Even if Newcastle don’t sign any players in the summer, which will not be the case of course, the club has some excellent talent coming through.
A good close-up of 20 year-old Sammy Ameobi
Newcastle have youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier coming through from the youth ranks, and we will also see a fit Sylvain Marveaux next season.
And the French u21 International could look like a new player next term.
Sammy Ameobi was impressive before he picked up his knee injury, and the 20 year-old appeared 13 times with one goal for Newcastle last season, and picked up a couple of England U21 caps too.
And Assistant Manager John Carver thinks Sammy will be stronger next season:
“Sammy’s had one of those breakthrough seasons, to a degree,”
“The injury’s sort of hampered his progress, but next year’s a big year for him. He’s grown another inch, as well – he’s about 6ft 8ins!”
“Sammy and Ferguson are the two from within who have really been a bonus for me.”
It’s true tha Sammy is now taller than he used to be – he was listed at 6’3″ at the start of last season - and now he’s listed at half an inch over 6’4″.
It must be that growth hormone stuff in those McDonald’s hamburgers.
But he is now over two inches taller than his brother Shola, so the 30 year-old had better watch out with young Sammy from now on.
Sammy was always hard to defend against, with those gangly legs of his, and with him being even taller now, it will not make it any easier for the opposing defenders.
We know Alan Pardew was disappointed that not enough youngsters were coming through the Academy into the first team squad, and that led to about 12 young players being released this summer from the Newcastle Development squad.
But on the other hand, we have these top lads coming into the first team pool, and Sammy could be a nice surprise again next season, and it helps that Newcastle will have additional games in Europe.
Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid have to show through next season, and we expect Shane Ferguson to get a lot more games.
Shane looked a very good player at the end of last season, and we also think that young James Tavernier might surprise fans next term, by how good he has become out on loan.
There’s no doubt things are looking up at Newcastle these days – big time!