When Newcastle brought in the five Frenchmen in late January to bolster the squad fr the run-in to the season, Alan Pardew decided to send some of his top Newcastle youngsters out on loan, to get some first team experience.
Mehdi Abeid – doing well at St. Johnstone
Paul Dummett, Conor Newton, Brad Inman, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and Mehdi Abeid all went out on loan, and Brad (26 appearances – eight goals), Sammy ( 9 appearances one goal) and Shane (11 appearances one goal) are now back at Newcastle after spells at Crewe Alexandra, Middlesbrough and Birmingham respectively..
Mehdi Abeid has been able to get games at St. Johnstone, and he’s played 11 times for the Scottish Premier League side, and this is his second season at Newcastle.
And the French Algerian seems to have done well in Scotland, and recently won the We Are Perth Online Forum Young Player of the Year award at a dinner last Saturday night.
Mehdi turns 21 in August and the other youngsters are already 21 – so it’s not like they are youngsters any more – and Newcastle will need to decide whether these lads can become first team players at Newcastle.
For a lot of them the answer is no.
Once their contracts run out they could be allowed to leave Newcastle, because if they haven’t made a sufficient enough impression at 21 – they probably never will – and it’s time for them to move on this summer.
Paul Dummett and Conor Newton could both sign on at St. Mirren permanently, although they have been offered contracts at Newcastle, and it could be that only Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson have a decent chance of becoming first team regulars down the road – maybe.
But football can be ruthless, and it wouldn’t surprise us if some of those youngsters are allowed to leave this summer – and the future of James Tavernier also doesn’t look too bright – after he signed a three year deal last summer.
It’s time for a clear-out of players at Newcastle in the summer – whatever happens – and that will include some of our 21 year-old youngsters.
What do you think?
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