Jonas Gutierrez is a big believer in the Newcastle youngsters, and they again impressed in the 4-1 win at Gateshead last night with Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano all catching the eye at the International Stadium.
Romain Amalfitano in action last night
New boy Curtis Good got 79 minutes in the game, and looked like very comfortable at the back for the Magpies, and he was then substituted, and we have to think he’ll get some playing time on Saturday afternoon against Den Haag in Holland.
The goal-scorers for Newcastle were Abeid 6 minutes, Amalfitano 23 minutes, Newton 71 minutes and Maddison 72 minutes, with the Gateshead goal coming from Cummins after 28 minutes.
It appears that Alan Pardew will use his top youngsters in the Europa League games next season, and those would include new boy Curtis Good, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier, and some of the youngsters could be forcing their way into first team action as the season progresses.
We certainly hope so because if we can get one or two youngsters coming through big time this season, that will certainly help the cause.
Curtis Good in Newcastle’s black and white colors last night
Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez believes the young players at Newcastle can get more and more first team action, if they continue the progress they have shown in pre-season:
This is what Jonas told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I am happy to be one of the senior men. The years go by and you grow up which is good.” “Now we have a lot of young players in the squad so it is good to have a chat with them.”
“They have to learn about the Premier League but from working with them I can say that they have a really, really good future.” “We have a big group of young players so if they learn and try to improve, they can be very big in the future for Newcastle United.”
“Maybe this season too, because we don’t have the biggest squad.” “With Europe too we have a lot of games and I think all of the players are going to be part of it this season.”
“We have a really good team spirit but we have to focus in pre-season to work hard, to gel together and to move forward because it’s going to be a long season.”
And one disappointment yesterday for Alan Pardew was that he had a number of his top players were called up for International duty – Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Demba Ba, Tiote and Coloccini – and the games are on the Wednesday before the season starts, and they are all friendlies.
You would be hard pressed to find a date that is more inconvenient for Premier League clubs – and they will have to wait and see if their players return uninjured from those games.
But it seems a little silly to play these Internationals at such a daft time for the clubs – who after all, are the ones who pay the player’s wages.
What do you think?