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McClaren’s Plan Put In Operation For Newcastle Youngsters

8:56 am, Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

One of the things that has impressed us with Steve McClaren, is that before August rolled around Steve had already sent three Newcastle players out on loan – Sammy Ameobi to Cardiff City for the season, Adam Armstrong to Coventry City and this week goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was sent out to Crawley Town on loan.

In the case of the two Newcastle teenagers it’s for an initial loan spell of six months until early January.

Crawley’s Keeper Freddie Woodman seen during the pre season friendly between Nuneaton Town and Crawley Town at Liberty Way in Nuneaton. July 29, 2015. James Boardman / TELEPHOTO IMAGES 07967642437

Freddie Woodman in action for Crawley on Wednesday night

In the past Newcastle have waited until late in August before they thought about sending players who need first team games out on loan,  so this shows that McClaren and company know what needs to be done to bring on the teenagers – regular first team games.

That’s what the big clubs do – sent their players out on loan and they don’t wait until the last minute to do it.

Local lad Armstrong has gone to Coventry and their manager Tony Mobray said this about the England U19 striker:

“We’ve been looking to add quality to our forward line and despite his young age, I believe Adam will give us a fantastic option. It is an important stage of his development and he needs first-team games to progress as a player so this is a big chance for him in his career.”

“He’s only 18 years old he’s got the body of a man – he’s got mobility, he’s got power and he scores goals with both feet.”

Freddie Woodman the England U19 goalkeeper has impressed in pre-season, and he will be challenging for the first team jersey at Newcastle before too long.

He made his debut on Wednesday night, and Crawley Town manager Mark Yates seemed pleased:

“What Freddie did he did he did well. You can see he is a confident young man, I have been after him all summer and I’ve got him! There were one or two others after him, but we like him.¨

“I would like to thank Lee Charnley and everyone at Newcastle for allowing it to make it happen.¨

“The kid’s a great keeper and has got a tremendous future. The only way he’s going to get a start is in his first loan spell.”

Freddie does have a tremendous future in the game, and the way he played in pre-season for Newcastle will do him no harm at all.

With Sammy Ameobi it’s a little different and at 23 he’s no longer a youngster.

The loan to Cardiff City is a final chance for the winger to show Steve McClaren that he can still do a job at his home town club.

But unless Sammy has a great season in south Wales, it’s likely he will leave Newcastle next summer.,

Newcastle signed Sammy to a two year deal in July, and it really looks like it’s do or die season for the winger, as far as his Newcastle future is concerned.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Freddie Woodman · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Sammy Ameobi

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon kk // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Sammy will be great in the championship, he’s hardly going to set the premier league on fire.

  • 2 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    It is excellent what the club are doing. How many youth prospects have we had recently that have failed to get into the first team over recent years? Obviously plenty of these guys were not of sufficient quality for us but in some cases you think tat people like Alnwick were failed. His development was hampered by having to be the third choice keeper and then when Krul and Elliot were out he was dropped in the deep end.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    it’s great that we’ve now successfully ditched carver, stone and woodman and have some good coaches around the first team squad.

    However, I am very concerned that the ”development ” squad and below are still run by beardsley and watson. clearly both are not good enough.

  • 4 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Todays match programme

    Is Gordon Lee Obertan’s father

  • 5 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    toon kk

    The problem with Sammy is that he’s inconsistent. Sometimes he can get the ball in from about 30 yards and other times he couldn’t hit a barn door from 5. And it was the same when he was on loan at Boro, he looked really good in some games and others didn’t seem to play.

  • 6 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    I had the same concerns not sure where I read it but it said that McLaren has changed a lot from the first team down to youth so basically beardo is doing what McLaren wants

    so I have hope its ok it also looks like McLaren wants to get them out onloan something pards never did

  • 7 OneAlanShearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Good luck to Sammy.

  • 8 toon kk // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Liverpool mag
    have to agree, he’s very inconsistent, but I don’t see him as a big star in the premier league, but who knows.
    It all boils down to after our first team we have no back up quality.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    expatmagI have no confidence in our long serving CDs but it appears we may be forced to endure another pocketed season of them. Your remarks about JE are correct and he is far from ideal, if he were good value it would be worthwhile with an appearance at the European Championship as good motivation.Laschellesleand Mbemba do not have the experience to make the first team places their own and an existing PL defender would be more suitable. Otherwise we are relying on Good and Satka to step up. IMO Collo will stop playing before January and Willo will hang around until he is put out of his (and ours) misery, leaving us relying on the unreliable Taylor. With Evans they may suceed in filling one of the positions for the season.Hopefully possible appearance in the League Cup final would attract the likes of Van Dijk in January.

  • 10 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    what time do we play today

  • 11 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    3 oclock KO marra

  • 12 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    I am not having a pop just giving my opinion.

    However some folks are so far off beam in their view of football it is breathtaking.

    Virgil van Dijk if given the opportunity to play with , Wijnaldum , Anita , Krul , DeJong , and Janmaat , would be here like a shot.
    Three games for Holland U21’s two years ago , gimme a break , jeepers

  • 13 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    toon kk

    At best I see his future for us being back up to Aarons (until Aarons is sold for roughly £40 mil in 3 years) but that’s only if he looks decent every time he plays

  • 14 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Does anyone know if there’s a stream of todays game?

  • 15 Jamseyd24 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Everyone keeps saying Laschelles isnt ready for the prem league, do you think he might get sent out on a 6 month loan again, with recall clause??

  • 16 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Must say I don’t know much about van Dijk so can’t comment on him but the idea of having three fresh and untested centre backs, even if 2 have CL experience sounds like a big risk. But so is using Colo and Willo so who knows…

  • 17 Jamseyd24 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    I think Evans would be a cracking addition to the team, not a world beater but much better than anything we have at present.

    Plus he is N Irish. lol

  • 18 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM


    I hope not! We need him. He should at least take the place of Willo in the team, he’s not going to become ready if we don’t play him

  • 19 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    cheers firebug

  • 20 Jamseyd24 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM


    I totally agree, not many people have included him in the team for todays match. I would trow him in, like you say he wont improve on the bench and surely he cant be any worse that Williamson.

    I only suggested the loan as no one seems to rate him as yet.

  • 21 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I think I just said “I’m not having a pop” THEN had a pop

    Ha ha ha

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    reporting the TOON have been in contact with QPR over Charlie Austin again this week

  • 23 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM


    You are very much entitled to all of your opinions.

    Do I understand correctly you do not rate Van Dijk? Is there a player under £10M you would consider worthy or are you fine with Dummett, who I forgot to mention?

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