Alan Pardew yesterday explained the blueprint at the club for bringing local players to Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – has good vision to get more local lads in squad
Newcastle have had good success in the last couple of years with scouting players from the French Leagues, and Chief Scout Graham Carr is doing an excellent job for Newcastle.
That will continue, but another emphasis for Newcastle is to ensure they get the best local players in the area, and they are not happy they have lost two good youngsters – nor should they be.
Newcastle-born youngster Louis Laing has recently signed for Sunderland from Montagu & North Fenham Boys Club, and Killingworth-born Jack Colback has been at Sunderland since he was just 10 years old, and Jack came on in the second half last Sunday.
And along with Shola Ameobi, they were the only local lads to play in Sunday’s derby game.
Alan Pardew talked yesterday of wanting more local lads in the squad:
“I don’t want to keep buying players from France and Germany.” “I want to buy somebody from here. from say Hartlepool – or bring our own on from the Academy.”
“The lack of Geordies in the derby game was a big factor.” “Had Shola not played we’d have had no local players in this fixture.” “That underlines what I have been saying here.”
“This club must concentrate on the underbelly of this team. It’s about the development and the youth here.”
Alan has sold his vision of an improved Newcastle Youth Academy to owner Mike Ashley a few months ago, and he has been backed with £15M from the Newcastle owner, who is also keen to bring in more local lads to Newcastle.
And 12 Development players will be be let go in the summer, and we expect a bunch of new youngsters to come through the Newcastle door over the summer.
The net for Newcastle will hopefully be spread across England eventually, but Newcastle must get all the best local lads, and they will be going head to head with Sunderland for those youngsters.
Alan has this message for the local youngsters who have football ambitions:
“We would say to them we want you to come to us and show it, work hard, train hard, get your ball out in the garden at every opportunity and hone your skills.”
“Let’s try and get one or two more Geordies playing in this fixture and in the team.” “Both North East clubs are doing great. And nationally the North East is getting targeted more in terms of media interest.”
“In the past the Tyne-Wear derby has been classed as just a local game, trust me. In London, they aren’t interested in it.” “Now there is more focus on it as they are still in the cup and we’re pushing for Europe.”
“Therefore we need to underline that the North East is healthy and that every young player has a chance to impress.”
We don’t think Newcastle will ever stop bringing players in from the French and maybe the German leagues, and even from places like South American, once the scouting network is built up over there.
But Alan is right that we need local lads in the Newcastle squad – that’s what the Newcastle fans identify with – and that’s in addition to other top players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote – amongst others.
Newcastle certainly have some good strategies in place at the club, and now they need to implement them impeccably.