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Newcastle Must Improve In This Area For Future Success

2:51 pm, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Newcastle are still looking for top young players in Europe and one youngster who is attracting the interest of Newcastle is 16-year-old striker Callum Douglas, who was raised in the north-east and like many great players started his youth career at Wallsend Boys Club.

The Newcastle Youth Academy and the Development squad are areas of the club that we must improve over the next few seasons if Newcastle are to become a top team in England again.

callum douglas

Callum Douglas – 16 year-old 6’3″ striker

The news is that Douglas will be on Tyneside for a trial in the summer, and with the lad being a fan of Newcastle United – if he comes through the trail OK we must stand a decent chance of signing the youngster.

Douglas started out as a defender but those hamburgers have had their effect and at only 16 Callum is already 6ft 3ins tall and probably hasn’t stopped growing yet and he has moved to be a striker.

When we were growing up many moons ago in Newcastle we didn’t see too many men who 6ft tall, but things have changed big time since that time.

The player currently plays for Elche’s reserve team in Spain, and has impressed this season, scoring over 45 goals for the club located on the Costa Blanca.

It’s not too surprising that Sunderland are in the hunt for the player who would be signed on Tyneside, if he shows up well in his trial whoever the new head coach will be in the summer.

Indeed it looks like whoever is appointed as the new head coach will have little influence on tansfer targets this summer, since the senior transfer targets  are unlikely to change with Graham Carr pulling the strings on transfers at Newcastle these days.

That’s one reason not many good coaches want to come to the Newcastle because of the way it’s run these days.

The reports suggest that we have beaten several Spanish clubs to the striker but Newcastle have not done well in the last eight years bringing players through the Newcastle Youth Academy.

And this summer three local lads who had great promise a few years ago – Adam Campbell,  Jak Alnwick and Remie Street have been allowed to move on and have not had their contracts renewed.

And Jack Alnwick in 2011 and Remie Streete  the next year were winners of the prestigious Wor Jackie award – given to the best player at the U18 level at the club each year.

Comments welcome.


Tags: Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Recruitment

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM


    Totally agree on Abeid him and Dummett looked completely different players when they came back from being on loan Dummett looks a natural centre back and looks solid Abeid has never had a chance to play his proper position but he does a fine job of defensive mid

    Yeah he made that mistake at Man Utd although Kruls kicking was shocking as well !!

    When we went on that incredible winning streak the Abeid , Sissoko and Colback where in the middle and all of them worked extremely hard I remember the away game against West Brom their midfielders could not get past Abeid!!

    Apparently he is outspoken when it comes to tactics and training methods which I imagine Carver would not have liked seeing as he does not have a clue !!

  • 2 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 3, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Surely we have to try for Andre Ayew

  • 3 Our Toon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    You are right Abeid is outspoken from what I’ve heard as well, he didn’t like the public criticism he got after the man utd from Carver. He is someone who hopefully can develop further and become better.

    As for Dummett, he’s championship standard at best and only looks good because willo is divisor standard and Colo is finished!! Newcastle United shouldn’t have the likes of Dummett starting games!!

  • 4 armchair fan // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Heres a little rap about Mike Ashley,
    The fat controller, the dictator, semi-nazi,
    The charvas call him the fat cockney radgey,
    Skimping leagues for business leads to an apache,

    But don’t stop there, he knows how to spout out lies too,
    Could you not tell him shaking in the interview?
    One messed up word and he’d be sweating in his fatty boots,
    ‘My door’ he said, but I knew he wasn’t telling the truth,
    All just for the fans to get their season tickets renewed.

  • 5 Our Toon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    So we have decided it’s McClaren and down south at West Ham they are interviewing Unai Emery the double winner of the Europa League….the man who won that trophy amd then defended it!!

  • 6 Our Toon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Toon From Leeds

    I think we should steer clear of Ayew, the lads a mercenary who’s best suited to the likes of QPR. I don’t think he’d contribute much and wouldn’t get stuck in for the fight!!

  • 7 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:08 PM


    Wouldn’t it be nice and yes your points hold merit but that will never happen.

    As I’ve said, he cares not a jot what the SD shareholders think so what makes you think he’d listen to us the nufc customers?

    As long as the ground stays full what in the slugs eyes is going wrong?

    Absolutely nothing.

    People are willing to pay to watch a substandard product so therefore have no leg to stand on so to speak if it ever came to fruition (again never will lol)

    As I say many times, he picked the perfect club and set of fans to take the piss out of.

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Our Toon doesn’t that just sum up our illustrious owners “ambition”

  • 9 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Scottoon from previous

    Excellently put. That’s exactly how I feel.

  • 10 GEORDIE69 // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    @ Lee Charnley Bunga Party, kinda explains why Carver and Bellamy fell out. Old school coaching. If I was Abeid, I would of smashed Carver as how can you respect your manager that is slaughtering you in public.

    How easy is it for Ashley to be forgiven. Give 60 million plus the sales of unwanted players and give 100 percent power of transfers and all decisions to a top manager. All coaches and scouts would be sacked including, Carver, Stone, Carr and Beardsley ect ect
    Unfortunately we are light years behind as we are rotten to the core. Our board level and coaching staff are abysmal.

    I personally was excited about Patrick Viera, being given a chance as he would of been given time. He is definitely well respected.

    No top manager would want his players bought and sold for him.

    Get your money on us to be relegated next season if the Wolly gets it.

  • 11 scottoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    AC –

    cheers mate. I cant shake the feeling that we get what we deserve if we just sit back and take it.

  • 12 almondrichie // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM



  • 13 DevonToon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    @ oirtoon – Ayew would be a huge signing… mercenary or not he would be fantastic in this league! Remy was a mercenary and he was absolutely class here!

    Ayew – De Jong – Cabella
    Colback – sissoko

    On paper looks class

  • 14 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Fans didn’t always enjoy his brand of football and at one stage he had a season ticket flung his way during a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

    Newcastle fans enjoy seeing attacking football, but McClaren likes to break games down and keep things tight and squeeze the life out of opponents.

    This is the kind of HEAD COACH WE ARE GETTING!.

    Michael James Wallace Ashley is a LIER

  • 15 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    DevonToon // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Atacking Players will be made to Stay at the Position and Run BACKWARDS to cover the Defenses.

    That is what Ayew will be doing if he is here.

    TO LEARN TO DEFENSE AND PROTECT IS AYEW JOB. He needs to learn that or be SHIPPED OUT or play will under 18

  • 16 nastynorm // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    This club dosnt deserve our support theyre a joke, Carr wants wally as manager he’s losing his marbles shud be on stage with his son as a double act ! charnleys clueless knows nowt about footy probably never played the game or seen a football for his belly, What decent manager wud cum & work with these jokers surely a manager picks players he wants not sum pen pusher & a senile old git. Looking 4ward to dull footy nxt season & another relegation battle, pleased I’m not goin !

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