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Newcastle To Unload Top Youngsters This Summer

When Newcastle brought in the five Frenchmen in late January to bolster the squad fr the run-in to the season, Alan Pardew decided to send some of his top Newcastle youngsters out on loan, to get some first team experience.

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Mehdi Abeid – doing well at St. Johnstone

Paul Dummett, Conor Newton, Brad Inman, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and Mehdi Abeid all went out on loan, and Brad (26 appearances – eight goals), Sammy ( 9 appearances one goal) and Shane (11 appearances one goal) are now back at Newcastle after spells at Crewe Alexandra, Middlesbrough and Birmingham respectively..

Mehdi Abeid has been able to get games at St. Johnstone, and he’s  played 11 times for the Scottish Premier League side, and this is his second season at Newcastle.

And the French Algerian seems to have done well in Scotland, and recently won the We Are Perth Online Forum Young Player of the Year award at a dinner last Saturday night.

Mehdi turns 21 in August and the other youngsters are already 21 – so it’s not like they are youngsters any more – and Newcastle will need to decide whether these lads can become first team players at Newcastle.

For a lot of them the answer is no.

Once their contracts run out they could be allowed to leave Newcastle, because if they haven’t made a sufficient enough impression at 21 – they probably never will – and it’s time for them to move on this summer.

Paul Dummett and Conor Newton could both sign on at St. Mirren permanently, although they have been offered contracts at Newcastle, and it could be that only Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson have a decent chance of becoming first team regulars down the road – maybe.

But football can be ruthless, and it wouldn’t surprise us if some of those youngsters are allowed to leave this summer – and the future of James Tavernier also doesn’t look too bright – after he signed a three year deal last summer.

It’s time for a clear-out of players at Newcastle in the summer – whatever happens – and that will include some of our 21 year-old youngsters.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    May 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Passage of time heals painful memories. Colocinni was fully fit and present during the shocking run of form that saw us lose at home to swansea, reading ,fulham and westham and concede 7 (i repeat 7 ) goals against Arsenal.

    To judge his importance to the club on the basis of one solitary game against Westham is simply fickle and a little stupid i might add. He is not a poor player but he is not the difference between a solid defence and rubbish one (as the results I have listed above illustrate).

    If you ask me he should be free to leave in the summer. Carr needs to weave his magic and find us a young dominant centre back who can truly make a difference

  • toonbrother

    May 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Out of all the names listed the only player who stands a chance is Sammy Ameobi. With Haidara and Santon at Left back, Gouffy and Marvs on the Left wing i see no future for Ferguson decent player though he is. Abeid is a massive disappointment

  • Carryingcoals

    May 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3



    Whilst I undoubtedly enjoy your posts and moreover do not disregard your transfer rumours but I do remain skeptic nonetheless.
    I won’t ask you what your sources are or namely who it may be (in regards to NUFC) although could could you let us know what area they come from? PR, inside club, your own position etc.
    I certainly don’t have you down for a wind up merchant because I more often than not drawn in to enjoyable NUFC discussions with you over many others. I don’t wish to cause offense, rather I’m curious what the provenance is as I’ve never known – again not looking for distinct details.
    re: Man U comments/Ronaldo it certainly makes sense, though whether Ron would want to leave Madrid to come back to a Fergie-less United remains unclear.

  • Markaccus

    May 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning all. I have been away from here for a while due to being totally bored stiff with the same debate on every article. However there are now new points to discuss with people rather than just repeating the same pro v anti pardew arguments over and over. So…. in sumary from my side…… 1) is pardew totally to blame? I dont think so. 2) is he part of a problem? Definitely. 3) can he sort it out? Last season suggests yes, this season suggests no. 4) is he the man to eventually take us to the next level? Absolutely not. Wrong type of manager whether you are for or against him. 5) if and when we upgrade…WHO? I am personally not keen on benitez, but cant think of many proven managers. We cant have an unknown or untried at some sort of high level. We would be better off keeping pardew another year in that case. If the worst happens and we go down then an untested would be ok as long as they are ambitious.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5


    I will be surprised if Saffy made the cut on playing abilities

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6


    I think that pardew is 100% to blame for the relegation battle.

    I think the board are to blame for not strengthening enough to get us top 6 again, or at least challenge.

    But pardew has taken a team that should be 10th at worst and got them stuck deeply in a relegation battle

  • Sav

    May 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Notwithstanding this article being about youngsters, we need some experienced calm heads and without question, Colo is the best we have. If he goes, he will need to be replaced by more than one of Carr’s ‘prospects’. Staylor is about 27 and still as nervous as a maid when the ball comes near him or he approaches the half-way line.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8


    anything non nufc related is just chat with friends, radio, internet rumour etc

    stuff to do with nufc is a friend who works business/admin side. Has no contact with playing staff other than maybe a hello in the hall ways but that’s it. They just piece together things they see/hear phone calls into the club, expense claims from staff (so know where they scouting), agents/people visiting the offices etc with rumour to try and figure out which are true or have a chance to be true

  • Markaccus

    May 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I respect your opinion t sage. He has deffo made errors. However looking at the sunderland and liverpool games id say the players should shoulder plenty of the blame themselves. 11 gutless individuals who didnt play as a team in either match…. On to my next points though. Who would you have in if we stay up, and who if we go down?

  • Rake

    May 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    One of Pardew’s biggest mistakes was attacking man united and arsenal over the Christmas period… the only two teams we have attacked all year. (Im not ignoring the other mistakes) I just feel this period really knocked us back and we’ve never really recovered since.

  • Sav

    May 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Abeid missed a big chunk through injury and should, imho be given another season. I think Dummy could also make it. You also have to ask why, at 21, these lads are only going out on loan in the last 6 months? Pardew seems keener on getting them out there than any other manager I’ve known at Newcastle and that can only be a good thing. Campbell should have been out there, too except we’re so short of strikers that we’re having to stifle his development while he sits on the bench, just in case.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12


    Sammy struggled at Middlesbrough and didn’t make the cut on a few occasions. From what I’ve been told by a boro fan, the fans would hate him back next year as he isn’t good enough.

    If I was Dummet or Newton I’d turn down the contracts. All these youngsters have been stunted by the club and, as Tav has proved will continue to be unless they go elsewhere. It wouldn’t upset me if they all left, as by 21, they should be already making an impact on the first team if they are to make it here. Bear in mind Haidara is only 19, by no means a wonderkid, and already puts our lot to shame.

    The question is, have the club learned their lesson for the next crop of youngsters coming through?

  • Markaccus

    May 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Rake… agree there. He seems to have attacked when he should have defended, and visa versa! Certainly since xmas.

  • John Tudor

    May 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    cant believe it

  • Carryingcoals

    May 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15


    Cool, I had been quite curious. Good stuff.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16


    I have no problems with Ashley’s approach just his inability to do it right.

    He wants to develop players yet we have a poor coaching set up and didn’t ensure we got top grade academy status

    He didn’t sign any of the players the manager said we needed to take us forward

    He sells players without having a replacement lined up and end up going months with gaps in the squad.

    He does things the right way but I don’t think he executes the plans very well. He is learning as he goes and having llambias instead of a football man doesn’t help things.

  • NUFCarter

    May 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    surely dummett and newton wont join st mirren they look as though they’ll be in the first divison next season (will be a league above rangers). If they’re to leave they should join a team like bolton whom are interested in em.

  • jettson1971

    May 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18


    You are joking rite???
    Sammy? make a proper footballer???
    Have you been on the happy juice ??? He will not even make Div 1 level, he has no desire, commitment, or fight, complete waste of space and a waste of a squad number, have you actually seen him play?? If he hasnt done anything of note at a Championship side who finished 16th what is he going to do in the premiership?
    Pleases get real and see what Sammy is – a player for the lower leagues only.

    As for the rest, if they showing nothing by age of 21 then move on, and bring in better, we want the Wilshires here not the likes of another Ameobi!

    As for AP – no tactics no nous no idea, his level is low premier top championship and no more, he a dinosaur in the managerial world, imo holds no respect from the top players we have.

  • one Tony Green

    May 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed I work Brad Inmans dad and he has been offered a contract.

    Toonbrother Sammi makes Shola look world class he is useless.

    Think we need to look at the academy staff. Constantly trying to loan them to Gateshead is a joke how can that possibly bring them on.

  • wynsleap

    May 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed – you say “Newcastle need to decide whether these lads can become first team players at Newcastle. For a lot of them the answer is no”.
    I would disagree – for ALL of them the answer is no.
    If they are good enough they are old enough – take for example Gazza and Rooney.
    None of our young boys are anywhere near being a first team regular and that is very worrying considering the importance Ashley is placing in our youth policy.
    Is it the recruitment or is it poor coaching that isn’t bringing the kids through?
    What is worrying is that we don’t seem to have any decent strikers in our youth set-up coming through.
    Central defenders, full backs and midfield players seem to be in abundance but where is that next No. 9 coming through?
    In my opinion our owner needs to instigate a complete overhaul throughout the club of manager and coaching staff for next season.
    Mediocrity has reigned for far too long at St. James Park.

  • LeToonARMY

    May 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    None of them would make the first team IMO only shane the rest can piss off we need to seel more players then buy new ones if your 21 and still not good enough then u never will be unless u join a lower league i think next on loan should be:

  • naptoon

    May 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Sammy nd tav can go I’d try to keep the rest you mention try loaning them out again slightly higher level they are still improving nd we can’t afford to lose too many body’s our squad is so thin

  • Brutooon

    May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Sammy look the old shadow of Shola – got potential but lazy and shit all the time

    Shane Ferguson is good as SUPERSUB but crap when started from the beginning

  • Ericles

    May 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Before we unload anybody let us start with Alan Pardew. How on earth can we let Shane Ferguson go and keep the likes of Simpson, Williamson, and Gosling?

  • dazza

    May 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Inman (@Crewe) has scored 8 goals in 26 games from midfield this season.

    Nick Powell had 14 in 55 in his last season at Crewe.

    If anyone, he looks the most promising to me.

  • sphinxhunter

    May 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    I like your thinking Lilongwe Geordie, esp that at 21, these lads should have been able to step up when the squad was decimated by injury. Should we have strengthened the squad in the off season – yes, and to some slight extent we did. Was it a fair call that the youngsters should have been able to come through if injuries occurred – yes, but they let us and themselves down dismally. The solution, a more aggressive junior program on the one hand (they need steel, not TLC), and a more active recruitment program on the other – so that the junior have to force their way into contention against potential imports – no free lunches for the locals and no excuses for not finding the quality needed whether home grown, or imported (French, Dutch or otherwise).
    Agree with you, too, jettson1971 re AP – good description of him – a dinosaur of a manager that does not enjoy/earn/demand respect of the very top players – a middling manager will only ever be able to produce a middling team, irrespective of who he has to work with. AP has had more than his fair chance …and at 5th last year, has reached his level of achievement, there just ain’t no more to be had.
    wynsleap, you ask some good questions. Not sure I agree with your answers, but definitely looking in the right places.


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