Newcastle are struggling in the league this season, and one of the reasons for that is our younger players have not come through to fortify the squad as much as Alan Pardew had hoped, and he has said today while they are good players who could easily play in the Championship, they have to improve if they are to play for Newcastle United.
Sammy Ameobi - one of Newcastle’s top young players
Alan Pardew was asked about his youngsters today, and this is what he had to say in the local press:
“It’s highlighted a problem we’re going to look into – our younger players.” “They’re going to have to do more work – they need to improve.” “All those young players are good players – they could play in the Championship, no problem.”
“But this is Newcastle, and they need to be better.” “We learnt a lot against Bordeaux.” “The young players are going to find out that they’re going to do a lot more work on the training ground.” “I’ve got to be honest – I was a little bit disappointed with them.”
“They’re all going to have extra work to do.” “We’ve got to make sure, out of this period we’ve had, that we learn some lessons.” “Not just myself and my coaching staff, but the players, the board and all my staff. We’re really going to push on now.”
Newcastle let go around 10 youngsters last summer, when they said the club would need to improve in the class of youngsters they are bringing through the ranks, and again this season the club have been disappointed that one or two of the youngsters have not been able to step up to the plate to play regularly for Newcastle this season.
Of course there’s still time for a couple of our best youngsters to come through, and this is certainly not the time to panic, but they will have to do that soon, otherwise we could again see a clear-out in the summer of some of both our fringe players and younger players.
This is now the time to produce for our youngsters if they are to have a career on Tyneside.
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