When Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007, the new Chairman Chris Mort put together a plan to build up Newcastle’s Youth Academy, and one vital part of the Newcastle strategy was to bring youngsters through the Academy and into the first team.
Chris Mort – tried to recreate Newcastle’s Youth Academy
But one of the reasons Ashley’s plans for Newcastle have not worked out too well, is that we haven’t seen many players coming through the youth ranks into the first team – and most of the top youngsters we have signed have either left the club, or are now struggling to make an impact at the club.
And that’s also a reason why Newcastle now have very few Englishmen in the squad, especially after James Perch, Danny Simpson and Steve Harper left the club in the summer.
But Alan Pardew says Newcastle are still trying to bring players through the ranks, as he had this to say yesterday, as part of the build-up to tomorrow’s match at Villa Park:
“We could well be starting against Aston Villa without an English player,” “I’m sure we’ll get a lot of negative press.” “We tried to bring an English player to this club for a lot of money, but it didn’t happen.”
“That’s something we’ve looked at. The ratio of foreign players is getting tight for us.” “It’s important, in our transfer policy, that we bring in some English players.” “Rest assured, as manager of the football team, I’m very focused on the Academy promoting talent from this area.”
“I’ve said to all our scouts that I want to bring in players from here. We’re scouring locally. That’s something we need to do. We need more coaching hours with our players.”
“But, in terms of transfers to our first team, you’ve got to be good enough to play for Newcastle. Unfortunately, the pool isn’t great.” “We have Sammy. We have Dummett come through, who is definitely part of our first team squad.”
“We need more. There’s Arma and Campbell. We’re hoping for them. That’s that side of it covered.”
Arma is 16 year-old local youngster Adam Armstrong, who is a creative player and built like Wayne Rooney, and Rooney is Adam’s favorite player – and Adam is currently one of the club’s most promising youngsters.
Maybe we should do an article on Adam.
It’s been good to see Paul Dummett come through the ranks, and his loan spell at St. Mirren did him the world of good, and he’s looked a good player at left back in pre-season – it’s great that Paul has done so well this summer.
But with Yanga-Mbiwa likely to get the nod ahead of Steven Taylor tomorrow, Newcastle will probably field this side, and not one of them are English.
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Ben Arfa Sissoko Anita Marveaux
That’s a strong side and with everybody fit, we will also have a very strong bench at Villa Park, and we are hoping for an excellent result tomorrow, although Villa are now much improved from last season.
The Youth Academy has been a big disappointment over the last six years, that’s a fact, and if we are going to have English players in the side, it’s more likely they will come through the Academy, since British players are a lot more expensive than foreign players.
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