Playing young Newcastle players is the way forward.
I have been a reader of The Mag online and via twitter for quite some time but have never felt the urge to contribute before. Although this will be my first attempt, hopefully it’s not my last.
Onto my point – Why not let the kids play?
I’ve watched almost every one of our games this season and have to say, I’ve been greatly impressed with a lot of the young talent we have at the club. I firmly believe that they are the answer to a lot of our problems.
When I sat down to review a lot of our games this season, besides Sissoko, I can’t remember another senior player who has regularly performed well. However, players like Ayoze, Abeid, Dummett, Aarons and Colback have been extremely impressive when given their chance. I know some will argue that Colback is classed as a senior player having been around for a while but the lad is still young at only 25.
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We currently have more than 15 players under the age of 25, including Santon, Riviere, Good, Bigirimana, Vuckic and Haidara at the club but rarely see them given a chance.
One thing that regularly frustrated me under Pardew was his insistence on relying on senior players who were not producing the goods, while promoting players like Armstrong, Campbell, and Sammy Ameobi in interviews and yet never seeing them on the pitch.
Over the course of this season we have seen many of these youngsters come through and perform in my opinion, extremely well. Whilst many of them are not the complete product as of yet, I think they offer the team a lot more than some of the more senior players they are meant to be learning from.
I would much prefer to see a young, hungry player given their chance than watch the same players underperform week in, week out yet retain their place. Promoting from within would surely inject some energy into the side with players who have genuine enthusiasm to succeed and play well.
Looking at some of the young talent we have on our books and some who are due to finally join in the summer, I think we can be a little bit more optimistic about the future, if they finally get their chance.