Newcastle’s Youth Policy Has Failed Miserably

It’s likely this summer that we will be seeing former top youngsters leave the club. and they will probably include Shane Ferguson, Conor Newton, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Michael Richardson, Mehdi Abeid and even Adam Campbell.

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Adam Armstrong – our current best young hope?

It also looks like a top young player we acquired two years ago – Gael Bigirimana – could also be taking the Newcastle exit door.

Newcastle put an emphasis on youth back in January of 2008, shortly after Mike Ashley had bought the club, but even though we have brought in many good young players the club have been unsuccessful in bringing even one of them through to play regularly for the first team, and maybe Sammy Ameobi is the closest we’ve got to doing that.

Probably Newcastle’s best younger players at the moment are local lad Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman, who became European U17 Champions with England yesterday, when we beat (thrashed?) the Netherlands on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

20 year-old Australian International center-back Curtis Good is also one who will probably be a starter for Australia in the World Cup this summer in Brazil,  and is top young player right now.

But we have brought in so many youngsters who have failed, and over the last six years they have included  Brad Inman, Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera, Jeff Henderson, Joan Símun Edmundsson, Kazenga Lua Lua, Ole Soderberg, Ryan Donaldson, JJ Hooper, Andy Mogwo, Samuel Adjei, Tamas Kadar, Wesley Ngo Baheng and Yven Moyo.

And now this summer we will probably add Shane Ferguson, Conor Newton, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Michael Richardson, Mehdi Abeid to that rather long list.

So something is not working at Newcastle, as far as bringing young players through the ranks, and it’s a vital part of Newcastle’s strategy to compete with the top six clubs in England.

If Newcastle are serious about bringing through the younger players, then they have to admit that what they have been doing over the last six years simply hasn’t worked.

And they must now do something constructive and positive about it – do things differently – look at how and why other clubs have been successful with their youngsters – to try to turn it all around.

We just have to hope that the Youth Academy and our failure to develop young players into first teamers at Newcastle, was discussed at the end of season meeting between Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board, and that the problems were pinpointed and a plan put in place to improve things.

We really hope that happened.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Does Wallsend Boys Club not produce any young players anymore?

    …I curse the play station and Xbox 😉 lol

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Does not part of the blame go back to the Keegan era and before when we scrapped the reserves trained at Maiden Castle and at the training ground behind St Cuthberts School, when other teams were building brand new academy facilities – take Middlesborough just down the road for example. We have had to come from a long way behind.

  • Average_Contents

    May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3


    Apparently not mate

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the club cut all ties with Wallsend just for the hell of it, to teach the area a lesson!

    I wouldn’t put anything past that fat piece of shit!


    May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #4

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5…can I get take-away? 😉

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    @thefootballcafe: Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is willing to leave the club this summer in favour of a move to AS Monaco. (Daily Express)

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Of course, Campbell was the latest from Wallsend boys club

  • Online Guy

    May 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Plenty of wild garlic about lads if your in uk, smaller leaves underneath are not as strong ..larger leaves are really tasty and slightly more pungent and tasty, added to soups and stews ..salads…you can fry up the little bulbs of garlic below ground also mmmmm..

    Iv already emailed perez and told him about our wild garlic and dandylions ..and nettle soup…that’s the reason he is signing for us, I tipped the balance in the transfer negotiations . with my recipe for poached or fried Hotchwhitchi. Charnley was just getting laughed at
    with his Turnip’s on toast recipe . wild garlic lad’s ..forget viagra.

    I take no responsibility for anyone picking a wild plant and eating it and poisoning themselves or others. the above statement witnessed by my Jack RusselL.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9


    Who can blame him !?? Play for a team back in France, chance for trophies and plenty of money plus Champions League football!!!

    Also on the clubs failed youth policy something has got to change whether its the coaching , scouting or the way Pardew is not good at developing kids I feel its a combination of all of the above we need a total overhaul of staff

    Its no use as well with Pardew saying this kids great etc etc and then only giving him 2 minutes at the end of a game what use is that ! ? Only have to look at Martinez at Wigan and now at Everton he throws youngsters in and gives them a chance look at Stones not saying we have youngsters as good as him but we will never know if they dont get a proper run in the team also feel that youngsters know what they are doing when they run out for Everton whereas when we bring a player on they look lost , out of their preferred position and thats down to the manager !

  • croftus5678

    May 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #10

    ok ..erm where has all this info about youngsters leaving come from ?

    newton is the only one that is leaving as far as i know !
    bigi is very happy at the club (granted he’s not happy and not getting a chance last season but tbf he did play very poorly for 1/2 the season) and he’s vowed to train harder to break into the first team.

    abied the club has come out and said they will assess his progress and take another look at him.

    fergy/richardson i think we all know are not going to make it so prob will go but still i havent heard there going apart from rumours fans are making up cos they are dross.

    vukic/tav again not heard anything apart from they have done great out on loan.

    and cambell last i heard wanted to go out on loan again for further playing time in a first team so he could force his way into our first team !

    if things are bad by all means tell it as it is but theres no need to just make things worse when theres not even anything officialish about these players.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Tbh i think it’s a combination
    Pardew has a decent(ish) record for bringing in and through young players at previous clubs

    The academy is a state, the team doesn’t even have a manger! Poor coaching set up and tbh looking at a few of the players it just doesn’t seem like we have that greater talent coming through
    Didn’t we finish bottom of the reserves league?

  • Brutooon

    May 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Our youth policy is the worst in the league

    Bigirimana was good last season and zero apperance this season with no absolute reason.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Pardew can’t coach internationals to play cohesively, so what hope does he have of developing youngsters. Giving them a few games or strategically giving them their debuts so he can gloat about it later isn’t developing players.

  • Jimbothemag

    May 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Does everyone forget that dummet was promoted out of the academy as was sammy, and Andy Carroll and also krul was made first team, admittedly not great but I can only think of 4 teams in the premier league that have better home grown talent. Man U (just and they bin most of them off and buy in players), Liverpool, Everton and Southampton all other teams buy in talent Arsenal have 2 players from their academy. Sunderland have 1. West Ham have 1 possibly. Teams like Middlesboro have to promote youth as they cannot buy players, and they can’t get promoted as a result of this. How many of their players have been bought by top clubs? None. Their best player was a loanee from Chelsea or Spurs who will never make their team. Oh yeah spurs have 1 player brought through their ranks, the rest are brought in. I think we always like to moan. Whilst our academy isn’t the best it also isn’t the worst.

  • Whumpie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    What a lot of biased, uninformed shite. Our pull-through rate is as high as just about any club, which is why NUFC is one of only 2 PL clubs with 2 players in that winning England U17s squad.

    Just because a player gets a 1st team call up doesn’t mean he’s made it; the drop-out rate from that point is still astronomical at any club. That’s why clubs bring in hundreds of younguns to feed a squad of 20-odd.

    We have enough reasons to complain about the club without making stuff up. This just demeans what Fredie and Arma achieved in Malta.


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