English Cabaye To Come Through Newcastle United Academy?
What Chance Kids Breaking Through To NUFC’s First Team via Newcastle United academy?
So far under Alan Pardew we’ve seen James Tavernier (22), Adam Campbell (18), Shane Ferguson (22), Haris Vuckic (21), Paul Dummett (22), Gael Bigirimana (20) and to an extent Dan Gosling (23) in the first team , even if almost exclusively in the Europa League, Capital One Cup, FA Cup games.
To my knowledge most are on loan to lower division clubs but once the loan is up, what next for these ‘up and coming stars of the future?’ I’m pessimistic that in two / three years time we are going to see a team consisting of a back four of Tav, Williamson, MYM, Dummett – so what is the option? Put them back out on loan?
Take James Tavernier for example, in the past with NUFC he has been on loan at six different clubs in three years. I ask, how is that progress? From the player’s point of view he is getting first team football but what next? A career on loans around the UK until he retires with a handful of appearances for his parent club under his belt? In Tavernier’s personal position he has Debuchy (28), MYM (24), Santon (22), not to mention Anita who can play RB as well, to compete with as first team contenders which I don’t see him breaking through into the starting 11.
On his loan to Rotherham his debut started with a MOM performance and a goal in an emphatic 4-1 performance, I saw a comment from a Rotherham fan saying, “great result Millers, have to say Tavernier was a class above today ,why are Newcastle not playing him now!”
Well because we have better at the minute. So what is the route into Newcastle United’s first team picture? Mr Ashley has recently stated there is a multi-million pound plan for upgrading the training centre and bring the best kids through the books?
Not since Andy Carroll from my recollection has anyone came through the youth centre into the first team, is the money being pumped into this training centre really a good idea? Is this the end of first team player purchases? Is there really a English Cabaye out there waiting to be taken on and trained through a Newcastle United youth centre?
I hope so, I just don’t see it happening!]
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