While Newcastle have been criticized for not playing any Englishman at all in some of our lineups this season, it seems like some of that criticism of Newcastle may be unfounded, and there’s an excellent article on this in the Shields Gazette today by Daniel Prince.
Watch out for this lad
No it’s not a young Kevin Nolan – it’s 16 year-old Adam Armstrong
It turns out that research from CIES Football Observatory and Opta Pro, shows that Newcastle are the sixth best club in the Premier League for bringing club-trained players through to the first team.
This season Newcastle have had an average of 1.6 club-trained players on the pitch in Premier League games.
Club-trained players are defined as those who have played at the club for at least three years when they were between the ages of 15 and 21.
And in Newcastle’s case that qualifies players like Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi as all club-trained.
But just think how poorly clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and others must do here – since they’ve brought most of their players in when they are the finished product, and pay huge fees for them too.
And before Manchester City were bought by a Billionaire Arab consortium in August of 2008, they had one of the best Academies in the country – but not any more – and they’ve spent over £800M on new players in the last five years.
In case you were wondering how City have become a top side – there’s your answer right there – and if a club like Scunthorpe United had spent the same amount of money since 2008, they would probably also be in the upper reaches of the PL – it’s all about money these days.
Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi are two local youngsters on the verge of making the breakthrough to the first team, and we also have two Adams – 16 year-old number 10 Adam Armstrong and 18 year-old number 9 Adam Campbell who are both local lads, and very highly rated at the club.
1.6 club-trained players on the pitch on average this season is not great, but it’s a lot better than a lot of the top clubs in the Premier League, but we still need to do better and bring more of our top youngsters through the ranks and into the first team.
We haven’t done nearly enough of that in Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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