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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