We had a piece on Haris Vuckic yesterday, who is currently struggling at Newcastle to get any first team games, and two other former top youngsters – Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson – are also struggling to make it on Tyneside.
21 year-old Gael Bigirimana trained with Yeovil for a couple of days this week, but has now returned to Newcastle, and he continues to look for a loan deal at a Football league club, before the cut-off date of November 27th.
We’re not sure what’s happened with Bigirimana, since he had a really good first season at Newcastle two years ago, when he played 25 times for the first team and looked a very good young player, but since then he has appeared only once for the first team.
And 18 times capped Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson is now 23, and he’s made 32 appearances for the Newcastle first team, and is also looking for a club to go out on loan to – and Shane hasn’t even been given a squad number this season.
Shane is coming off a fairly unsuccessful loan spell at Birmingham City last season, when he found it hard to even make the bench towards the end of the season.
But along with Haris Vuckic – these three players can take heart and look at how Mehdi Abeid turned his career around last summer when he went out on loan to Panathinaikos, and the lad had a great season and made 38 appearances and scored 10 goals.
The French-born Algerian is starting for Newcastle at the moment and playing very well, and the 22 year-old has just been called up for the full Algerian squad..
So there’s certainly hope for these three youngsters, and Alan Pardew is giving them maximum time to prove themselves.
This is what Alan has said today about Abeid:
“He’s definitely a gauge for other young players – not just at this football club, but other Premier League clubs,” Pardew said.
“He’s shown that going out on loan can help massively. He came back from that loan spell a much better player. We need to thank the club for what they did for him. But it worked both ways because he did very well.
“It’s a system I’ve always believed in. We’ve got players out on loan at the moment and we’ll continue to do that, because I think it works.”
We hope to see all three players hooked up with clubs before the end of this month, but they will know that time is starting to run out for all three.
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