We can definitely see a number of our youngsters leave the club the club this summer, and they are likely to include Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Conor Newton and possibly Mehdi Abeid,
Ben Tozer – a once promising full-back from Swindon Town
He’s now at Northampton Town
All have been sent out on loan last season, and the only two have done well are James Tavernier at Rotherham, and Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid at Greek club Panathinaikos.
These are players who have now reached or surpassed 21 years of age, and when they cannot make the first team at that age, they are not going to make it.
And since Mike Ashley started the push back in January of 2008, towards recruiting top young players for the Newcastle Youth Academy, we have not had one youngster come through the ranks at Newcastle to become a regular first team player.
Maybe Sammy Ameobi is the nearest to that – but hes been injured all year, before coming on in the second half at Liverpool yesterday.
It’s a very poor record that has been acknowledged by the club,and our latest young hopes are players like Adam Armstrong, Curtis Good, Remie Street, Freddie Woodman and Adam Campbell, although Adam has not been able to get a starting place at St. Mirren this year, while on loan in Scotland.
We have had some real promising youngsters come to Newcastle and then leave without making it, and they include Brad Inman, Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera, Jeff Henderson, Joan Símun Edmundsson, Kazenga Lua Lua, Ole Soderberg, Ryan Donaldson, Samuel Adjei, Tamas Kadar, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Yven Moyo and Ole Soderberg – among others.
Those names will no doubt bring back some memories of just how promising some of those youngsters were thought to be, while they were still on Newcastle’s books.
If Newcastle are going to be a power in the game again, with the emphasis there on if – with Mike Ashley’s complete lack of ambition for the club, we have to do a lot better in getting top youngsters to Tyneside.
But we then have to coach them in such a way that they eventually become first team players at Newcastle.
We haven’t done that in the last seven years under Mike Ashley – that’s for sure.