After the game last night Alan Pardew talked about young Curtis Good, the 19 year-old Australian defender, who played the last 15 minutes of the game and looked very poised at the back.
Curtis Good in action at Gateshead last week
The Newcastle manager was pleased with many performances of the Newcastle players at Hartlepool, and he had this to say when asked about the young Australian U20 International:
“He’s a naturally left footed center-half and that’s unusual, and that’s why we paid that money for him.” “He’s a young player and has a lot to learn but he can also play at left-back.”
“He showed he’s very very tidy with the ball, and all he’s got to do now is get used to the physical side of this game which I think he’s going to grasp, and fingers crossed for that.
With those words from Alan, you’ve got to think he believes that Curtis can challenge for the left-back position in the side, maybe in the second half of the season.
And it’s not dissimilar to when Sebastian Bassong landed on Tyneside from Rennes after a one week trial under then manager Kevin Keegan, in the summer of 2008.
The defender arrived from FC Metz for about £500K and forced himself into the side very early in the season, first of all at left back and then at center-back, and during our relegation year, Bassong was easily our Player of the Season.
But the Cameroon International has not fared too well at Tottenham, since he went there in the summer of 2009 for £8M, and only yesterday new manager Andre Villas-Boas said the defender was available for transfer.
That’s what happens when you leave Newcastle. 😀
We still haven’t fully replaced Jose Enrique at left-back yet, but hopefully Davide Santon will continue to improve as he gets used to the physical nature of the Premier League, but don’t be surprised if the young Australian pushes for a place at left-back in the coming season.
But if he can show through quickly next term, then Good will certainly help fortify the Newcastle defense, but of course he needs time to settle in his new abode, and to get used to all the things that are new to him at the moment.
He’ll certainly be given time to settle in by Alan and the rest of the Newcastle coaching staff, but we have very high hopes of what Curtis Good can achieve on Tyneside.