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These Top Youngsters Newcastle’s Best Hope For The Future

8:03 am, Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

The Newcastle U18 side did very well in the FA Youth Cup this season, and were only knocked out last week when they lost a close game 3-2 to Chelsea who now meet Arsenal in the semi-finals.

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Adam Armstrong in action on Saturday

And three of that team – Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons and Lubo Satka – all traveled to Fulham with the first team – and of course Adam Armstrong made his debut for the first team in the second half.

This is what John Carver has said about the natural number 10 player in the Shields Gazette:

“Adam’s deserved that taste,” “He’s been hanging around it for five or six weeks now. Eventually, he’s got that opportunity.”

“The thing is, he’s a level-headed boy.”  “He’ll take it the right way, and continue to work. It’s great he had that opportunity.”

Adam is a local lad who lives in Chapel House estate, and is currently playing for the England U17 side and is one of Newcastle’s top prospects for some time, and he’s only just turned 17 last month.

Rolando Aarons

Rolando Aarons, shown above, is an 18 year-old winger with loads of skill,  and Roland was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is another top prospect for Newcastle who also played against Chelsea U18s and he’s played nine times for the Newcastle U21 side.

Lubo Satka

And 18 year-old Lubo Satka  shown above is from Slovakia, and is a strong center-back and has already played for the Slovakia U19 side, and he’s played 10 times for the Newcastle U21 side, and  looked very impressive.

They have both been really impressive for the U18 side and John Carver said this about them to the Shields Gazette:

“Lubo (Lubo Satka ) and Rolando (Aarons) travelled because of their performances the other night in the Youth Cup against Chelsea,”

John Carver today has further expanded on how important the youngsters are at the Tyneside club:

“Part of it for our young players is being able to play in front of our crowd, which is 52,000, and that is not easy. Not everyone can do that.”

“It’s nice for them to get a taste of it, and it just proves the good work that is being done in our academy through Joe Joyce, Dave Watson and Kev Richardson.”

“We have a nucleus of four or five players who have a chance. We were all there when they lost to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Youth Cup last week, against a top side who had paid a lot of money for their side and had some very, very good players.”

“We had some players who did very well, and those occasions are very important to pick up experience.” “Well we hope to announce another bit of good news out of that situation in the next couple of weeks.” 

“Some of those players have done very well for us. We’ll be looking to secure their futures.”

It looks like Newcastle’s top youngsters and at the very least these three lads, will get new extended contracts very soon, and they will be given every chance to come through and be a part of the first team in the next couple of years.

Two other top young players who arrived at the club only last year are midfielder 17 year-old Frenchman Olivier Kemen, who scored with his hand last week against Chelsea, and top young Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu.

Those five youngsters are probably the pick of the bunch of youngsters at the club at the moment, and Newcastle will be successful if they can groom these lads for the first team and all five are in the first team squad in a couple of years time.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Kevin Mbabu · Lubo Satka · Newcastle News · Olivier Kemen · Rolando Aarons

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM



    Generally, average clubs have average managers and Pardew is an average manager.

    Generally, top managers go to top clubs. We are not a top club and that is why we will not get a top manager.

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    The one sale i still don’t really get was Perch
    Given how injury prone out squad has been and lack of cover in areas like RB i just didn’t see the point of flogging a very good squad player for peanuts
    You can’t have a squad full of superstars you need players like Perch, doubt his wages were high either

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    With the third highest attendances and one of the best stadiums in Europe people like to believe we are or could be a top club, why do you seem to enjoy pi$$ing on their parade.

  • 4 firebug666 // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:17 AM


    I am not disputing that mate, I was just saying that other managers would walk, Pards will not, and he has not done too bad a job for us really.

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    When would Perch have got a game this season? We’ve played the likes of MYM, Haidara, Dummett and Saylor when we’ve has injuries or suspensions. I don’t see when Perch would have played.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    TDS will argue that it was because Perch wanted first team football but imo, like Willo he’s always been prepared to work for it, the reason was because the policy won’t allow first team players to be part of a strength in depth situation and if they’re not playing regulary they’re surplus.

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Third highest attendance means very little in revenue terms for a PL team these days. It’s not insignificant but it’s very little when compared to CL revenue. And there are lots of great stadiums in Europe. We should be proud of these 2 things but they don’t give us any right to play in the CL.

    Citeh and Chelski have spent huge amounts of money, Arsenal and Liverpool have been at the top of the PL since it started and have been building for a decade and more, Man Utd are one of the richest clubs in the world. Spurs have been building very well and have had very consistent top 10 finishes for a decade as Everton have been building up to some very consistent finishes over the last few years.

    All of that provides no evidence that we should be above any of them. It either takes hundreds of millions or time and that’s the case for every big club. 4th season back in the PL does not count as much time…

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Perch played in front of a lot of those lads last season
    Doesn’t matter if he played 30 games or 3 games this season he was a solid player who offered valuable strength in depth
    You could argue Willo shouldn’t be getting a game with the CB’s we have on our books but he’s solid and works hard
    I’d take perch at RB over any of the players you listed and none of them apart from maybe MYM can fill in if Tiote picked up an injury

  • 9 firebug666 // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    If Perchino had still been with us he may have got the not ahead of the others because of his premier league experience, I was a little shocked when we sold him, especially because it was so cheap. The lad could play various positions some better than others and I thought he was getting better each game.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    He may not have played very much, you can’t deny that we have always been about five players short until the five were signed last year, since then six have left, would it do any harm to have a utility player like Perch in the squad especially given the low wages he’d be on.

  • 11 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    But we spent big on MYM so he’s got to have game time or he may as well leave. I can’t think of a game that I’d have wanted Perch to play. Fans complain about not enough depth…fans complain about not giving youth a chance…

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Exactly mate
    Selling a solid consistent utility player who can slot straight in with no disruption to the play in multiple positions for peanuts is a stupid move and one I’ve never understood

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    TDS It’s the nature of fans to complain. 🙂

  • 14 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    After the summer we were only short of a striker and possibly a back up right back for an ideal squad for where we are are at the moment. But with Santon, Dummett, Haidara and MYM all capable of playing RB it’s no big deal. We have 4 full backs in the first team and 4 centre backs.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Well Perch isn’t here and MYM doesn’t seem to be getting that much game time, whys that ?

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    MYM is a CB though ffs
    Perch was a FB by trade who could play LB and RB and CDM
    MYM isn’t going play all those positions is he!

    Yeah we complain about depth, because we’re selling it
    What youth players do we have coming through at RB of CDM?
    We have one RB in the squad of PL standard

    I can think of several games i would of seen perch in

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Mar 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM


    Champions league revenue from TV deals is approx 20mil for the average english side making the groups/last 16….out ticket revenue is 29mil

    I presume there will be plenty of teams with half of our ticket revenue given the size of their grounds but the big boys will be similar to us or more.

    Obviously champs league bring better sponsors but need to be their consistently for them to offer the big deals.

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