One of the reasons that Newcastle didn’t being in more players during the summer – in addition to being too frugal – was there was a sense at the club that the many good Newcastle’s youngsters could take up the slack – and they would be given their chance in Europe and in the Premier League this season.
Shane Ferguson – still has a future at Newcastle
But what happened is that our youngsters have been disappointing, and simply couldn’t get the job done for the club when they were needed most – so after an influx of five French players this month – our top youngsters will now be loaned out – so they can get some valuable first team playing time.
Alan Pardew has stressed he still has faith in the youngsters:
“I still have high hopes for Sammy, for Fergie.” “It’s a good question at this time, because I think they need to go out and get eight or nine games under their belt, perhaps at Championship level, to get their confidence back.”
“They’ve had to come into a losing situation and we’ve had to ask three or four of them to go into the team and pick us up. It’s very, very difficult that. I have some sympathy for them.” “There is a route and Adam Campbell is another one who is actually very unlucky not to travel with this group because he’s been doing really well in training.”
“The most ideal situation for this club is to produce our own and we’ll be looking at that very, very strongly in the summer in terms of trying to improve that area.”
It’s also clear that the lads will be given more chances at Newcastle – and to be fair to them – it’s always hard for youngsters to come into a side that is struggling – and we have been struggling since early November – and lost the vast majority of our games.
But we’ve seen players like 21 year-old Paul Dummett, 19 year-old Curtis Good and 20 year-old Brad Inman prosper out on loan recently at St. Mirren, Bradford and Crewe Alexandra respectively, and there’s no reason why Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson cannot have outstanding loan spells through the end of the season.
Then they will have a chance – maybe their last chance next season – to prove they are potential Newcastle first team players once pre-season rolls around in July.
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