Newcastle Have Players Untested At Highest Level

Rob Elliot is out injured until at least early January, although it would be good news if his thigh injury is not as bad as first thought, and that the 28 year-old could return towards the end of this month – during the heavy December schedule of games.

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Rob Elliot – ouch – feels his thigh as he walks off at half time

Rob has been interviewed a few times since the Chelsea win, and this is some of what he said:

“We still have some fantastic players to come back. Tim is out at the moment, Siem de Jong too.” “There’s no reason why we can’t kick on and try to get ourselves further up the table.”

“This season is a great test for us. There are a lot of players untested at this level but we have new signings and experience.”

One of the exciting things that has happened this season is that we have had to rely on a number of our younger players – like Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Adam Armstrong  – and on Saturday – Jak Alnwick.

In every single case they have played well when representing Newcastle in the first team.

That’s got to be good for Newcastle United that players have stepped up to the plate in Newcastle’s time of need, which our youngsters famously didn’t do two years ago when we had lots of extra fixtures due to the Europa League.

Newcastle look like they are starting to do something right at the Youth level to bring players through the ranks – and that’s great to see – and it’s one way we can build a very good squad at the club – much like Southampton have done.

We have to hope these lads continue to produce at the highest level throughout this season, and if the youngsters can do that – it’s a good question as to where we can finish up in the Premier League.

Maybe in the top six?

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19 comments so far

  • mag92

    Dec 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle United, have the 4th most productive youth academies in the Premier league; only Manchester United, Spurs, and Arsenal, have fielded more academy graduates this season.

  • cyprus

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome back Jonas. You are an inspiration.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    You see the heading


    That would not be the case if Ashley did not insist on having a paper thin first team squad, they have got away with it so far becuase Aarons, Dummett, Perez and Abeid have performed. There would have been big problems if it hadnt of worked out that way.

  • swemag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    mag92 – I would have said Southampton, considering a lot of their products have gone on to other teams. Lallana, Walcott etc.

  • bills-son

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    robertsleftfoot – That would not be the case if Ashley did not insist on having a paper thin first team squad.

    What a load of tosh!!

    We’ve got the best squad we’ve had, if not better potentially, than we’ve had since we finished 5th.

    The squad that finished 5th couldn’t have coped with up to 11 players out injured. We’ve done that and won 6 in 8 games beating City, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea.

    Paper thin squad my ar$e.

  • AccyToon1

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I just hope the ‘big’ players don’t just walk back into the team. Can’t wait to see SDJ play but I can wait.

  • AccyToon1

    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry, want to see SDJ play but I xan wait.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #8

    a unique opportunity to to test them then is it not

  • Thump

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #9

    “Jak is like a new signing for us”

  • archaeomag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Danny Ings for NUFC

    Caller to Total Sport !!

  • mag92

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Aarrons, Obertan, De Jong, Krul, Santon and Abied, all to comeback; the team starts to look anything else, but paper thin.

  • mag92

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently Danny Ings, will be signed in the January, transfer market!

  • John Tudor

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #13

    as thin as baccy paper lol

  • Douglas

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Ings: dont believe it. He will add little and get in the way of Armstrong

  • archaeomag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    @92 The Star put a spin on it – Ashley wants him for Rangers.

  • toon kk

    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #16

    When our players are all fit again they’ll be like new signings.

    Is Aarons fit for Arsenal?

  • archaeomag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Rolando Aarons and Mehdi Abeid condition unknown…

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 11, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Just been reading your drivel from yesterday..

    @I don’t blame u bcoz that is the type of response we expect when we chat with bird heads like you on this blog.
    You are the one who don’t like and rate AP.If u don’t like and rate AP,why do u bother talking about him?You started to revert now and say
    “I am partial on pardew” why?
    bcoz shame caught u as he started to prove u are wrong.Infact I don’t care whether u are partial or not.Fellow bloggers didn’t care either bcoz they ignored you as u asked silly and nonsense Q.This is perfect example of trolling and u call others trolls?Hmmmm?
    Trying to bite reyantoon?? Funny..
    My fault.I shouldn’t started with you.I didn’t know you possess bird brain!
    You called him “clown” remember and this is not the way to express your “partialness”
    Now who is the clown?
    quietness from fellow bloggers answered you all,so speak your drivel for yourself!!

    I didn’t call the mgr “king”.This name was given by themselves(anti-pradews) just like you…ha ha ha ha ha ha !

    But I like to tell that Pardew is the BEST mgr we got after Keegan and sir Bobby!!

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Bills son

    We have the strongest squad, no we dont, if you think that you must be booked in at the tramwell.

    We have got lucky because the young players who have come in to cover have done a good job and held their own, if we have such a good squad how come a young spanish centre forward from the second division is playing reularly?
    If we have such a strong squad how are we playing Alnwick in goal this week?
    If we have such a strong squad how is sammy playing regularly when he could tie his laces last year (granted he has improved but not enough)
    If the young lads hadnt done so well we would still be struggling and no doubt you would be part of the pardew out brigade.


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