Over the last eight years Newcastle have not been successful with their youth policy and bringing youngsters through to the first team, and that’s continued this season with players like Sammy Ameobi not going to make it – and it’s very likely the local lad will leave the club in the summer when his contract runs out – because he’s simply not good enough or consistent enough to be a first teamer at his home town club.
Adam Armstrong – 18 year-old local lad
We have had some young players that we thought would make it, and one of them is 20 year-old striker Adam Campbell, who is currently on loan at Gateshead.
And while some fans think we don’t give the youngsters enough of a chance at the club – John Carver makes the opposite argument – and says playing Adam Campbell in Europe in 2012 and giving him his head that season – he made 5 appearances in total in season 2012-2013 – actually worked against his development.
This is what Carver said about Armstrong and Campbell:
“It’s very difficult. People want Adam Armstrong to play and it’s a difficult situation for Adam, because his form in the reserves hasn’t been great. He hasn’t been prolific.”
“He’s a young player developing and we had a situation with Adam Campbell not so long ago, where he got fast tracked and he got thrown into that European game and everybody thought he was going to be the next Franco Zola or whatever and he wasn’t. And it affected him.”
“I don’t want the same thing happening to Adam Armstrong.” “What Adam needs at this football club is to be out on loan, playing in the Championship or playing in League One for a good season.” “And we almost let him do that, until Papiss got suspended.”
“He was on his way to Bolton, I think it was, or Forest.” “He needs a good season out on loan, in the Championship, banging in goals, as part of his development but because of the circumstances we’ve had to keep hold of him, keep him in the squad and use him sparingly.”
That’s one of the top jobs our new coach has to do – bring through the youngsters to the first team.
So Newcastle should be looking for a head coach who is excellent at coaching both the first team players and the youngsters, and bringing the very best out of them.
So if we do bring some good players in and appoint a really top head coach we may even do well next season.
But it’s looking very much like it’s Steve McClaren’s job to turn down, and that would be very disappointing if Steve is appointed in the summer.
What do you think?
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