Many Newcastle Youngsters Really Impressed On Tour


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. :D.

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?

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49 comments so far

  • nufc.romania

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    i’ll like the youngster they are class, i’ll think we can go after kurt zouma from saint etienne if douglas wont come, hes only 17 years old and is a 1st team starter. what do you think ?

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Where is Nile ranger? I know he has been a nightmare but the kid has so much potential. If he has been left at home then i guess we will try permenantly ship him out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Being the back end of a pantomime horse after Dereks been on the vindaloo is too good for Ashley.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Still think we’d be better off signing a Sturridge/Loic Remy type forward than AC.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    The youngsters did very well on the tour, but it still doesnt hide the fact that we do NEED a dominant CB to play alongside Collo. With Saylor back to fitness (at some point this year) we will have some strength in depth again!!

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  • Graeme

    Jul 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    JFA pmsl – far too vivid for a Sunday morning mate, havent had brekky yet

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Tavernier stood out for me last night. Great player and i think this kid will go far. Sammy Ameobi was also excellent last night. He will be another gem for us.

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Mehdi has filled out a bit, hasn’t he.
    A beast – and still very young.

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  • DannyA

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    1st ov all congrats 2 Ed well done big lad thats great news!!

    now are there any liable sources that we have made an approach 4 remy at the min as much as id love 2 have a player ov his stature around tyneside i cant see it happenin imagine the wages the kid wants 2 start wiv u never spend 15 mil on a player and he asks 4 40 grand a week lol
    sturridge wud be mint but im gunna put it solely down to the fact he wont wanna leave London most footie players in London dont like leavin the area we have seen it so many times with Defoe!
    and i think they may be a breakthrough wiv big AC this week after he meets up with Liverscum on pre-season we will know by the end ov the week i rekon and also we shud be wrappin up Debuchy this week oh! and not forgettin Scharner lol who by the sounds ov this blog is dyin 2 sign on the dotted line haha!

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Its begger belief that people on here slate shola and simpson, then they start to enquire about ranger and saying he has potential, potential of being a gangster a trouble maker and is currently waiting for an appearance in court. wish you would give your head a shake.

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    future looks good
    but we need to build on what we had last season and in order to do so,we need some first team players.
    I would also like to mention we are running out of time.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    @nufc83
    Ranger has been left at home, yes.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Sturridge is an unrealistic target.

    He wants to leave chelsea as he sees himself as a central striker but chelsea play him wide right.

    He is a terrible wide right as well….too selfish, rarely crosses he ball just shoots, wants to score so he can play through the middle.

    He would start ahead of cisse or ba for me so he would either be on the bench or unhappily playing out wide (a position he has been dropped from as he doesnt track back).

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Couldn’t give a toss about what he does outside of the game u nugget. The lad clearly has potential and im not saying he should be playing just wondering where he is.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    meant he wouldn’t start ahead of cisse or ba

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  • @timuJ

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

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    I play pretty seriously so join it if you’re up for the challenge.

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  • alka

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Watched the match on ESPN and was impressed with the team overal.However 3 who didn’t impress were Obertan (same as last season) Vukic( way off the pace) and Leslie who just didn’t give me any confidence

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #18

    ranger does not have potential

    he has 2 goals in 49 first team appearances…..that is terrible for a youngster

    simple thing is if he was good enough he would be in the team….he is 21 now, not just some 16 year old kid.

    he just is’t good enough technically or mentally

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  • colwell

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Sammy was awesome when he came on last night. The injury’s that Vuckic keeps getting has seemed to stop his progress he looked very poor.

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  • ToonUnited

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyone heard about Allen possibly wanting to leave Swansea? Great you player and can be creative in a more attacking midfield role and only young still? Would be an amazing signing if he is at the right price!

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Mbiwa to Milan apparently for €6 million?

    what the hell are we doing?

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  • Graeme

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    To be honest, Bambi has been a great player for NUFC for years and years, but he is off the pace and, quite frankly, too old. He will make a brilliant impact sub, especially against the unwashed from the dark place. But a regular starter, he just isnt.

    A younger striker is need who can play every week if needed and although my initial reaction to AC coming back was less than favourable, I can see why Pardeau would be very interested at £10-12 million. I would by far prefer a “Bellamy” type player though, a fox-in-the-box who can feed off Ba/ Cisse as well as make his own mark in the goal scoring charts.

    As long as he doesnt have Bellars attitude problems, it would be a good type of player to have on board!!

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    @colwell
    Ye, Sammy looks a different level altogether. Him over Obertan if Obertan keep those perfomances up.
    Vuckic needs to keep fit all next season, get games, then he’ll grow into it quickly imo, but if he has more injuries, then it’ll come to a full stop.
    Shame tho.

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Nufc_83 wondered if this would hit a nerve, and as a child you came back with calling me a nugger. I could come back with better insults but choose not to.

    @ Rich_toonfan nicely put and very true, Nufc_83 take note of his comment and learn,

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    I didn’t say sign Sturridge or Remy but sign somebody like them (in their mould). I think Luc Castaignos would be the ideal forward for us as he’s young, quick, strong & a good finisher.

    Do you really think AC at 23 would want to come sit on the bench and play every now and again?

    Castaignos though at 19 would be a perfect option as he would be able to develop even more in development team games & cup games as he at his age would not expect to start but he would be ready if called up upon.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    @oldgit

    I dont mind people having their own opinions and discussing things but the stats show ranger isn’t up to it.

    He is the same age as balotelli…thats a player with potential.

    You need to be a regular member of the squad at 21 really…otherwise I can’t see them coming through…very very few players blossom late, its rare.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    @supertoonkid

    Castaignos is leaving for first team football…so I imagine he would want to start a air bit.

    I think Carroll would be different, seems to have had a miserable time of it away so might be happy to be back.

    Think Carrll would also be a good parter to play alongside cisse or ba on a 4-4-2/ 4-1-2-1-2

    would be an option if we go 2 up top.

    On a slightly related note regarding formations.

    I always found it funny on sky when stoke play 4-4-2 thats how the show it on the build up

    when man city or utd go 4-4-2…they always show it as a 4-4-1-1 even if it is a 4-4-2 and then talk about how they use this formation as they are more technical and forward thinking when in reality it is the same

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #28

    I went to alot a few of the reserve games last season and the only player that looked a class above that level was vuckic, hes a cm not a cf were he was playing last night. Am i the only one who thinks sammy was ball greedy last night and missed alot of easy balls through to cisse, cisse and shola were constantly shouting at him for not passing (still think hes going to be a good player, i watched his game for the u21s and him and the ox stood out). Tavernier played v well last night, bigi was decent and thats the first time ive seen abeid play am and he did v well and was cool infront of goal.

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29

    @ rich_toonfan Only player who developed late was Sir les that i can recall. no doubt it is not out of the realms of possibilities that ranger may make it but believe he has burnt all his bridges with AP and coaching staff.
    We appear to have a very good blend of youngsters coming in and are trouble free. exciting days ahead.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    wonder if since Malaga are in severe financial problems will we get Rondon .. I reckon watch this space..

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    @oldgit

    think people deserve a couple of chances but ranger seems to not have taken any of the numerous ones he has been given.

    its a simple concept to me….if you get in trouble when you go out, dont go out.

    He has enough money, could easily have friends round, go out and do anything other than spend the night in clubs..

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Joe Allens going to Liverpool for around £15million.. Which is weird considering Rodgers isnt allowed to buy Swansea players unless another club makes an offer first

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Ranger is a complete pleb. Gangster my ar*e! Bad attitude yes, WANNABE gangster yes. I’d rather have andy carroll back than this waste of space, and for those that know my feelings on AC that’s a big statement!

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  • ToonUnited

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #34

    @GeordieToon89 ah well, he still looks good but for 15 mil just not worth a look then!
    Anyone know how Elliot played in goal last nigh

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #35

    @sweendog

    they are owned but a super rich Qatari.

    And Joe Allen is good but not as good as some pundits make him out…..he wouldn’t be a bad addition but too expensive for what he is.

    Never know how true these things are…im sure they cant stop liverpool bidding….this happened a few years ago, cant remember the club and i’m sure fifa found it unlawful and against there own rules.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #36

    Apparently AP sees Tav as a future CB…

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  • Offkey

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #37

    On AC……..

    Initially I was sceptical, didnt want him back or the potential of hoofball, but I think he would be an ideal partner for Cisse.

    Cisse plays on the shoulder of the last man (shown by his offside rate for previous teams). Any decent flick-ons and hes in on goal. Cisse also seems to like scoring from balls bobbling round the box and I can see Cisse scoring those Nolan type goals.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Ranger was quality in the championship season ok his goalscoring record isn’t the best but his hold up play was outstanding. I will say now that if a club take the risk with him he Will be a good player and i think he Will eventually be prem standard if he manages to continue playing professional football that is.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #39

    Well that’s the trouble tho. The daft plank jus can’t keep out of trouble. You don’t waste opportunities like that in life and ranger has pi55ed them all away. Its fustrating for everybody, probably especially his family as no doubt they want the best for him. But the guy’s a complete tool. And newcastle don’t humour fools these days

    So why we in for carroll again haha (couldn’t resist it)

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  • surreytoon

    Jul 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #40

    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, pets give him the backing he needs to build his confidence!

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