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What Alan Pardew Says And Does With Young Players Are Two Different Things

10 years ago

We have a paradox at Newcastle United, Alan Pardew has an almost complete aversion to giving younger players a chance in the first team, but he then chooses to talk up the young talent at other times.

Newcastle United didn’t have one player under the age of 21 start a Premier League match last season, Haidara having already turned 21 before he made his paltry 3 starts.

It gets worse, only three players who are now under 23 began a Premier League match for Newcastle last season.

A grand total of 18 matches, with Dummett (11), Sammy (4) and Haidara (3). If Davide Santon hadn’t picked up injuries then the total would likely have not been much more than half a dozen.

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Then talk about extremes, the Newcastle manager has then come out and claimed that we have a new Fabricio Coloccini emerging from the ranks, in the shape of 18 year old Slovakian Lubomir Satka Slovakian Under 21, who hasn’t played a single minute of first team football;

“Lubo is for me, a player beyond his years, he is very calm.

“If you were going to look at a young Coloccini you have got to say that is Lubo.

“He is so level-headed and technically good. He has got a great chance for us and we have really got our fingers crossed for him.

“This is only a first step on the career ladder for these boys – they must continue to show the same commitment, desire and will to learn as they have done to this point.”

If players are ever going to progress from Newcastle’s academy then at some point the manager has to be brave enough to give them their chance on the pitch, rather than empty words.

At the end of last season we had the baffling situation where Newcastle were playing for pride only and yet Pardew chose to give the soon to be out of contract Dan Gosling matches, rather than up and coming striker Adam Armstrong, or any of the other so far inexperienced younger players.


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