Newcastle have failed fairly miserably to bring youngsters through to the first team, but we may be better positioned on that than we have been over the last eight years.
We have youngsters like Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman, Rolando Aarons, Kevin Mbabu, Alex Gilliead and newly signed Ivan Toney looking good.
Armstrong and Woodman are out on loan at Coventry and Crawley and they are doing well and the were in the England U19 side that beat Macedonia 2-0 on Thursday.
Paul Merson – Newcastle have no young players coming through
Alex Gillead is on loan at Carlisle and he looks like another promising forward for us.
But Paul Merson the former Arsenal striker and Sky Sports pundit has claimed Newcastle have no young players coming through the ranks.
This is what Paul has written in the Star today:
“Sunderland have got no kids coming through, and that needs to change,” “It’s the same at Newcastle, they’ve got nobody. That’s a big part of the country.”
“They need to start bringing young players through and giving them a chance. It’s no good bringing in a manager just to keep them up. They need to think long term.”
So Paul is a bit off the mark there with his Newcastle comment, although we have had a lot of promising players in the past in Mike Ashley´s reign.
And for one reason or another not one of them has managed to come through to play regularly in the first team.
Maybe Paul Dummett is the one exception to that.
Merson is right that the club has to think long-term – but we also have to think short-term this season and find a way we can stay in the Premier League after our worst start in the league for over a century.
What do you think?