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Pardew – Young Players Have Had Their Chance

10 years ago

Clearly disappointed with the performance in France of the younger players he was hoping that would put pressure on the first team, Alan Pardew has admitted that they may have blown it, certainly in terms of pressing for the senior team this season.

“The truth of it is that a lot of our young players who played tonight, I was expecting a little bit more.

We will have a good look at them now because I don’t think the opportunity is going to come around for them again this season unless we really suffer like we did tonight, in terms of who was available – because I didn’t leave anyone behind who was fit.

I think they need to learn a little bit more about this game away from the black & white and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at.

I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight, hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the squad”.

Nobody enhanced their reputations in Bordeaux with the possible exception of Rob Elliot, who was excellent on the night and kept the scoreline down.

At the age of 26, Elliot doesn’t come into the youthful bracket but when he’s had the opportunity this season he’s done well, suggesting that for Alan Pardew and certainly the fans, that he’s reclaimed the keep second spot after losing it to Steve Harper in the summer.

When Alan Pardew is talking about ‘expecting a little bit more’, I would guess Sammy Ameobi will be top of the list. Coming back from injury he was looking decent and was recalled by England Under 21s, in recent matches though he has been shocking and it will be little surprise if he’s sent off on loan to further his education someplace else for the time being.

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