Pardew ‘The Kids Are Not Alright’
Younger players, who he stated in the summer he was hoping would really come on, haven’t.
The manager has now, for the first real time, made clear in public that they have fallen well short.
“One or two of the younger players need to improve.
They haven’t produced what I wanted, so they are going to have to work harder or will have to leave”.
Seasons like this one where you pick up injuries on top of working with a small first team squad, can be the making or breaking of young players hoping to make a breakthrough.
All players can ask for is the opportunity and certainly in Europe and the domestic cups the younger players have had plenty of opportunity as well as a decent number of minutes on the pitch in league matches.
Gael Bigirimana stands out a mile as a success story, with the rest failing to larger or lesser degrees, while of course a lot of people forget how young our (arguably) player of the season so far is, Davide Santon only turning 22 last week.
Shane Ferguson was named by Alan Pardew as one to progress this season and yet couldn’t even get on the pitch for the Brighton fiasco, while others such as Tavernier, Vuckic, Ranger and Abeid have been at best mediocre and Sammy Ameobi all over the place despite showing some ability at taking his man on.
I’d never write anybody off but this group of young players have a million miles to go before they show they are anywhere near good enough for the Premier League.
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