It was such a pity that Newcastle let in an equalizer last night in their game against Turkish giants Fenerbahce, because the lads may have got more praise for their performance – which was a very good one.
Mehdi Abeid – after scoring Newcastle’s goal last night
Newcastle looked a good side last night and to think that youngsters like James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Davide Santon and Dan Gosling all played some part last night, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has to be simply delighted at the performances of many of the Newcastle players.
We mention Dan Gosling as one of the youngsters, because after all he’s only just turned 22, and he had a good game against Fenerbahce last night.
And of course 19 year-old Medhi Abeid scored the Newcastle goal, and demonstrated what an excellent technical player he is, when he hit the back of the net, after brilliantly controlling the ball in the penalty area.
Mehdi made it look so easy (show-off), but I’ve twisted my leg and damaged myself in all kinds of ways, trying to do what he did in that brief second last night to control the ball. .
And yes, some of our big stars also looked good like Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse among others, but it was the youngsters who caught the eye, as they did on Monday night against Monacao.
It’s only two games, so we’ll not get too carried away, but the way the youngsters fitted into the way Newcastle play the game, is a massive clue that Alan Pardew and the coaches know exactly what they are doing on Tyneside.
Every single player last night knew exactly what their tole was and we watched the game on GOLTV and the American commentators were complimentary of the organziation Newcastle showed throughout the game.
Alan had said one of the next steps in making Newcastle a great club again, is having all the teams from the Youth sides to the first team play the same kind of way, and it seems they are well on their way to achieving that.
At the end of last night’s game we thought we already have a very decent squad and players like James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana can come in for the stars next season, and we might not even miss a beat.
The youngsters deserve great credit for the way they have performed so far in pre-season, and it seems we have one or two (or more) rough diamonds in the Newcastle squad these days.
That’s got to be very good for Newcastle’s future.
What do you think?