It’s An Unprecedented Opportunity For Newcastle’s Youngsters


Alan Pardew  will not play his first team in the Europa League this season, and he has been interviewed in today’s Sunday Sun by Mark Douglas, and Alan says he will give a chance to his top youngsters, and he thinks it’s an unprecedented opportunity for them at Newcastle this season, and they should take their opportunity with both feet.

Shane Ferguson – one of Newcastle’s top youngsters

This is nothing new, but it does give the youngsters at Newcastle a big chance in the first team this season, and hopefully some will take their chance and also start fighting for a first team starting place in the Premier League this  season.

This is what Alan said today:

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our young players. That is exactly what it is. And not only that they have a manager who is going to say ‘You are going to play.’”  “I have looked at the Europa League, and a lot of managers have tried to go with their first team and then play in the Premier League and it has cost them. I’m not going to do that.”

“I am going to be very risky in my selection and brave to a degree in the Europa League. So the young players like Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi have to be right. Fortunately, Haris Vuckic took his chance against Atromitos on Thursday night and I thought he played well.”  “James Tavernier will have learned a lot from the first game and I thought his reaction was good when he came on the other night.”

“It’s invaluable experience for the youngsters and all at a club that is difficult to play for. It has huge history and for a young player to come through is very difficult because of the size of the club and the standard of the players we have. It ain’t easy.”

“We are focusing on that development group and we have Peter Beardsley in there. And when they are not working with me they are working with great people. We have that under-21 league that is going to help us develop players. We have young players like Adam Campbell coming through.”

“That is how it has got to be at a big club. You look at Barcelona – eight first-team players have come through the Academy. You need time to put that in place. So far I have had 18 months and I am pretty pleased at the progress. As we go forward – hopefully with me – it will get better.”

Newcastle will live or die on their Youth Policy, and the efforts of Chief Scout Graham Carr and his merry men in bringing in unknown players to the club for peanuts.

We have done that with Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba to name but three over the last couple of years, and also made good deals to get other players into the club, like Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan and Ben Arfa.

But as we saw in the summer, that’s getting more  difficult to accomplish for Newcastle, and clubs have wised up that if Newcastle come after one of their players – he’s probably better than they thought – so they raise the price.

That happened with Mathieu Debuchy this summer, and Newcastle were simply unwilling to pay the extra €1M asked by his club Lille to get him to Tyneside, and that was disappointing.

Newcastle still have a squad that is thin at best, but presumably there’s money  left over to bring in new players in January, if the club can manage that, since it’s always difficult to get new players in midway through a season.

Maybe they will go for Douglas of FC Twente, who is a free agent next June, but what Newcastle do in January, will depend a lot on how well our top youngsters perform this season – that seems to be the crux of the matter.

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13 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s so very true what he says, but we’ve only just started kinda. 18 months… try 4 years.

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Reading between the lines here, he is saying, we have a paper thin squad because there was little investment therefore don’t expect to get out the group stages of the Europa League.

    Only plus side here is that it gives our youth players some great expirence.

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  • magicbus

    Sep 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Second off last paragraph you mention presumably theres money left over lol we have only spent 3 mill so there must be a hell of a lot unless its gone somewhere else. And we will still have the same problem in the January window with MA wanting everything on the cheap. We could have added at least Debuchy and we WOULD NOT have spent silly money on him. Just plain short sightedness and AP has his hands tied.

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  • jimiley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    There are some terrific juniors on the books so I suppose we will just have to be patient for 5 or 6 years. Hopefully the owner will not sell them. By the way, we spent 2 million in the summer. Not three. I spend more on beer!!!!!!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes, he wasn’t saying that a week ago. Very sad, because with one or two quality additions we would have been well in the mix- you know, to win our first major trophy since 1968!!!!

    Talk about failing to see the bigger picture.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    it is obvious he has no option but to play the kids. it will pards excuse for when we get knocked out. I thought he was in it to win it- seemed to change his mind all of a sudden.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    My biggest criticism of the club is not transfer related but academy related.

    They say they want to develop their own, sign youngsters and bring them through to avoid silly money being paid on ready made players.

    If that’s true why did they not ensure the academy was up to scratch to get level one status and not level two.

    Sunderland and Middlesbrough got them so what has our club done wrong.

    That’s my issue with the current regime.

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  • Andymax

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Not much incentive for the senior players who played well last season to get into Europe to be told they will not be playing.

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  • Graeme

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Well, thats one way of covering your arse when the men in suits have failed to provide the needed reinforcements in the weakest areas of the team!!

    Everyone has known for at least a year that we need a CB and a FB as an absolute minimum!!

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  • bills-son

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed says we have squad that is thin at best but when we only fielded four first team players on Thursday he said the team looked strong??

    We’ve got three centre half’s plus Good, two full backs plus Perch, Anita and Tavernier who can play there, three CF’s plus HBA and Oba who can play behind one up front and plenty of cover in midfield.

    A squad that is thin at best?? Nonsense. If that was the case we would have needed another five or six players not the one or two more that fans were shouting for.

    And I havent even mentioned Sammy, Fergie, Bigi or Vuckic.

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I for one am excited to see some youth players get a chance. Bigi looks decent, who is to say he cannot perform in an EPL match unless he hasn’t been given a chance..?

    Also, agreem with bills-son.

    Perch, as an example, has done great recently. Who would have that a year or so ago..

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  • naptoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    our great youth policy meant our academy did not even achieve grade 1 status. thank you mr ashley.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    nap @ 12 – i thought our acadamy was grade 1 status ??????

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