It’s not about a radical overhaul. I’m just trying to say to Mike Ashley, to Academy manager Joe Joyce, to everybody involved with the under-branch of this club we have to improve it and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
It even appears that Alan Pardew was the instigator of this, and it probably came around when so many young players are not being offered new contracts this summer.
Alan’s right to say when youngsters like Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera, Ole Soderberg, Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Frank Wiafe Danquah and Wesley Ngo Baheng arrived on Tyenside they were hailed as top youngsters of their age, but none have come through, and all will be gone from the club this summer, and some have already moved on.
Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and local lad Sammy Ameobi are hopefully better examples of players who can do better on Tyneside, but we also have local lads like Ashington-born Jeff Henderson, Newcastle-born Dan Taylor and Amble-born Phil Airey who will be leaving the club in the summer.
And we expect Nile Ranger to leave in the summer, if he can be shipped out to another club, because he has quite a few years left on that lucrative contract he signed in October of 2010.
To start off the new Newcastle Youth strategy, Newcastle brought in five youngsters in January of 2008, Kadar, Soderburg, Tozer, Baheng and Zamblera, and none have made it.
And we expect about the same number to be brought in over the summer to start a new improved Youth system, that will hopefully bring in better quality young players to Newcastle.
That will depend an awful lot on Newcastle having the scouting network that can spot these young players, while they are developing and who can make it big time – and that’s not easy, not easy at all.
What do you think?