Newcastle seem to have some top youngsters coming through the ranks, and if two or three can come through this season, our squad may be a lot stronger than a lot of us think it is – here’s hoping.
Mehdi Abeid – after scoring in pre-season against Fenerbehce – gone missing
Youngsters who could come through this season include Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Mehdi Abeid and Adam Campbell.
Mehdi Abeid has been strangely missing in any squad this season, so we’re not sure what’s going on there, and if the 20 year-old cannot get a game at Newcastle this season , surely he should be sent out on loan.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has explained today that the Newcastle youngsters have the most to gain, when top class players are brought into the club:
“When you bring great players into a football club, the beneficiaries are the younger players.” “We are working on the younger group who are very important this year. We have the Manchester United game coming up where we are going to field some youngsters, and the European game where there will again be young squad players.”
“I have to prioritize somewhere down the line and the Premier League comes first, then the Europa League/FA Cup and then there is the League (Capital One) Cup.” “We have to be careful because we have been plunged into a busy period of six or seven games in quick succession.”
“We still want to win all our games and I will put out a side I think can win. It will be great to come up against Sir Alex. We’ve had a few nice tussles in the past.”
With things ramping up again after the International break, most of the Newcastle squad will be training today in preparation for our tough game on Monday night at Everton.
Although they will not include Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul and Fabricius Coloccini, who are all out injured, although it does seem that youngsters Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are fit again.
Alan Pardew will keep to his strategy of last year and field the youngsters in the three other competitions we are in, and field his strongest eleven for the Premier League games.
The bad news is that we’ll never win anything that way, as we pointed out this morning, but it’s good for the youngsters, because they’ll get quite a lot of games this season, especially if we have a good run in Europe.
But the more we think of it, it would be great if we can break our duck of the last 44 years and actually win something – or am I being delusional again? 😀
OK – where are those pills?
What do you think?
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