Newcastle have had very little success in the Youth Academy since Mike Ashley bought the club from Freddy Shepherd and John Hall in the summer of 2007.
Adam Armstrong – the latest top youngster at Newcastle
Newcastle are concentrating on recruiting local lads from the area, and maybe there was a glimmer of hope on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park, when five local lads were in the starting line-up.
They were Steven Taylor, Jack Colback, Paul Dummett, Adam Armstrong and Sammy Ameobi – with the last three coming through the Academy in the last seven years.
Alan Pardew has talked about the updated recruitment policy today:
“We’ve said about the Academy that we were centralizing it,” “We weren’t making it a big spread. We’re not going to try to take boys from London or Manchester. We’re focusing on the area.”
“I think that’s starting to pay dividends with the club. They have an affinity with the club, none more so than Paul Dummett, who’s taken a bit of criticism here.”
“But what he lacks in technical quality sometimes, which he’s getting better at, he more than makes up with in desire for the club, defending and wanting to win.”
“We’ve had some bonuses on that front.” “Sammy looks like he’s finally getting to grips with what it’s about to be a Newcastle player.”
Our Youth Academy has been a big failing over the last seven years, but maybe concentrating on local talent is the right way to go, although we still have to get one first team regular who has come through the Youth Academy since 2007.
Paul Dummett is the closest to that, but when fit, Italian Davide Santon is still the first choice left-back at Newcastle.
We expect only Paul Dummett and the impressive Jack Colback to start tonight at Stoke City, in a game that manager Alan Pardew really has to win or have the team play very well – if he is to keep his job as manager of Newcastle United, after a poor start to the season..
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