The really bright spot for Newcastle so far in pre-season is the performance of a number of the top youngsters on Tyneside, with players like James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi all looking good in the pre-season games.
James Tavernier – has been impressive in pre-season
And the news yesterday was that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will use the top youngsters in the Europa league this season, as well as fringe players like Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, so most players in the squad should get playing time in the coming season.
And it’s hardly surprising that other clubs, mainly in the Championship, would be more than willing to take any of those players on loan, but it looks like Alan Pardew will resist that temptation, with the youngsters needed to help Newcastle this season.
This is what Alan told the Newcastle Journal today:
“The young players are another year down the line – the likes of Tav - James Tavernier - and Sammy Ameobi in particular.” “Those two have been outstanding. Mehdi got his first goal for the club and Haris showed his quality.”
“They’re the players that this tour is all about.” “The senior players are ahead of the game.” “But the younger players are showing they have the quality to play here.”
Cardiff City want to take Haris Vuckic on loan again, after he impressed with them when he went on loan for a couple of months last season, but Haris was then recalled by the Newcastle manager to fortify the Newcastle squad for the run-in to the season.
There will be a number of clubs interested in Tavs, since he has starred out on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and the MK Dons over the last eighteen months, and now he seems to be starring for Newcastle in pre-season.
And don’t forget this lad, who is still only 20, played really well on tour last summer in America, so we would have to say that James has been the pleasant surprise so far this summer, although it’s hardly a surprise really.
And Gael Bigirimana looks like a great player in the making, and on Saturday he came on for Cheick Tiote in that second half against Fenerbahce, and Newcastle didn’t seem to miss a beat, and that reflects well on the 18 year-old, who looks like he could turn out be a fantastic signing for the Magpies.
So it’s all very positive so far this summer with our youngsters - and that Youth Policy Mike Ashley put in place over four years ago, seems to be paying off.
What do you think?
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