Newcastle’s squad has been too small for a while now, and certainly ever since we returned to the Premier League back in May of 2010, but with the five French players brought in last month, it seems to have given a big lift to the players – and we’ll not even mention the fans.
Jonas Gutierrez - squad strengthened a lot
And certainly that’s what Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez thinks, as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“It’s really good to have a bigger squad, because that was a problem earlier in the season.” “It has been hard for us because we had a lot of injuries but not a lot of players.”
“The players who had to play were maybe from the reserves and are young players.” “They are very talented but it is not fair on them just to be in there as Premier League regulars just yet when they are so young.” “They should be doing that in a few years.”
“Now we have more players and are picking up good results again and that has given everyone a big lift.”
We had expected the young players to have done better this season, but the best time to introduce them into the side is when we are doing well, and when there’s lot of confidence in the team.
It’s asking a little too much to expect inexperienced young lads to come in when the side is struggling through a bad run of results, as we had for some ten weeks from early November.
And quite a few of our youngsters are now out on loan, and they include Mehdi Abeid at St. Johnstone, Curtis Good at Bradford, Paul Dummett and Conor Newton at St. Mirren and Brad Inman at Crew Alexandra – who has scored 6 goals in 12 games.
All the youngsters seem to be doing well – and best of all they are getting first team experience at other clubs.
And it seems that manager Alan Pardew will let even more younger players – like Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson – go on loan if we are knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday evening at Metalist Kharkiv.
And our U-19 side won again yesterday 3-2 over Empoli, but Newcastle were still eliminated from the Torneo di Viareggio, and we had a defeat followed by two wins in the three games.
We lost the first game to AC Milan 2-1 and that turned out to be the killer, but then we beat the Congo U-17 side and won yesterday, but we ended up second in Group 9.
And only the best two best runners-up from each half of the competition go through to the knockout stages of the competition, and it seems we missed out on goal difference – that’s a pity.
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