How Alan Pardew May Accidentally Save Newcastle United
Alan Pardew is unpredictable in his pre and post-match interviews but when it comes to putting his team on the pitch, the Newcastle manager is all too predictable.
Sticking to the same players and formations, the United boss seems dazzled in the headlights as he fails to react proactively to an ever growing list of poor performances and results.
Nowhere is this more so than with young players.
Rolando Aarons was excellent in pre-season and yet it was simply desperation that made Alan Pardew throw him on against Crystal Palace, though he was happy to try and claim all sorts of credit for the young winger’s input afterwards.
The same with Sammy Ameobi putting that excellent cross in at Swansea, Pardew then says they have been trying to get the message over to the winger for ages, but what chance has he got when he never gets a game?
Last season Massadio Haidara was the only player under the age of 22 to get a Premier League start and that was only three times.
United were safe from January onwards and then the sale of Cabaye and no signings meant the ambitions were clearly curtailed.
So what better time than then to give the likes of Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons, Remie Streete and Sammy Ameobi a bit of a run in the team in a low pressure environment?
I know Palace changed their whole team but there were still encouraging displays by the likes of Armstrong, Ameobi, Abeid, Perez and Haidara in that excellent 3-2 win.
I can’t see Alan Pardew willingly giving youth its chance and he will rigidly stick to the ‘experienced’ players who he picks every week. Just how bad has Gouffran been and for how long, yet at Swansea he still clung on to his place.
I never wish injuries on players but I have a feeling that this is what it will take for Alan Pardew to accidentally save Newcastle United and his job.
Getting players like Adam Armstrong and Rolando Aarons on the pitch is surely a no-brainer to add pace and vitality to Newcastle’s ponderous team.
I know Remie Streete has gone out on a month’s loan but surely it is worth giving him some kind of first team action or else how are we ever going to know if he is good enough – he surely can’t do any worse than what Coloccini and Williamson are showing at the minute.
In only three weeks time Streete turns twenty and yet has never played a minute of first team football – there must be something wrong with that you’ll agree?
At least part of the answer to Newcastle United’s problems may already be here but will these young players ever get a chance under Alan Pardew?
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