These Three Youngsters Have Shone This Summer

Alan Pardew seems determined to send most of Newcastle’s young players out on loan this season to get first team experience, but three of our best youngsters may stay on Tyneside, to fight it out for a place in the Newcastle first team.

Paul Dummett Motherwell

Paul Dummett – in action in pre-season

Those three youngsters are Newcastle-born Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, and Slovenian star Haris Vuckic.

Paul has come through great this summer,  after his very successful loan spell at St. Mirren last season,  and has looked impressive in pre-season at left-back for the Magpies.

Paul had this to say to say in the Evening Chronicle:

“It is great that the manager is giving local players the opportunity.” “It gives you something to aim for.” “I’ve supported Newcastle all my life.”

“So it’s a dream to be given the chance to play at St James’ Park and pull on a black-and-white shirt for the first team.”  “Hopefully there will be more coming through the ranks.” “But my aim is to just work hard and strive for getting a chance.”

“It was great for me to get that first-team experience week-in, week-out.” “It prepares you well for life at Newcastle.”  “The SPL is a competitive division and obviously we won the cup at Hampden Park too, which was a great feeling.”

“I also played in big games at Celtic as well in front of crowds like at Newcastle, so it all helps.”  “It has been good for me to get that chance.” “We are all just working steadily towards the first game.”

“Fitness is very important and it has been good to get those minutes under my belt.”

Sammy Ameobi looked very good in an England shirt for the last 30 minutes of  the England U21 side’s 6-0 annihilation of the Scotland U21 side, and he will likely see some action at the Etihad Stadium next Monday night.

Pardew has been extremely pleased with all three lads this summer, and had this to say about them:

“They are all in contention, but need to keep working towards the first week.”

Of the three youngsters, Haris Vuckic may still be sent out on loan, but this will still depend on how he shows up in training, and how Haris performs if used in the first few Newcastle games of the season.

What do you think?

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21 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Dummett looks a good prospect like.

    But Vuckic is made of chocolate and Ameobi thinks he’s far better than he actually is.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Vuckic looks to be very talented. I hope he can stay injury free and show us what he´s capable of.
    I like that he´s always looking to surge forward and score.

  • G.unit

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    They have had a good pre-season but are they good enough for the Premiership, just yet? No, I don’t think they are!!

    I am growing more and more frustrated with the lack of activity in the transfer market when you see other teams that were around us last year strengthening. The club always says it will not be held to ransom, well we will on the 02nd Sept, when other clubs know how desperate we are for a striker and we are making bids!!

  • Bearsize

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    They wont get a chance with pardew at the helm. Once we lose a couple of games pardew will feel the pressure and keep them far away from the first 11. Dummett can play his way in though as he is awesome. Dummett left back santon on the wing, everyone can see it except pardumb

  • John Tudor

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    i see what they are up to

  • jeff

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Vuckic is a fantastic talent.

    Dummett is not going to be good enough.

    Sammy Ameobi already thinks he is good enough, and his laziness will prevent him from being truly good enough.

    Vuckic and Campbell would be the perfect, complementary and modern front two in about three years.

  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve yet to see Dummet since last pre-season. Haven’t had a chance to watch any matches this year, but, if he’s as good as everyone says he is, not even in the long term but the future would seem to be Haidara and Dummy battling it out for LB, and, per Bernard’s article in the Chron yesterday, Santon at RB.

    Debuchy has not only appeared underwhelming to me, but an outright liability. But he won’t get dropped because of his price tag. Mediocrity is obviously A-okay in these parts….

  • jeff

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Would like to see more of Marveaux, Anita and Vuckic this season, while less of Jonas, Ben Arfa and Tiote.

    Check out this picture:

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Debuchy – M´Biwa – Colo – Dummett
    — Santon — Anita — Cabaye — HBA

  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    there seems to’ve been some debate about not posting line-ups? well, anyway, here’s what I think the best team is, assuming cabaye will be gone september 1st and remy still isn’t fit:


    FBs are obviously debatable and i’d like to say ‘no doubt it’ll be debs and santon’ but i’ve a sneaking suspicion santon might make way for MYM at LB to accomodate local ‘hero’ (!) taylor. needless to say we will either be 442 or 451 with guti left, goof up top with cisse, tiote in the middle, anita and marveaux taking up their spots on the bench

  • cjtoon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    repost: missed the boat was typing far too long

    Like most of you i have been pretty negative about almost everything nufc related this summer. The main problem for me has been pardew not leaving and the Kinnear debarcle was totally unnecessary as well tbh. Lack of signings and seemingly a lack of ambition have just built up our frustration further.

    I am trying to look at things in a positive light though and there are some positives.

    1. Ashley has brought in a DoF (although an awful choice) the role means there is more accountability to the staff for poor performance. Faye Downey has also been added to this with a few other switches of staff role. So underperformance this season will be easier to assign to specific staff failures. i.e if we have another shocker peoples heads will be under the axe. (Ashley covering his back (Protecting his assets))

    2. By enlarge we have a fitter (apparently) less injured squad bar Remy & Jonas than we did last season. If it stays like this at least if nothing else we will have consistency with our starting 11 (the reason we had a great start in our 5th placed finish season particularly in defence). Could the lack of signings help to improve the squad chemistry? (I know perhaps looking for the positives too hard)

    3. Players & Staff have points to prove and reputations at stake. The January signings will be looking to establish themselves at the club too. Pardew is under pressure to have a good season and will know a repeat of last season isnt an option. Younger players on one year deals know it’s now or never too. This could give them the focus they need to really push on.

    4. The world cup is around the corner and all of our international players will want to be there. If they are playing poorly they wont be, it’s as simple as that. This in its self should see more drive and determination injected into the team. Something we really lacked last year.

    5. On paper we really do have a good squad. All of us know it. Its one of the best we have had in such a long time. Its a big year for some of our players with points to prove and the world cup. Others have had injuries and need to stay fit and show what they can do for a full season.

    Pardew has a lot of options available to him. In terms of both formations we could realistically use and squad depth we are pretty good. We could go three/four/five at the back or three/four/five in midfield in different games. Granted we are limited up front but could play three is two were pushed wider in a 4-3-3.

    The quality of some of our players is exceptional. I think Ben Arfa, Anita, Sissoko and Marveaux can really kick on this season (in the right position & given the right instruction).

    For me we have no natural width in the team so i would love to see a formation of:


    Debuchy Saylor/MYM Colo Santon

    Cabaye Tiote(def) / Sissoko Anita

    Marveaux/Gouffran Ben-arfa


    The wing backs can provide width to stretch the opposition defence creating the room for ben arfa nad marveaux to work with cisse to create the goals. Tiote could be used in the games where we need a bit of cover in front of the defence. The two CAM’s and ST would not have to track back and would not drop too deep allowing us to hit on the counter quickly.

    If all else fails we could always pack the defence and pump it long

  • jeff

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Would be content if Cabaye left provided Pardew fills the gap with Anita and Marveaux being anchored by Sissoko.

    Ben Arfa is criminally overrated on this blog. Can’t read a post on Ben Arfa by Ed without running into the word mercurial 50 times

  • Pokat

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Vukic and sammy need to be sold. Dummy has looked pretty tidy so jury out on that.

    Debuchy is still better than Simpson. Can’t afford to be without Guti in the present setup unfortunately, not until othews pull their weight. Tiote can go no real impact if he went. Hatem needs a good run in the side, we may have seen the best of him already though. Santon still needs to concentrate for a full game. He can’t. Deliver going forward so why people suggest he be a winger/wing back is baffling. I think haidara improved faster imo. Anita does not fit into Pardews style. Marveaux will never work hard enough.


    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    If anyone is sad enou to watch Geordie shore, do yous not think dummet looks like James?!

  • cjtoon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    @ Jeff

    Totally agree mate. Ben Arfa is overrated in that he hasn’t managed to stay injury free and play a full consistant season for us.

    There’s no doubt he has the ability but perhaps he is just one of those players whose fitness and mentality will never let them be the player they ‘could be’

    On the other hand (what im hoping) is he can stay fit all season and be relieved of any defensive responsibility and told to pass and move more. If he was played as a no 10 and used his trickery more wiseley and less obviously (always cutting in to shoot left footed) i thinkk he could become ‘mercurial’.

    Its a big season for him i think

  • hazzy

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Although the transfer window hasn’t been half as exciting as we would have liked as fans, the negativity on this blog is astounding.
    If Pardew picks what is our strongest team and drops anyone who is playing poorly I do think we’re a match for anyone. Big ‘IF’ though on the Pardew matter

  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Dummett won’t get a sniff of first team action, personally I would love us to sign a good young AM and drop sissoko back alongside cabaye,
    Cabaye sissoko
    A M
    Remy Ben Arfa
    And a good young target man and let Ameobi go.
    Or play Ben Arfa AM, Santon LW and Haidara LB and let Dummett cover Haidara

  • bobby mango

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Vuckic is too sluggish to make it at the top. Good feet, good brain but not fast or agile enough.

    Sammy – can’t see him making it. Crossing is too similar to Jonas’, neither if them hits the ball cleanly. Just bounces along the ground… Not a great feature for a winger.

    Dummet – not seen him. If he’s over taken Haidara then he should be a very good prospect.

    Think Gosling should get a mention as well. Although not a youngster anymore he’s done well in preseason. Hope he gets a chance to earn a new contract, especially if Cab leaves.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Is Dummet the real McCoy, or the usual high faultin’ bs?

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    None currently prem quality-Sammy is plop.

  • Wowhatawhopper

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Nufc leazes
    U obviously do mincer!


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