Since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, one of out major investments has been in younger players, and trying to develop youngsters who can work through the ranks and end up as first team regulars.
Rolando Aarons – top young talent at Newcastle
But Newcastle have not been too successful at that over the last seven years, and so about a year ago we switched our strategy a bit, to concentrate a lot more on local talent in the area.
And maybe that’s starting to pay off as we see local lad Paul Dummett nailing down the left-back position, and if the Kenton lad can keep improving, it could be difficult for Davide Santon to get his place back once he’s fit again.
And we are seeing players like Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid getting first team games this season too.
And the emergence of the youngsters has been a big reason why we seem to have turned the season around at Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today about the Newcastle Academy:
“We’ve had a lot of criticism about the Academy in terms of what has it produced, and it is beginning to deliver.” “I really thank Joe Joyce and his staff, because they do everything the right way.”
“It’s a brilliantly run Academy, and now I’m starting to feel the benefit of it.”
It seems that Newcastle’s first team is finally starting to gain substantial benefit from the youngsters who are coming through this season, and the emphasis on local talent also seems to be paying off.
And all that’s very good. 😀
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