We’ve all heard now of the purple group of players at Newcastle – those are the first teamers who are top stars and generally start games – such as the likes of Coloccini, Krul, Cabaye, Ben Arfa and the like – players of top class who play regularly in the first team.
Kevin Mbabu – more players like Kevin are coming to Newcastle
But news today in the Newcastle Journal that Mike Ashley wants to recruit as many as nine new players this summer – who will fit into two different groups below the purple group.
One is a group just below the purple group of players, such as Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good, Adam Campbell, Haris Vuckic and newly acquired Massaido Haidara – who are players still developing but who are likely to become first team players in the near future.
Note that group hasn’t performed well this season, because when a lot of our younger players did have a chance in the first team, with so many first team players out injured – they simply didn’t perform, and we may see some of them leaving the club in the summer – and a number of them are now out on loan – which is good, because they will be getting some first team experience.
There will also be a third group of younger players – those such as our new acquisition Kevin Mbabu, a 17-year-old defender who comes very highly rated, and that group will be younger players who the club think have the skill and the character to eventually become first team players at Newcastle United.
And notice that character is a big thing, because we have to have strong personalities who can play for a club like Newcastle United, which is high-profile, and with their fantastic fan support – they demand that players always give 100% when they play in the famous black and white shirts of Newcastle.
Newcastle want to get in as many as nine players to go with the already acquired Mbabu, and we just lost out on 19 year-old Florian Thauvin of Bastia, when he went to Lille, in spite of a decent bid of £3M being made by Newcastle last month.
The fact is that Newcastle have not done well over the last five years in pinpointing good young talent, and we don’t have many young players we’ve signed over the last five years that have become first team regulars – in fact we have none.
We have a number of them who have failed such as Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera, Ole Soderberg and Tamas Kadar as just a few examples of young players signed with huge potential but who just didn’t come through at the club.
It’s an area that Newcastle have room to improve in – and if we had done a better job over the last few years with our young talent, we wouldn’t have had to suddenly bring in four top players in four days last month – it was a bit of a panic move – but in retrospect a brilliant one by owner Mike Ashley – let’s give him credit where it’s due.
Here’s hoping we can do a lot better with our young talent in the future – and one thing missing from this article – what are the colors of the other two groups? .
The second group should be green – because they are ready to go – and you can guess the color of the third group of younger players.
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