Mike Ashley To Ditch His B Team
The word out of St.James’ Park was that Newcastle United had a B team of rising young players, a shadow team who would benefit from going out on loan and come back all the stronger.
A set of players who could potentially give Newcastle cover in every position and save a fortune in transfer fees.
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Sadly this now looks a ‘slightly’ optimistic outlook, with the Journal reporting yesterday that both Haris Vuckic and James Taevernier have had their names circulated to lower division teams, with Gael Bigirimana also said to have been made available for a summer move.
This surely though is only the tip of the iceberg as United have pretty much a full team of now not so young youngsters who have no future at St.James’ Park.
While the likes of 18 year old Luke Shaw, and 20 year olds Ross Barclay and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, head off to Brazil, it takes a massive leap of faith that the following can suddenly become Premier League players.
By the end of the summer transfer window, all of these players will be 22 or older;
All 22 – Vuckic, Tavernier, Newton, Richardson, Sammy Ameobi , 23 year old Shane Ferguson, 25 year old Romain Amalfitano.
With 20 year old Bigirimana also looking unwanted, I think you unfortunately have to question as well just what chance Adam Campbell has of making it, only 19 but after struggling to get a game on loan for St.Mirren he must be really up against it.
One player that is on an upward curve would appear to be Curtis Good, who’s performed well for Dundee United and received his first call up for Australia this season, injuries have hampered him but he appears to have a great chance of making the World Cup as well.
Another who maybe has a chance is Algerian midfielder Medhi Abeid, a successful loan spell at Panathinaikos has seen him score nine goals and lift the Cup.
Abeid will turn 22 in August and while the Greek league isn’t the strongest, he couldn’t have done much more to show he’s worth another look.
If nothing else, Newcastle will need to make space for the next generation of young players such as Adam Armstrong and others, the last thing we need is to have players who could potentially make it and them having their progression blocked by players who have no future at Newcastle United.
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