Is This Part Of Newcastle Finally Starting To Work?


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

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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5 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Gramme, (correct spelling this time)
    Two weeks ago it was looking like plan B would have to be launched and some money spent in January now plan A is looking safe and we can offload Tiote and avoid spending anything, there is no plans for success with this policy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Graeme

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  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail – you got there in the end mate lol

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  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail, we have seen an up-turn in team performance with some very good results as well. It is a step in the right direction, for sure and a welcome one at that.

    If we see a change in the attitude of FCB, to match that of the team performance, a lot more people would start to come on board. Some clear ambition, to improve the squad; to openly confirm that we want to try and win a cup; we want to try and crack the top 6 – would all help to change the mind-set of a huge number of fans.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    It seems AP has finally realised that playing the youngsters, using pace and having a go is paying dividends. Not rocket science but he’s got there in the end.

    Awful about Obertan, coming at the worst possible time but we still have Aarons, Cabella, Sameobi and even Riviere can play wide in a front 3.

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