Pardew Not Despondent On Injuries – Relies On Youth

It would seem that how Newcastle do this year could be dependent on how some of our top youngsters perform when they get their chance in the side, and it seems they will certainly get their chance with manager Alan Pardew this season.

Gael Bigirimana – has looked great for Newcastle at only 18

Newcastle have made an average start to the season in their results, but a poor start ion terms of injuries with Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini all injured at the moment.

And it could be that Ryan Taylor is out for a long time, maybe all season even, with the serious cruciate ligament injury to his knee, but the other three should return in a matter of weeks, which is in itself – good news.

Newcastle are a club who have concentrated on Youth since early 2008, when owner Mike Ashley set up the Youth System at Newcastle and we started to scour Europe for top young players.

Alan Pardew has never been shy of giving youth a chance in his 21 months at Newcastle, which is good, and players like Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier all appear ready for first team action.

This is what Alan said about the Newcastle youngsters today:

“So far I think the younger group have come through well when we have had injuries.” “Look at Bigi, he’s done terrifically when he’s come in, Tav did OK, Haris has done well and we’ve still got Sammy Ameobi and Fergie, they’re fit now.”

“That’s armed me a bit more, especially for all the games we’ve got.” “I’m not despondent about the injuries we have picked up, I think that during the a course of your tenure as manager you’re going to lose two or three key players. That’s happened to us.”

“I think results have been solid. I think performances haven’t been as good as I would have liked at this stage. But all teams at the start of the season are feeling their way.”

We’re looking for a good performance at Goodison Park on Monday night against an in-form Everton side, and a win or a draw there would both be excellent results.

We then travel on Thursday to play Maritimo in the Europa League in Madeira, and that game is being broadcast live around the world, as well as the Everton game.

Newcastle then welcome Norwich City and Chris Hughton to St. James Park the following Sunday afternoon for a game we should be able to win, and we hope Chris doesn’t have an unpleasant surprise in store for us.

It will be great to see Chris back at Newcastle again, and fans will get the chance to thank him for everything he did while he was at the club – including getting us promoted at the first attempt from the Championship, when we amassed an amazing 102 points and 30 wins – and started our comeback to the top.

We’ve come a long way since then, and after finishing 5th last season in the league, we still think the club is on the move upwards.

Howay The Lads!!

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10 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed you should do a article on Alan Pardew. From what ice noticed, I think pardew will be one of the few respected coaches in the EPL in 3 years time. With FFP coming in, Alan giving youth chances in the first team, our future looks good – so good that I can see us winning the PL in 5 years time. Mike Ashley isn’t doing a bad job either, investing in youth and getting bargain deals on really good players, brought more stability to the club and putting us in a healthy financial position. Imagine when the FFP comes in full effect, clubs will need to balance books and cut their wage bill and who will be there to Pick up the pieces? Not man city, not Chelsea but us. Athletic balbio is in the crap, I’m hoping mike is waiting is for a cut price deal on falco 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said mate

  • nico

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Financial Fair Play Regulations…………..
    Will they ever be enforced? Man City have so far got around this by sponsoring the outside of their staium for 300million. Man Utd should be okay because of the amount of money they make. Chelsea havea Russian owner, and we all know how they go about their business. Arsenal are a well run club. I think we will be a higher ranked club in 5 years but won’t win the Prem.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Well, he”s going to put a positive spin on things, isn’t he. However, it doesn’t alter that we do appear quite weakened when we have injuries to our established first team players.

    It does of course give our youngsters a chance to gain valuable experience and that is obviously excellent and can have very positive outcomes. It also gives some of our fringe first team players more game time, Gosling, Marveaux, Amalfi etc all need first team exposure to stay sharp and press their claims.

    I’m always a little apprehensive when our key players are missing, but it is also really good to see the full squad play.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Spot on.
    Which parts of RVD’s post did you agree with? Were there any parts you didn’t agree with?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Why does it really having anything at all to do with you?

    You dont think its inportant to build a solid spine for the team? Weve bought in the quality to stabalise the club for the present and were building a strong spine for the club with the youth players were bringing in

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    I appreciate fan frustration with injuries but the main focus of the transfer window was to retain our key players and to add strength with the purchase of young talent. Ashley has a plan to build a self perpetuating squad with promotion from within and therby with limited transfer expenditure. Our diligence in the market will increasingly be in pursuit of players like Bigi, Good
    and Amalfitano. Those who continue to question his motives some weeks after the window has closed need to look at the bigger picture. Those fans who regularly watch the reserves/Academy know how good the youngsters are. Be patient and the plan will come to fruition. Mind you i can’t see us winning the EPL in five years. It might take a decade.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Your confusing me with another poster. Give your heed a shake laddie.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Your getting seriously boring lad

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Pushy, I think the focus of the last transfer window was to bring in 2 to 3 quality, experienced young players that would immediately improve the first team squad for the extra demands of the coming season and to consolidate after an excellent season. This in addition to the established ongoing pursuit of emerging young talent.


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