The two things we’ve actually liked that owner Mike Ashley has done since he arriving on Tyneside is building a youth policy and also expanding the world wide scouting system of the Newcastle club.
Mike Ashley – will continue building Youth system at Newcastle
News yesterday that Newcastle will continue to invest in Newcastle’s Youth policy and will shape the club around the model Arsenal have been so successful with over the last several years.
Newcastle are already seeing results form the Youth Policy with the youngsters in the last four of the FA Youth Cup this season, and youngsters like Tamas Kadar, Tim Krul, Fraser Forster, Andy Carroll, Nile Ranger and Haris Vuckic are already coming through well at present.
And some good news about Vuckic, our Slovenian U21 attacking midfielder, who is still only 17 years old.
Haris could make his comeback from injury on Tuesday night when Newcastle Reserves take on Whitley Bay at Hillheads Park (7.30 pm). And Joey Barton may even play in some part of that game.
The Slovenian, signed in January of last year, has been out injured since last October with knee and ankle problems, and of course Joey has also been out since last October with his foot injury.
As well as the young lads doing well on Tyneside, the scouting system has unearthed some good buys in the last season or two.
Certainly Sebastien Bassong, now at Tottenham, was one of the best buys Newcastle ever made.
Seb wanted to stay in the Premiership and was sold to Tottenham last summer for almost an £8M profit – and that was in just 10 months.
Of course, we’d prefer the good players to stay at the club, and it seems like Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge are three good buys made in January, as each one of them is a current starter at Newcastle.
We look forward to the summer when we expect to see more savvy signings, and also bring more top youngsters into the club.
And it looks very likely that Chris Hughton will try to bring in at least two top youngsters to Newcastle on season long loan deals, from some of the top clubs.
Right now it seems that Tom Cleverley of Manchester United, currently on loan at Watford, and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal, currently on loan at Bolton, are two players Chris likes a lot.
We reported yesterday that Tom Cleverley is a player Hughton is very interested in bringing to Newcastle for next seaosn.