Alan Pardew To Play Youngsters In Europa League

As we’ve talked about before, the very first week of the season will be very tough for Newcastle, and we play a home game against Tottenham on Saturday 18th August, and then a first game of a two-legged tie to get Newcastle qualification into the Europa League group stages, and then on the following Saturday Newcastle are at Chelsea.

Alan Pardew in the new look training gear

The European game is scheduled for the Thursday in between the two Premier League games against an unnamed opponent.

So it will be very tough for Newcastle, and it’salso very important we qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.

And for the first  time Alan Pardew has come out and told the Sunday Sun today, that he will have to play some Newcastle youngsters in the Europa League games, since the Premier League is Newcastle’s number one priority next season.

This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun from Vienna today:

“The first week could not be worse for us really.” “The activities in London and the Notting Hill Carnival means the game can’t be moved.” “There’s nothing we can do about that.”

“It’s our first European game and then two days later at Stamford Bridge for a tough game.” “I can’t see me playing the same team in both games. Physically it is almost impossible.”

“I might even leave five players behind and not make them travel because I’m hoping the squad is going to be good enough for two competitions.”

Alan is referring in that first sentence to Newcastle’s request to have the Chelsea game put back to the Sunday, but that has been denied by the Metropolitan Police because of the Notting  Hill Carnival taking place.

We suppose there’s not many other alternatives for Alan, since it’s clear the Premier League is number one, and so it seems a lot of Newcastle’s best youngsters could see themselves playing in Europe next season.

That has to be a big boost for them, and if last night’s performance is anything to go by, they can get the job done for Newcastle United next season.

It doesn’t get much better for Newcastle if we do reach the groups stages of the Europa League,  because we’ll then play on a Thursday night,  and then have a Premier League game the following Sunday afternoon.

But it’s yet another reason why Alan and the Newcastle board must strengthen the squad with say four new senior players this summer.

What do you think about this?

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31 comments so far

  • surreytoon

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Any experienced striker e.g De Jong will see we have Ba and Cisse and think twice about joining as they will want to be a first choice sriker. That of course assumes Ba is staying.

    Therefore I think we need a circa 20 year old up and coming striker who could make the breakthrough and can play in the European games and if and when ACON deprives us of our regular 2.

    I may be wrong, but can you name a striker who would come in for 8-10m who wants to fight it out with Ba and Cisse?

    Re a CB, Tavs looked good but as Pardew said, we need a tall stong and experienced CB who can score goals and that aint Tavs. Douglas situation is strange, only thing I can hope is that his comments about staying are an attempt by him and NUFC to scare Twente into selling him now in haste rather than let him leave on a free in a year.

    Simpson is decent, but when he moves forward his lack of confidence means he plays short passes sideways or back thus we fail to capitalise on an attecking opportunity; Debuchy would try to penetrate or pass more effectively.

    Santon is ina similar place to Enrique in his first season, lacking a bit of confidence, lets hope he comes good.

    Bigi and Abeid were very decent last night; Sammy though looked even better, showing nice touches and the ability to pick a great pass. Vuckic had an average one, but things can change very quickly for a young player, lets give him the backing he needs to build his confidence!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Bit off topic but ut shiukd have been Rob Elliott sent out on loan last year instead of Harps.

  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    What to f*** has happened to the Sunday sun lately??

    It used to have transfer news every week.
    It’s been gash for the last load of weeks now…

  • pbNcl

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m starting to feel a little nervous. But then I remember king pardew controls our ship and the master tactician can gan toe to toe with any manager and crew! Come on the fackin toon

  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5


    Yeah i agree with you there mate. I think Elliot needs to be loaned for atleast half a season to get some form as Harps is still very capable in covering Krul.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree about the striker

    look at man utd….they had rooney and berbatov so they brough in hernandez…unproven outside mexico so he was happy to slowly get into the team…and now wellbeck…a kid from the academy.

    The only ay you have 3/4 ready made top strikers is if you are a huge club in the champs league or pay man city/chelsea wages….and even then it doesnt guarantee the players are happy.

  • pbNcl

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    The sunday sun will always be gash my friend. But I’m guessin the journo’s are as confused as the rest of us!

  • Offkey

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree Elliott may have benefited more, and I’m not his biggest fan, but some blame him for the goal last and I cant agree.

    First off, prior to the goal we lost shape (probably for the first time). Our midfield was no where to be seen, abeid seemed to be out of puff and was slow getting back and that allowed them to put us under some pressure. This culminated in the shot that I thought Tav ma have done better stopping

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Hey all,

    First let me just say a big congratulations to you Ed on the health update. i couldn’t be happier for you.

    On the NUFC scenario I have full confidence in the young bairns to do a job if the balance of the team is right. We need to blend experience with the young players but I don’t think we have the numbers in the squad. A quality CM is really needed. Pieters would be a good shout for us I think and push santon over to the right. Surprised we didn’t go in for Barnetta as we were previously linked and he was on a free.
    It’s frustrating as every window we seem to want to make a profit first and improve the team second. Its really frustrating we could have had De Jong and Douglas wrapped up but for our penny pinching.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m not sure how we can afford to loan out a keeper.

    We need two, one to start and one for the bench.
    If either of them is injured we need the third!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Whoa John,
    You cant go saying things like that you’ll have the blog police all over you there son.

  • ochytoon

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone else starting to feel nervous about this coming season now? Our squad is so thin it’s ridiculous.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Strange but true?
    Good that Fenerbahce scored last night.

    Wake up call in a game that doesn’t matter.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    yes John tut tut.

    OV won’t stand for your negativity, they’ll hound you off the blog. #wheredidallthegoodpostersgo

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16


    We are thin especially the fact we have europa league…. still waiting for 3 first team signings, almost a case of them not even happening….I kinda made peace with it….

  • RobertNufc25

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Aye it’s been even more gash than it usually

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18

    ‘he (Pardew) will have to play some Newcastle youngsters in the Europa League games, since the Premier League is Newcastle’s number one priority next season.’

    Of course it is, ’cause the Toon have to chase a European spot – then get knocked out of Europe with an understrength side ’cause the Prem is the number one priority ’cause the Toon have to chase a European spot – then get knocked out of Europe with an understrength side ’cause the Prem is the number one priority ’cause the Toon have to chase a European spot – then get knocked out of Europe with an understrength side ’cause the Prem is the number one priority ’cause the Toon have to chase a European spot…… etc. ad nauseum.

    I think this is called a sustainable business model these days. But what do I know, I always though winning trophies was the aim?

  • magpiebop

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Our priority is the league…..

  • Edmond

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    From last nights performance i think our younger players could deffinetly produce in europa, Bigi i think is first team standard he looked well last night confident too! Sameobi also looked good! i think in the next two seasons our team will be a very strong side with our young players coming through the ranks

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    No way is bigi first team standard yet imo very raw for me.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    does any1 no when we are drawn for europa leuge

  • outsidethebox

    Jul 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    after watching game last night and pardieus comments
    imagine the euro team could look like
    simpson (if debouchy signs) tav williamson rtaylor
    amafitano bigi abeid vukic
    sammy and shola …

  • toonincheek

    Jul 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    spotlight –
    The league is No. 1 priority to get CL.
    Europa takes second place.

    NUFC-83 –
    That’s not your first post I’ve seen from you on Biri. General opinion was he was quite good last night.
    OK, so your ‘not ready for the first team’ may be strictly correct, but you present it in a neg way.
    Biri is 18, new to NUFC, new to this standard of football, and I’m sure AP would have told him to not try to do too much, just concentrate on defence and being solid.
    He did that and, considering his age/experience, I was very very impressed.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    I can’t remember ever posting about bigi before apart from saying he is a good prospect and the future is bright so that post was a fail.

  • pawl250

    Jul 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    I thought Bigi was awesome last night, and against Monaco. Ok he started slow against Monaco he looks a little light weight but hes 18. As the game went on I felt like I was watching a mini Tiote. This guy has massive potential and could possibly end up being BETTER than Tiote. Certainly a great buy to add depth to our current squad.

    I like that we are putting faith in our younger players. Arsenal do it and then they have the likes of Van Perise, Fabregas, Song, Oxe play games and improve with experience. It can only help, although it will be a massive risk if it pays off you have a stronger team, that are very young!

    My opinion has always been we need Debuchy and Douglas to replace Simpson and Williamson. I will also say we need a young striker, not a world renowned one just someone needing a chance. That is all we need anyone saying we need to add 5-6 players is stupid really. Maybe in January we can aim for a left back for back up but for now we have a decent squad that need some minor improvement.

    I would like to see DOUGLAS AND DEBUCHY come in they are key. If that happens I would call this window a success!

  • F. U. Ashley

    Jul 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #27

    The best players sign for clubs that are playing champions league/europa league football, that’s where they want to be playing – not just league football every week. I can’t see our top players being too happy about not playing in europe after getting us there. Yes we need the full squad for all competitions but there won’t be that many changes to the first team for games in europe – 2 or 3 changes maybe with the regulars on the bench in case they’re needed.

  • toonincheek

    Jul 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #28

    NUFC-83 –
    My bad – it wasn’t you.
    The comment you made that I didn’t like was about Ranger, I think.
    You said that you didn’t care what our players did off th field . . . .
    I do. They represent NUFC.
    Are you saying you don’t mind the antics that Ranger and Carroll get up to off the field?

  • HullMag6

    Jul 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Fixture congestion and no chance in shifting a match then yes youths the way. As long as they don’t get their arses kicked in 1st leg and 1st team can finish the job off in 2nd leg HWTL.

    Get the signings done, so we know who/when/how.then premier & Europa league. Bring it on!

  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    F#CK the police

  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Vital to get some players through the door if we’re going to juggle both competitions and do well in them both. If we sign a new CB in perhaps Douglas, then we’ll have maybe Douglas or Steven Taylor available for Europa League, which would be good. And if we had somebody like Andy Carroll, a strong physical striker, he should do well in Europe. Add to that Debuchy, and a central midfielder. Then with a few more youngsters coming through, that should be enough to see Newcastle have a very good season. If Liverpool can come close to winning two trophies, it shouldn’t be such a hard thing to imagine, given the direction Newcastle are travelling, for them to be able to win something.


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