As we reported on Sunday a young Newcastle Reserves side won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens Tournament
Remie Streete – top local youngster coming through the ranks
Manager Willie Donachie and the lads are back on Tyneside after their very successful exploits in Hong Kong.
Donachie’s job is to bring the youngsters through from the Reserve side, and make the youngsters into first team players, and there is a priority to bring through some of the local lads too.
Willie talked about this today:
“These local lads won’t ever want to leave because they know what the clubs means and what happens to Newcastle really matters to them – because they are supporters themselves.”
“The club is in their hearts and that is so important. This famously worked for Sir Alex Ferguson with that famous team of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and the rest.”
“We really want to produce more home-grown players. That is vital for Newcastle United. I know that the fans want to see more local lads in the team and so do we. We have made massive steps forwards regarding this.”
“The more of these boys we get playing in the first team then the better it will be for the club.” “I don’t want to go over the top about the youth system, but we have some good kids now and we are taking big steps in the right direction.”
“For example, right now we have an excellent under-12 team and I would hope some of them would be in the side in eight or nine years time. Whether the manager or myself will still be here is debatable, although I hope we will be.”
“The win in Hong Kong was an invaluable experience. It was a really steep learning curve and they all came through it superbly.” “It’s a different world out there and they all acclimatised really well to play some great football.”
It’s always important to have some local lads playing in the first team, and we suppose we have Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi playing in the side at the moment.
Although Shola is usually a substitute these days and Steven missed more than half theof last seoan with his Achilles injury.
And we’ll see next season if Steven can win the right to start alongside Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, since Newcastle will be bringing in at least one top center-back this summer.
Of course Shola’s younger brother Sammy, who tunred 20 on May 1st, could well become atop player at Newcastle and we saw some definite signs of that last season.
But there are some other top local lads coming through the system, in Remie Streete and Adam Campbell, to name but two.
In fact 17 year-old 6’2″ Streete – born in South Shields - is so good that Alan Pardew has said the center-back could be training with the first team next season, and even be a part of the first team squad.
It’s good to get the local lads coming through at Newcastle, and hopefully we’ll see at least a couple of them make the big breakthrough to the first team squad over the next couple of seasons.