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Michael Richardson Hoping For Breakthrough Season

Midfielder Joey Barton and his new French colleague Yohan Cabaye have  travelled with the Reserve team squad earlier this week to Holland for their three game tour.

Michael Richardson – hoping for breakthrough season

That’s after both of them had been denied US visas, although the news yesterday was that Cabaye’s finally came through.

So we’re not quite sure why he will not now travel to the US, especially as Ben Arfa and Haris Vuckic have both been injured over here, and Ben Arfa will return to Newcastle tomorrow for treatment on his injured left ankle.

The presence of both players will be a big help to the youngsters in the Development squad, and certainly manager Peter Beardsley seems delighted to have them along.

That’s certainly true for local lad 19-year-old Michael Richardson, who only a year ago  was as an electrician for the Newcastle City Council and playing  for  the Walker Central team.

Michael got a trial last summer at Newcastle, and has never looked back, and was on the bench for the last few games of the season, when Newcastle were hit by injuries to many of their senior players.

Unfortunately the same thing seems to be happening in pre-season.

Michael is one of the many bright young players hoping to make a breakthrough at Newcastle next season, although with new midfield players in Marveaux, Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid, who is even younger than Michael, it makes it all a little harder – but there again there’s nothing quite like competition to bring the best out of players.

This is what Richardson told the Newcastle Journal today:

“It makes it harder, but it’s also good for us as well because it’s good to learn from them. “

“They have come in and they are different kinds of players and the more and more we train with them, the more we are going to be better for it.

“We are playing against better players, so it’s only going to help our progression.”

Richardson is now part of the first team squad,  although he didn’t make the trip to America, and it will be interesting to see if the lad  stays on Tyneside next season, or if Alan Pardew elects to send him out on loan to some other club.

Michael continued:

“I just have to keep working hard in the reserves first, keep playing games and hopefully play to the best of my ability to impress Willie and Pete.”

“Then if they see something, they will obviously tell first-team coach Steve Stone or assistant manager John Carver or the gaffer, and hopefully I will be pushed in.”

Michael still has to make his Newcastle first team debut, but we have to hope that some of our teenagers  like Michael, Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson and Phil Airey, as just five examples, come through big time next season, to bolster the paper-thin Newcastle squad.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    He could get his chance quicker than expected!

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Good wee player but very lightweight for the PL,but they gotta get experience somewhere.
    Certainly can\t do worse than Smudger

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope not though! It’s ridiculous pushing him too quickly given his meteoric rise. The added pressure of being a local lad ( and a ginger 😉 ) could prove to much of a burden especially as it would most likely mean he has been propelled forward as much because of an injury crisis and lack of numbers as because of him being ready for the big time (ala Ranger)

  • deeeeeeano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    What happened with Vukic and how longs he expected out? Seem to have missed that somehow. I think the Ben arfa injury is just a minor blip after coming back from a bad injury, it’s quiet common.


    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Well he is in line for atleast a bench spot against Arsenal so far

  • Dan in france

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    ahaha he looks a bit like dobby from harry potter i luv that guy ^^


    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Get him in

  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    From the highlights so far, we’re way off the pace (as expected) and Jonas looks lost without Enrique behind him. Did I mention the injuries?

    Pre-season is a hoot!

  • Klatoon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Can someone please comment on Marveaux’s perfomance,did he hug the touchline/cut infield often/whip in crosses? Thx

  • Knocking on Beavans Door

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Richardson looks like a young Tommy Craig, who the Chronically Ill used to refer to as the Flame Haired Scot with the educated left foot – and we wonder where Viz got their ideas fir Billy the Fish lol


    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Well this morning has just killed the day! Benny injured 🙁

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed, can we give up on this paper thin squad nonsense. By my reckoning we have at least 22 first teamers and another 12 fringe/youngsters like Vuckic and Tavernier. We’ve just had injuries to 1 first teamer and 2 or 3 of the fringe players and you’ve got everyone on here squealing like babies! You can’t have it all ways. We increased the squad so far this season with four in and one out, each one of those costs probably £2m in wages which over the length of their contracts is £10m each! Three new players in the squad equals £30m and then you complain about the club not spending the Carroll money. Grow up, please!

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    We need more Gingers LOL. he will look fantastic in that away shirt, just like he’s been tangoed LOL
    It didnt do Tommy Craig much harm, what a class act he was. Can’t say the same for Paul Sweeney ha ha ha
    If this kid gets in, I am sure he will show the desire and pride that only local lads can feel pulling on that shirt at SJP. Good luck son!!

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Felipe @ 12;
    Are you a maths genius or is your FIFA 11 broke? only 1 out and 4 in? That must mean 1 car load out surely, Kuqi (squad member) out. Campbell (squad member) out, Nolan (Squad member) Out.
    Not rocket science. Add to this that Jose is gone, as sure as you cant count.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15


    Couldn’t agree more, but some people will only see what they want to see.

    How is playing a 19 year old too soon !!

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    @Lynxie: I can count alright. I counted that Kuqi was here on a four month contract and Campbell on a 9 month contract so they don’t come into the equation. As for Jose, I will count further ins and outs as they happen and not based on the Sun, the Chronicle or your good self. Otherwise I would have to count in about 157 players that we are corrently linked with 🙂

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Derek aka Felipe…come on, stop spinning the same old drivel. There are indeed numbers in the squad, though certain positions haven’t any specialised cover at all (eg. left back) The debate is about quality and to date, we haven’t managed to move any of the deadwood on (signed under your bosses tenure) and have failed to bring in, bar one, proven talent. The squad IS paper thin and whinge or not, there are plenty of people who can see past the end of their noses and will comment on this infuriating and dangerous situation.
    Free transfers (while not inherently wrong) are a high risk strategy especially if they have injury problems – especially so, when we were supposed to have real money to spend on quality, fit players. From a position of strength entering the transfer window, we are now in a position of weakness and are vulnerable to the last day bids for our unsettled and disillusioned quality players. Sound familiar?

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    The Kuqi debate is really an irrelevant side issue when you take into consideration the circumstances he arrived in.
    Why are we slipping into the same desperate position? They haven’t learned a single lesson from past experience and the pursuit of profit at any cost will prove to be their downfall as the fans will not tolerate it forever. I just hope it doesn’t cost us our Premier status in the meantime.

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda (15)…because he was wiring my gran’s kitchen last year! I’ve seen a lot of good local lads pushed forward too quickly when the team has struggled and it has been the ruin of them. Yes, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough but a little caution is required in this case.

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    @Solano: We finished 12th in the EPL last season and should have finished 9th. We have increased and in my (and many others) opinion improved the squad since then. Increasing the size costs money which we fortunately had due to the sale of the waster Carroll. I’m hoping and expecting we still have some left to bring Erding in. If we sell Jose then I expect him to be replaced. End of. You can (and no doubt will) whinge and squeal from now until the end of the season about how that nasty man Ashley is a spoilsport for not spending his every last penny on footballers you’ve seen on FIFA 11. It will do you no good, it will do the club no good and fosters nothing but bad feeling at the club and at the ground on match days. If that’s how you support your team I wish you would go and support another…

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    The old adage is true, that if you are good enough you are old enough. I agree, but only if they are ‘good enough’. Clearly the young uns do not need the additional pressure of HAVING to play because there are not enough players in the squad. Ardiles tried this policy of playing the kids all at once remember? They were indeed a sign of the future, played some great football, but lost almost every week becasue of a lack of experience and know how. It simply came too early for a few of them, and damaged thier progress, not forgetting that we almost went into Div 3. When they are ready, is a more pertinent point at which to introduce them, not becasue we are forced to, which unfortunately a few more injuries may see us in.

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Fact: Kuqi was a squad member.
    Fact: Campbell was a squad member.
    Fact: Nolan was a squad member.

    Fact: Cabaye is a squad member
    Fact: Marveaux is a squad member
    Fact: Abeid is a squad member
    Fact: Ba is a squad member.
    Fact: Erdinc is NOT a squd member
    Fact: Uncle Tom Cobley is NOT a squad member.
    So thats 3 out, with 4 in.
    Massive increase in a paper thin squad that isnt it?
    Now add to this, (All facts) Guthrie injured, Ferguson injured, ben Arfa injured, Gosling still in recovery, Enrique likely to be gone very soon (get used to it).
    Routledge likely to be history any day now, Ranger possibly on his way?
    Now from where I sit, with four games to play and the transfer window creaking closed slowly, the word for today is: ‘Precarious’.

    As you can see, I go on facts.

  • solano

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    I wish you would! They have invented a whole new way of accounting by counting wages over the length of a contract and you buy into it and state we have little or no money left! I have not at any time been proposing we spend huge amounts on youtube players- indeed, from what I recall, it was the Ashley lovers, who were dreaming all the exotic names up! What I did propose was investment in real terms- something that we have simply not done. We are bottom of the investment table, with a 5 year net average transfer profit of £10m and you are telling everyone we are spending on quality! You are at best a fool. Not a penny spent.

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    If as we are led to believe, wages are part of any deal, how come the savings on Campbell, Kuqi and Nolans wages are not factored in? That at least should cover a £5million purchase………….. even more if we offload Smudger, Ranger, Routledge, Perch, Xisco and Guthrie. We might even have enough for a decent player!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Felipe – Mate no offence but stop being a donut. Our squad was THIN last year, and has gone up by one player. You can work that out right. You can’r count players who have not made it yet as part of our squad?!!

    So lets throw in kids who haven’t made it yet, aren’t ready and destroy there confidence? I swear you must be on a wind up honesty, with that contracts over five years!! LET ME PUT THIS SIMPLY FOR YOU!!! YOU DONT PAY CONTRACTS UP FRONT FOR THEIR DURATION. WHAT IF MARVEUX,BA, CABEYE LEAVE BEFORE FIVE YEARS?!! Sometimes i feel like banging my ehad against a brick wall.

    Also, most businesses budget for contracts, out of icnome derived from in the club, gates, merch, corporate. So we dont sell Carroll, we can pay wages any more? what about the wages of campbell, kuqi, nolan, carrol they have gone right?

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    I’ll tell you what, the players must be absolutely shagged. Has anyone else read the team movements and schedule, its a grueller. Straight after the game, whisked to the hotel and then to airport for a cross country flight, and a transfer to Florida, they must be absolutely knackered, I hope they get time to recover, or pulled muscles will be an epidemic by sunday.

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    @Lynxie: If you can’t see the difference between a 5 year contract and a 4 month contract then I’m wasting my time on someone who didn’t pay attention at school. Regardless of that the only fact is that we currently have around 22 players (not counting the likes of Routledge) who have all got first team experience and another 12 or so on the fringe (I include Guthrie, Perch, Kadar etc who all have first team experience as well along with the likes of Vuckic and Donaldson). How can you possibly say that 30 odd players is paper thin?

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    One thing is for sure, Felipe is not a pen name for John Carver:


  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Even Pardew and Carver reckon we ‘NEED’ more players in. I rest my case.

  • Lynxie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Felipe: the fact that you ‘include’ Perch, Routledge and Kadar, makes me thankful that you are not manager of NUFC because you obviously dont know a good , competent and capable footballer , from a lumpp of wood. KEEP UP!!

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    @johnnybrookes25: If we increase the squad by 3 players which we have done (you can’t take a 4 month contracted player into account, surely even you can understand that one!) on even a modest £30k per week then that’s £22.5m more over the next 5 years. You can’t say just take it out of income derived because that is fixed. It isn’t going to go up just because we’ve increased the squad sixe is it?
    As to your other point. You clearly can’t read or count. I said that the youngsters were included in the 12 or so fringe players not the 22 with first team experience. How can you call 22 players paper thin? 1 or 2 light, perhaps but paper thin?

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    @Solano23: Unfortunately your paper profit went down the tubes when we got relegated.

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    @Lynxie30: I never said I was a premier league manager. I don’t even say I know a good footballer any more than any other supporter on here. But I reckon I know how to run a business a little better than you do…

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    @Lynxie28: Before you get all of your fellow moaners excited he only reiterates what Pardew is on record as saying, that we look to bring in 1 or 2 more players. That’s certainly what I am expecting, probably Erding and one other. With 6 weeks to go until the window closes there is loads of time for that. Apart from that if we offload some of the dead wood as you call it then there may be a couple of others but you’re not going to get Pardew to say that until they’re off the books (whinging or no whinging).

  • magpiebop

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35

    You’d think you all worked at Richard Heads accountancy! Lol

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Your all a bunch of moaners, None of you know how to run a football club.

    Now everyone can just do their @charlietoon and stop wasting space bickering like 5 year olds

  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    @Charlietoon36: Spot on.


    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #38

    wait till he wears that all black jersey he will be like a duracel battery! but on the flip side his hair will go great with the third strip.

  • oscar j

    Jul 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #39

    btw richardson used to play for red house farm when he got picked up and he should efinately get a 1st team appearance next season


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