Two Newcastle YoungstersTo Break Through Next Season

We think the two most promising youngsters at Newcastle right now are 18 year-old local lad Adam Campbell, and 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who was brought in from Coventry City last summer for £1M, and he played 25 times for Newcastle last season.

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Adam Campbell – could come through big time next season

Mike Ashley started the latest youth drive back in January of 2008, just six months after buying the club, but after over five years now, Newcastle have precious little to show for it, with not one youngster having broken through to become a first team regular.

Shane Ferguson has played 32 times for the first team over the last two and a half years, and Sammy Ameobi has made 28 appearances so far, and they’ve probably been the most successful youngsters over the last two years.

But last year Gael Bigirimana already looked a very capable defensive midfielder when he played in the first team, and he’s currently with the England U20 side preparing for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, that starts later this month.

Adam Campbell has played for a lot of the England sides including the U19 side that recently failed to qualify for the European U19 Championships, and Adam also narrowly missed out on the 21 man England U20 squad, after being named with Gale in the provisional squad.

We expect these two lads to be given their chance next season, and they are unlikely to be sent out on loan, as they challenge for first team football at Newcastle.

And for the Newcastle Youth Academy we need to see some of our youngsters break through to the Newcastle first team, and hopefully that will be true next year at this time.

What do you think?

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94 comments so far

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I know you’re right, its not the match no problems there. Its the whole trip, I know that makes me sound shy and quiet but that couldnt be further from the truth.
    Tbh i just want my mates with me for a drinkin session after, for a wingman, etc 😉 haha but if they dont come soon feckit im away anyway!

    Very true. Yeah I defo will get out soon.
    Hahaha if you could bottle that feeling you’d own the club by now! 🙂

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle record with bringing youngsters through is horrendous unfortunately. Look at somebody of Abeid’s potential. That lad had so much potential and the club have failed to nurture it. If him & Vuckic (probably our best youngster) don’t make it then the club has seriously failed. Bigirimana has at least had experience at Coventry so he’s got more chance than the others. Why do we refuse to loan players out. It’s an absolute disgrace!

  • Thump

    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Saylor linked with Arsenal again? Is that his dads doing? Saylor’s always fancied himself an Arsenal player but it’s unlikely he’d get that move, least of all with Ashley wanting clubs to play over the odds for Toon players.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 7, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #4

    That`s true! We`re a graveyard for youngsters and it only heaps insult upon injury when you consider the North East has long been thought of as the traditional hotbed of English football.

    How many talents and lives have the club compromised over the years by basically being hopeless.

    Scary to think about!

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 7, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #5

    I`ve seen Abeid play once or twice and he is clearly a thoroughbred. You only have to look at the way he moves and strikes a ball.

    Yet, you feel he might end up on the scrapheap and quick. Foul!

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #6

    There may be something in the rumour on Taylor. People saying that Arsenal wont pay overs… Have they forgotton Walcott, Ox and even Mertesacker, who they paid 14m pounds for! If Taylor goes for 10-15m then it is a sale worthwhile IMO. But we should not sell because we need him for the passion he creates, plus I love how he can head the ball while laying on the ground, I don’t care who you are, that is genious!

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 7, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Looking back through the posts, both Torq, Proud and Sazzer were talking of an attacking midfielder/winger we are in talks with from Holland. It could be either Dries Mertens or Georginio Wijnaldum, my guess Wijnaldum. They also mentioned a defensive player in France. Could we be looking at Capoue from Toulouse? Any proud, I think, mentioned a player in Spain… Oh please let it be Griezmann!!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 7, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Over the past 4-5 years the youngins at the Toon have had the best chance since the Clarky, Watson, Elliot era. Not many of the youngins can say they have not been given a chance, the blame isn’t down to the club. They have been coached and given that opportunity. As a player you can’t ask for anything else.

    Sadly, apart from Krul and Carroll not many have stepped up to the plate and established themselves as would be starters.

    Abeid, Ranger, Tavernier, Vuckic, Ferguson to name a few have all been given this opportunity.

    This would of been unheard of post Ashley era.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Players might expect a professional youth set up, with appropriate training, encouragement, support, management, before that opportunity, that in itself, is such a giant leap.

    Newcastle have always had a poor youth system and despite the huffing and puffing of the current regime remain badly lacking.


    Jun 7, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #10

    another boreng day,,,,, ma out

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #11

    So really what we’re saying is that the whole coaching and development side of the club needs completely reviewed and rebuilt top down.

    Under the current trinumerate I seriously doubt it would happen, oh for a geordie abramovich with a football focused brain……

    also I fear youngsters aren’t having life coaching to help them be more professional off the pitch as well as on, but that one os something that is an industry wide problem within football in thia country. There isnt the application in our home developed players – too easily distracted. Hence why clubs look abroad more.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Jamsha…… Are you serious @9?

    You really want ma out? After all.she’s done for you!!

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Grr big fingers/ small keys typo’s

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m actually hoping the likes of

    Campbell, Bigi, Inman, Tav, Dummet, Good etc

    Get used as fringe/bench players to gaon first team experience they need to step up or move on for their own good.

    Plus I’m expecting them to be the reason as well as the january spending to be why we have a quiet summer – again.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #15

    The blame lies firmly with the club. Not just the club under Ashley, but the previous regime as well. Given the opportunity?? How many of those went out on loan at a decent age to get experience? Plenty of clubs asked about it, but NUFC refused as they felt better progress is achieved from reserve/development football. Tavernier loaned out to Gateshead? Unless a player is being released the following summer none of our kids should be on loan below league 2, and most should be league 1 or above. Abeid did refuse to be loaned out last season, but other than that the club has for years refused to allow people out on loan.

    Proper coaching? Beardsley? Give it a rest, as a coach he is beyond awful. Donachie, marginally better.

    Donaldson is the best example of our failed youth policy, captains England at 3 youth levels, and then is left to rot in our reserves under Beardsleys tutelage. Regresses, never given a first team chance, and then 6 months before his contract is up at the age of 21 goes to Hartlepool. Newton and Dummett playing there first bit of first team football at 21? A joke, Connor was a great talent in the academy, and the clubs refusal to let him go on loan has effectively stunted him.

    You mention Krul as 1 who did break through, and Carroll, and there is also Forster before heading to Celtic. What did these 3 all have in common? They all went out on loan as teenagers. It is almost like going on loan benefited them in some way and helped them develop. Tav went to Gateshead as a teenager, but none of the others did.

    Plus at goalkeeping level we had the excellent Paul Barron to help them along.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Tav/Dummet/Sammi/Fergie move on.

    Inman keep around the squad this year, Bigi loan to a newly promoted club, Campbell loan to Crewe or Boro. Good, loan to championship. Send Streete and Mbabu on loan.

    Make all these loans with a break clause in Jan if we need them, or if they have shown enough progression to get sufficient game time to develop in our first team.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley out!
    Llambias out!
    Pardew out!

    Morning all.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Have I killed it already so early?

    Ps I also wouldn’t be surprised if we do get involved with a soap opera around the possible transfer of a former no.9

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #19

    HAHAHAHAHA LOL…the first of many embarrassing snubs has started today with the news Wayne Bridge has decided to join championship side reading rather than join Pards at the toon…fcuking priceless!

    Obviously Cabaye forgot to ring him to tell him what a wonderful club we are now.

    At least the kids have a chance!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #20

    You honestly think there was any truth in the rumour of Wayne Bridge? No Chance! While we have Santon, Haidara, Dummett, Yanga, Jonas, Perch who can all play at left back (to varying degrees of ability) at least as well as a 33 year old Wayne Bridge?

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Thought not just waiting for the waking masses . lol

    Development policy lately has been shocking but correct me if im wrong when I’ve heard Pedro being interviewed he’s struck me as another yes man for Ashley. Instead of fighting the corner for good football.

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #22

    LILONGWE…just making the point we’re giving the kids a chance!!!!

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Well Bridge would only be signed to sit on the bench and he`s probably had his fill of that to be fair to him and us.

    Plus on Carroll, it seems a no brainer to atleast try and bring him back if thats what he wants. Having sold him for 35 we would be making a killing regardless and he’d immediately solve our ridiculous lack of threat from from set pieces and surely Cisse would thrive on his knockdowns and finally, as it is we only have Bambi to go to when we need to mix it up, and although I truly love the guy, there really is little comparison between the impact of the two players.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Beardsley is probably the biggest believer in the ‘5 year plan’ in the North East. He is very pro Ashley, and is very close to him according to various reports I’ve seen and things I’ve heard from different people. Speak to some of the fanzine editors, or local journos and they will all say the same.

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #25

    JINKY…don’t worry about carroll…he’ll be up shortly which hopefully will see del boy taylor on his way to pastures new…giving 120% isn’t enough nowadays…you need a bit about you and taylor hasn’t got that

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #26

    I’d swap mertasaker for taylor in a flash even if we had to give arsenal 3 million as part of the deal

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Was it not under the Great Kevin Keegan the reserves were scrapped club trained at the crap facilities at Maiden Castle whatever they call it at Chester-le-Street. so there was no continuity in players coming through the ranks. Keegan’s philosophy was -I’ll just go and buy someone if we are short.

    It took Sir Bobby Robson to relise we needed reserve team to bring players through plus the building of a new training facility for the juniors along side the seniors at Longbenton.

    I think we are going in the right direction but I wonder about the coaches and coaching techniques from the 9 year old kids through to the first team.

    I know three kids, two have gone to Sunderland’s Academy and one is thinking to go to the Mackems from The Toon academy all NUFC supporters – so something is wrong and needs rectifying.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Really! I know Big Andy divides opinion, but I think I`d actually shed tears of joy if we got him back.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Don’t get me wrong id love AC back in black and white. I have doubts we’ll get him as Liverpool will have a sulk on with us and I’m doubtful Ashley will spend that much.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #30

    I was thinking similar. If they are looking to get rid of Vermaelen, then I would swap Taylor for him in a heartbeat. Vermaelen isn’t the worlds best, but he is better than Taylor amd Willo, and scores a few as well.

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Jinky…not sure I’d be crying tears of joy but he’ll bust a gut every match (whenever fit) and he will score goals. should be interesting!

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #32

    LILONGWE…yep…a step up in class for sure…saylor is not good enough for the premiership anymore…it’s overtaken him and he’s not too bright and far too slow…time to move on

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #33

    You are right, Keegan scrapped the reserves, and decided there was no need to concentrate on development. Seems odd seen as he had on Clark, Watson and Elliot during his time. Unfortunately that saw the departure of Alan Thompson, who would have been decent in our squad and Alun Armstrong, who, while no world beater would have done as well for us, probably better than, Paul Kitson.

    Since then our development of young players has been awful. The Shepherds and Hall’s bought into Keegans philosophy of not developing. Despite Sir John’s initial desire to have 11 geordies playing.

    Ashley has taken steps to improve it, but we haven’t employed the correct personnel, and on the odd occasion we have had good staff in and around the academy, they have quickly left for other jobs. The current staff, particularly from u18’s up aren’t fit for purpose in my eyes. We have some good young coaches lower down the scale at 12-15/16 but after that we regress as jobs generally go to people who have a name, or a relationship with others, rather than suitability.

    We had been moving in the right direction, but feel we have stalled again. It needs an overhaul of the staff and the playing philosophy, as well looking at how best to progress players, making linkages with clubs that have the same philosophy. It takes time, but these things are the foundations and need to be in place before any real progress will be seen in the first team.

  • Slank

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #34


    Have you done a posting recently, which I may have missed, about Shane Ferguson going to Birmingham?

    I have added his name to very long list of leavers, for completeness sake:

    Tiote (wants to stay)
    Ben Arfa

  • scout

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #35

    10-15 million for Taylor, I despair I really do. He’s terrible, he would get caught out of position in a phone box.

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #36

    SCOUT…to right…he’s well out of his depth…maybe we can swap him down to reading…it’s on the way back to London!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Not good enough for the Prem I think is a bit harsh, he would fit right in at Hull/Palace (have Ramage in their ranks)/Cardiff but he has been so comfy here, and the number of injuries he has had, has meant that he hasn’t developed. The lad should just be hitting his peak for a centre back and in my eyes is worse then 4/5 years ago.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #38

    Been a while guys.

    I just want to say buying cheap and young players can work, cabaye is a big player for france and cost us 4mil…very good by modern standards.

    However the rest, as good as we may think, yanga, sissoko, goufran, debuchy etc…are not all regular starters for France…and whilst yanga and sissoko may improve, debuchy and gouffran are near their peak and wont get much better.

    Remember people praise their technical ability but they are members of a French squad not fit to lace the boots of the french team of ten years ago.

    This is a France team which England have outperformed in the last couple major tournaments and that has suffered defeats to teams like scotland and needed lucky handballs to even qualify for the last world cup.

    France isn’t the hotbed of talent in was 10 years ago.

    We need to be looking to bring in a few lads who are 25+ who have experience, ideally in the prem league, but in europa/champs league or international football if we are to kick on.

    The best thing we could do is what liverpool did 2 years ago and sign a top level striker like suarez. Goals are what get you points….look how much a difference van persie, suarez, bale and benteke have made to their clubs…the league would have been totally different if they were just replaced with even an average prem striker.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #39

    If we are bringing in French/continental youngsters would it not be a good idea to bring in a couple of continental coaches to to teach/learn a home grown juniors/youngsters along with the continentals the continental ethos – not some stale geordie has-beens

  • sparky55

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #40

    Slank…can you add Pardew to the bottom of your list…i know it won’t happen soon enough but it’ll make me feel better every time I see it


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