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Don’t Forget Newcastle Have Top Youngsters Coming Through

While Alan Pardew admits some fans will be disappointed at what Newcastle were able to achieve in this transfer window, the Newcastle manager points out we still have a number of players form last summer to start to show ion Tyneside, including Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid and Gabby Obertan.

Sylvain Marveaux – injured most of last two seasons

This is what Alan said to the local press this morning about the transfer window just closed:

“Let’s be honest – it’s not about the money, it’s about the quality of the player.”  “I don’t think you can find one of fans who could argue we ain’t got value for money.”  “That will continue – we’ll strive to push that along.”

“Our fans will be slightly disappointed.”  “But I think in a week’s time they will think, ‘hold on we haven’t lost anybody and we’ve got Anita’.”  “We’ve also got a few young players to come in as well.”

“Romain has had a quiet start but Sylvain is starting to show what he has.”  “Not all players progress the same way.”  “Obertan has been here a year and probably gave us his best performance on Thursday. Players progress at different times. “

“We still have plenty in the background. Sammy Ameobi is another year down the line and it’s another year for Fergie.”  “Neither of them have been included yet.”  “We still have players to come in too. Mehdi Abeid is another one.”

On Thursday night Gabby was our Man of the Match with a very good display on the right wing,  and he got 57% of the vote,  with Marveaux on the other wing second in the voting, with 16%.

So that bodes well that these two Frenchman can put pressure on Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez,  for the two starting wing positions in the Newcastle first team.

And we haven’t seen much at all this season of Mehdi Abeid, and we expect him, along with other youngsters like Harris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Gael Bigirimnana and Sammy Ameobi to come through this season.

We thought Bigirimana played well for Newcastle on Thursday night, but it was also obvious that Gael and the other youngsters still have a lot to learn about the game, and maybe they can do that playing in the Europa League this season.

Newcastle have a lot of very good youngsters now coming through this season, and we didn’t even mention young local striker Adam Campbell. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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711 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Will be very surprised if Marveaux doesn’t start today. Was top notch on Thursday.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    thats fine but what about this season???????

  • stestickle

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    are youth is cleary no where near 1st team quality yet one or two maybe nearly there

  • Graeme

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    The emphasis being on the word “Youngsters”

    Still finding their way, learning their trade, growing into the team!! That we are having to rely on them due to lack of badly needed reinforcements is a very sad indictment of how the man at the top views the club and his vision for the future.

    Hey Ho.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, slow down man!

  • mackas7

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    och, I will be very suprised considering we don’t play till tomorrow 😛

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Hell! how about slowin down to 90 Ed.

  • stestickle

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    i will be very suprised if marvaux starts to day since we dont play till sunday

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    According to the lads at NUFC.com who watch their fair share of reserve games and seem to know their stuff,we shouldn’t hold our breath on players coming through.

  • ochytoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh. So is every game 4pm tomorrow? I thought it was just the Southampton match.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Crikey, Ed hasn’t produced an article in 5 minutes. I imagine him sitting slumped in front of his PC with smoke coming out of both ears and a high pitched fast whirring sound emanating from his nostrils

  • ochytoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    At the moment, I can only see Vuckic and Bigu threatening the first team.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I know keeping top players is something we take for granted but look at other sides.

    Spurs lost modric.
    Arsenal lost van persie and song
    Everton lost rodwell

    I imagine we would have sold if a good offer came in by who wouldn’t.

    I would have lived another 2/3 signings this summer, would have likes us to spend similar to other teams but most teams net spend isn’t huge.

    Everton strengthened after selling rodwell, Swansea after Alan an Sinclair left, arsenal after song and can persie and spurs after selling van der vaart and modric.

    I think we are in for a good season. Last year nobody imagine 5th.

    Chelsea were so poor under avb so maybe he will have that effect on spurs. He is already without the experience of king and vdv, both of whom had important parts to play last year.

    Arsenal have always over played and struggled for goals, without van persie they might not pick up as many points.

    Liverpool look much weaker especially with all those departures in the last 2 days..

    I think top 8 for us at least, possibly 5/6th.

    Injuries can ruin any other teams chances as much as ours. Most teams from 4-10th are one or two key injuries away from a difficult season.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    I cant see Marveaux starting although we do need creativity because we rely far too much on HBA. I dont think Pards sees him as a first teamer unless a striker gets injured and we play one up top and need support behind.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Otherwise its Guti all day long, because Santon is a poor defender. I’m not sure if we can class 5mill spend on Santon as a good use of our clearly incredibly limited transfer resources.The sad thing about this windon, is that next summer we will probably lose a top player, and only spend 20% of what we make. It would have been nice to strike now, with all our good players present.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Sage, who did Liverpool lose besides Carroll? The heads a bit sleepy. Ta

  • solano

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    “Sports Direct is now available in Greece”
    Just can’t get those words out of my mind! 😉

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    I think it’s the usual 442. Will he fit Anita in if Tiote is fit. Perhaps at fullback in place of Simpson. More likely off the bench but it would be good to see how he performs at fullback and that would then look a truly formidable side on paper.

  • nufc786

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Munster Mag
    they lost some bodies from midfield too like charlie adam and jay spearing…… plus with carroll gone for them if suarez and borini get injured……… bad news for them

  • ochytoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    So I guess you noticed that too haha. I’m sure those 30 Atrominos fans were delighted at the news.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #21


    We’ve been let down, yes. But why on earth did anyone expect any different? One signing (Cisse) seemed to convince everyone that everything had changed – madness.

    Maybe some fans are just able to be optimistic about things other than transfers. I don’t see anyone saying it’s been a fantastic window, but it’s the the end of bloody days.

    If the fact that we had a disappointing transfer window actually prevents people from enjoying watching football, then you’re very different to me.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Know there’s been a lot of talk, argument, and counter-argument, lost tempers, talk of transfers, talk of finances……
    Well I’ve come across this website today which I’d thought I’d share with you. It’s dead interesting as it shows the head income of all the clubs, tv income, ticket receipts etc…..plus all the transfers at the club since the heady keegan days…..interesting stuff!

  • Spreadthetoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    sorry should read “headline” income. LOL

  • Minato

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #24

    The only thing that truly disappoints is the defensive situation..I know I’ll potentially be accused of trolling.. But it’s the Simpson situation that greatly concerns me.. The guy jut gets caught out of position far too much last season and it’s been more of the same in this one.


    Santon Saylor Colo Guti (Anita)

    Tiote. Cabaye. Anita (Guti)

    Ben Arfa. Cisse. Ba

    Hope to see this against Villa…

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25



  • solano

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Ben3arfa…did you know that “Sports Direct is now available in Greece” ??
    Consoling words, indeed.

  • spitfire_

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Damn… I can’t wait to see Williamson and Perch or Good against Rooney and RVP… or Tavernier against Bale, Nani, Valencia… Adam Campbell against Vidic, Kompany, Vermaelen… Bigi against whatever… i’m so excited and i just can’t hide it…


    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Despite frustration, on reflection I’m quite happy with the window. We didn’t receive any bids for our so called big players. Credit here to the board for putting them on longer contracts and being able to ask high prices. The squad is strong enough to see us thru to jan then we can reassess. Despite the speculation linking us with a number of players, what is proven over the last couple of seasons is we do bring in the right player for the right price there is nothing wrong with this. An extra million for debuchy would have possibly got him, but where does
    it end. We will pay your 7m, then the seller says we actually want 8m.we need to be judged over both windows and at the end of the season. By the way in could be worse…..14m on fletcher!

  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29

    @spitfire seemed ok last season. 15 clean sheets and 5th place

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #30

    spitfire_ yes, definitely on the cards, literally asking for it.

  • mot7

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #31

    A bit dissapointed we didnt get anyone in but we have spent plenty in the past and its no guarantee of making you a better team lets just hope the injuries are few and far between and that some of the kids start to push for the starting eleven .
    I would prefer a youngster to to make the grade than buy a cheap import anyway .Lets just enjoy some of these top players while we still got them

  • robcstar

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #32

    If anyone is going to Bruges from Hull on the ferry found a discount voucher for p&o ferries: 9632

  • rftc6

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    been on this forum for two days, i,m away already , cant stand all the negativity its pathetic, a lot of folk have very very short memories. Jesus you lot support newcastle not manutd.city.barcelona,real madrid etc….no wonder others teams fans call us for being deluded….get behind the team man , only played two league games and we did qualify for next round in europe so is that a disaster then ? Give over

  • spitfire_

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34


    Last season… always “last season”… Last season we show ambition by buying Cisse… Well… a three times “last season” from now Colo sucks – meaning 2008… how about now? The things are changed and live in the present not in the past. The other teams evolving… gettin stronger… If Anita is Chuck Norris then I’ll be more than pleased with the transfers.

  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35

    @rftc6 well said mate

  • scotty17321

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Imho I feel arsenal and liverpool are in worse shape then last season yes arsenal have spent money and I know it’s only 2 games into the season bit from what I’ve seen podolski and giroud they look a million miles off the pace cazorla there only really stand out star, Liverpool have lost, carroll, bellamy,adam, soearing

  • mot7

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    How do you know adam campbell wouldnt do well against vidic etc or that tav couldnt deal bale or nani .Not many youth players become world class players when there just trying to get into the first team . But they have to be given a chance to play not get stuck behine a cheap import that the manager feels he has to play because he spent 6–7 mill on him

  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #38

    @spitfire who is stronger around 4th-8th?

  • scotty17321

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Imho I feel arsenal and liverpool are in worse shape then last season yes arsenal have spent money and I know it’s only 2 games into the season bit from what I’ve seen podolski and giroud they look a million miles off the pace cazorla there only really stand out star, Liverpool have lost, carroll, bellamy,adam, spearing…. Lucas is injured again ! Tottenham have spent but they have also received over 40million in fees and lost modric,vdv and king, will dembele and Dempsey step up I’m not sure ??

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #40

    I don’t see this negativity that people are complaining about. Aren’t expectations simply higher this season and concerns then naturally heightened. Why get offended by another persons opinion anyway, on a blog of all places, seems a little childish, unless its personal, haven’t seen any of that either.

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