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Is Newcastle United Academy the future of the club?

6 years ago

In an ideal world, the Newcastle United Academy, like at any other club, is supposed to be the future of the team.

In the Premier League, with the influx of senior foreign based players it is almost impossible for an academy player to make it to the first team of his club, unless he is extremely talented.

In the case of Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic, making it to the first team has been almost impossible at Newcastle.

Fine the trio of Vuckic (4), Ferguson (7) and Bigirimana (3) have 14 Premier League starts between them in their Newcastle careers.

A statistic that only goes to show what little chance they’ve had to prove themselves.

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Neither Kevin Mbabu or Remie Streete have been given any first team football so far for United.

So these five lads, who were have all been reported to show promise in the past, have still not shown that they are good enough for the big stage.

However, they have been provided with a golden chance to prove themselves at Rangers, by playing well enough to get Rangers promoted to the SPL.

How much influence the Newcastle loan players can have is open to doubt, as four of them are currently injured, with only a brief show from Streete before injury struck on his debut and Vuckic the only one to make any impact so far when he scored on his first start.

Time is running out as four of them see their contracts end within the next 16 months, Street this June and Vuckic, Ferguson and Mbabu in June 2016. Bigirimana then a year later.

It appears it is only a matter of time before they slip into oblivion(league one/two)) as time is against them to prove their worth.

If you ask me, only Haris Vuckic now looks to still have a slim chance of making it with the Magpies.


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