Alan Pardew was asked yesterday how he thought England were doing with Gareth Southgate as the England U21 manager, and trying to get young English players ready with the right skills for the future – using the new St George’s Park National Football Center at Burton on Trent.
Adam Armstrong – promising local lad coming through
And in response to that question the manager mentioned that at Newcastle we had done a good job in that area with our current youngsters:
“The most important thing is the development of players and individual ability at clubs, and technical ability, and making sure that he foundations are right.”
“We’ve done a pretty good job here and we’ve got the best batch of youngsters we’ve ever had at this football club, and we have concentrated very much on our local area, and that’s something clubs can take heed from.”
This season we have seen younger players like Rolando Aarons, Massadio Haidara, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid come through into the first team, and local lad Adam Armstrong will also likely get a lot more games this season.
In addition to them we have players like Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Callum Roberts, Olivier Kemen and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, and the Newcastle manager is now anxious to get some of them out on loan to good clubs, so they can get first team experience.
That’s what Abeid did last season in Greece – and he now is a much improved player – with a terrific temperament and attitude.
Certainly the concentration on the local area seems to be paying off, but we also need to look around England for some good young talent we can bring in and develop on Tyneside.
And that’s why it’s exciting that we may be able to 18 year young England star Deli Alli to the club from MK Dons next summer.
In the seven years Mike Ashley has owned the club we have never been very successful in bringing youngsters though to the first team, but that seems to be changing this season – and it’s simply great to see.
It’s one area that if Newcastle can get it working, we will have a good supply of talent coming through in the years ahead, and it could even help us become a top team in England again.
That’s the hope in any case.
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