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Newcastle Youngsters Didn’t Take Their Big Opportunity

One of the reasons that Newcastle didn’t being in more players during the summer – in addition to being too frugal – was there was a sense at the club that the many good Newcastle’s youngsters could take up the slack – and they would be given their chance in Europe and in the Premier League this season.

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Shane Ferguson – still has a future at Newcastle

But what happened is that our youngsters have been disappointing, and simply couldn’t get the job done for the club when they were needed most – so after an influx of five French players this month – our top youngsters will now be loaned out – so they can get some valuable first team playing time.

Alan Pardew has stressed he still has faith in the youngsters:

“I still have high hopes for Sammy, for Fergie.” “It’s a good question at this time, because I think they need to go out and get eight or nine games under their belt, perhaps at Championship level, to get their confidence back.”

“They’ve had to come into a losing situation and we’ve had to ask three or four of them to go into the team and pick us up. It’s very, very difficult that. I have some sympathy for them.” “There is a route and Adam Campbell is another one who is actually very unlucky not to travel with this group because he’s been doing really well in training.”

“The most ideal situation for this club is to produce our own and we’ll be looking at that very, very strongly in the summer in terms of trying to improve that area.”

It’s also clear that the lads will be given more chances at Newcastle – and to be fair to them – it’s always hard for youngsters to come into a side that is struggling – and we have been struggling since early November – and lost the vast majority of our games. 🙁

But we’ve seen players like 21 year-old Paul Dummett, 19 year-old Curtis Good and 20 year-old Brad Inman prosper out on loan recently at St. Mirren, Bradford and Crewe Alexandra respectively, and there’s no reason why Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson cannot have outstanding loan spells through the end of the season.

Then they will have a chance – maybe their last chance next season – to prove they are potential Newcastle first team players once pre-season rolls around in July.

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15 comments so far

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t wait for tonight,really hope they let Anita take the set pieces if he play’s,his delivery from dead balls is better than Cabaye’s imo.Defending dead-ball’s has been 1 of Villa’s weaknesses.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    i disagree. players like ferguson did try to take their opportunity. They simply wasnt good enough


    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Surely there is a destination for them? Birmingham are in need of players (could be used to get Butland and Redmond?)

  • toonbrother

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    a club that lets a guy like colocinni remain as captain has no respect for itself. The man is in no frame of mind to play let alone captain the team

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Campbell would be a class signing for any championship team….let him finish the season elsewhere.

    Realistically he might get a few games on the bench but can’t see him getting on the pitch for us…even though I m convinced the guy is good enough.

    Get him on loan, boro don’t have many good options upfront, see if they want him, they play good football too which will help him develop.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6


    Good call, Boro would be perfect for Campbell.

    I’m not sure any of the youngsters are good enough.
    When you can buy a player like Sissoko for less than 2M what’s the point in keeping Sammi, Gosling, Tav etc when they won’t make the first team.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    toonbrother– your not in a position to judge whether Coloccini is in the right frame of mind. That’s for Coloccini and ultimately Pardew to decide. It depends how mentally strong Coloccini is. The many trials and tribulations of John Terry did not prevent him from consistently playing.

  • rainrix

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Its been hard for them this season, some such as sammy have been unfairly written off imo. Its hard coming into a low confidence team that isnt doing well, talk about throwing someone into the deep end.

    The clubs gone the wrong way about developing these kids tbh, loans are the way to go ideally to championship/spl sides. I reckon sammy and fergie would have done a lot better this year with just a little experience behind them.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Ian toon his performances in recent weeks tell me all i need to know. The mans mind is elsewhere as evidenced by his sickening letter. I guarantee that even with MYM playing alongside him we will continue to struggle to keep clean sheets.

  • naptoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    why has dummett not been loaned back to st mirren he can only play for us or them this season ? looks like hes leap frogged fergie and no mention of tav abeid … end of the line?

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    i hate pardew ,, how can he judge players?

    shola 15 games 519 minuts 3 assists 1 goal 3 yellow

    jonas 19 games 1596 minuts, 0 goals 0 assists 4 yellow

    sammy 8 games 221 minuts 0 goals 1 assist (fluky one,) 1

    fergy, 9 games 342 minuts 0 goals 1 assist 0 yellow

    2 kids 2 senior player,, how do you sepperate them?

    out of all of them, i think fergy has the most tallent that will get you something out of the game,,

    it pardews faith in poor players that has us where we are

    the kids are just learing the game still, but pardew dosnt know if sammy is a right winger or left

    fergy,, left back or right winger

    even jonas this season, has played left of a front 3, LW LB RB DMC AMC 6 positions in 19 games, and in some he has been in 3 position lmoa

    loving the new players,, can’t wait for him to f it up,, which he will :))))))

  • spartacus

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Win tonight and everything will be great!!!
    Good luck nufc from Greece

  • blew

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    We cant get youngsters to step up when asked to.
    Something is not right at the club. Either the scouts are not bringing in the calibre of youth or the coaching staff are not good enough. I have watched all levels at the club and am of the opinion it is both.

  • Sav

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    A bit cynical to call it their big opportunity. The fact that the club failed to back up last season’s great finish by proper investment meant that the squad was padded out with players who weren’t ready or weren’t good enough (eg. Xisco). Instead of investing in recruits to allow these juniors time to be loaned out for experience at Championship level, instead they were tossed into an under-performing side. Sometimes in 2s and 3s. And quite possibly some of them just aren’t really good enough anyway. What experience they’ve had this year has likely been negative and set them back.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Well theres a player I watched on tv over the weekend who as far as I can tell has never had a mention at Newcastle United. Conor Newton is on loan to St Mirren and played celtics midfield off the park in the semi final of the scottish cup, I mean that Wanyama never got a kick and man utd are interested in him, hes never been given a look in at newcastle but in hos first full senior 90 minutes he set St Mirrens first goal up and won tackles played shot and long passes was box to box, do they just not have the coaches to get the best out of these lads at newcastle


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