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Relying On Next Generation? Think Again

10 years ago

Newcastle United reserves take part in the Northumberland Senior Cup each year, a decent exercise in a bit of glamour for the non-league sides and a chance to pit our younger players up against hardened Northern League players who tended to not quite make it as full-time professionals.

Last night Newcastle travelled to Bedlington Terriers in the quarter finals and put out the following team.

Alnwick , Logan (Riley), Streete, Satka, Ferguson, Miele, Abeid, Maddison (Hooper), Ranger, Campbell, Amalfitano

The home side ran out 3-2 winners with the one positive a cracking free-kick from Ferguson to open the scoring, Hooper getting our second.

Ironically, the Bedlington team is heavily populated by kids who didn’t make it at Newcastle, Bedlington lining up with the following;

Norton, Baxter, Pell, Carr, Wilkinson, Cave, Morton (Gate), Convery, Doninger, Bowey, Bannister (Brayson) 

So basically our next generation of players were beaten and outplayed by the previous generation(s) who didn’t make it.

It isn’t a case of writing our younger players off and I still have high hopes for teenager Campbell when he gets his chance but it takes some leap of faith to see many (if any) of these players making the jump from being ineffective against the Terriers to being an asset in the Premier League any time in the future.

Of more immediate interest/concern is that there could well be up to half a dozen of these players getting on the bus for Carrow Road this weekend.

I’m all for supporting every player when they appear in black & white but in the cold light of day, putting blind faith in young players who have proved next to nothing will only take us one place.

One thing is for sure, they are not an alternative to the essential first team players that need to be signed this month.


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