Newcastle skirted with disaster and only a last game victory was enough to ensure United retained their Premier League status.
In terms of putting down the right strategy long-term, my opinion is that Newcastle have a number of young home grown players who could potentially blossom into senior English nationals.
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It is simply just down to Steve McClaren handing these players enough regular first team opportunities to allow them to reach their true potential.
Players leading the way such as Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons and Freddie Woodman have bundles of potential and I feel as though Steve McClaren needs to give this group of players sufficient time on the pitch this season.
It doesn’t have to be every week but in moderation these players can build up confidence and gain valuable experience, something they simply wouldn’t gain from playing in the reserves.
New FA guidelines mean Premier League clubs will have to increase the number of home grown players in their 25 man squads.
This has contributed to clubs such as Manchester City scrambling to increase the amount of British talent on their books, with the signing of Raheem Sterling for a reported £49 million and the failed attempt to bring Delph from Aston Villa clearly demonstrating that clubs are willing to overpay for English players.
This has given the clubs with a steady production line of home grown players the opportunity to charge high prices for their stars, which QPR are demonstrating with the £10 million price tag placed on Matt Phillips and Daniel Levy trying to get as much as possible out of the transfer of Andros Townsend.
Newcastle should adopt a similar system to Southampton, bringing through the English talent at young ages and introducing them to the senior squad.
The Saints managing to achieve a rise through the leagues and establishing themselves in the Premier League, whilst still keeping the conveyor belt of talent running throughout.
The success at Southampton has benefited from the same philosophy and coaching style being used simultaneously throughout all age groups, which allows the young players to seamlessly fit into the senior group, without needing time to adjust.
Chelsea also are now trying to adopt a similar system with Jose Mourinho recently stating, that Chelsea are changing their model and opting to look to their youth system for players, instead of simply relying on spending high transfer fees for foreign imports.
Their first player on the conveyor belt being 19 year old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who with a good level of minutes could blossom at both club and national level.
it’s time Newcastle tried to give Aarons, Armstrong, Woodman and others regular first team football and cut down on a number of foreign imports that have not been a success, including Remy Cabella, Anita and Riviere to name a few.
This change may lead to a slip in results in the short-term and a lack of silverware but things can’t really get any worse than last season, can they? Our team filled to the brim with European talent (using the term talent loosely) which didn’t pay dividends for us.
Another motivating factor of course is that as Rio Ferdinand (who made his own £30 million transfer to Manchester United) recently stated ‘English players are overpriced’. Which was backed up by the Sterling saga at Liverpool and Luke Shaw’s £30 million transfer from Southampton.
Therefore, if Newcastle could nurture players like Rolando Aarons into first team regulars they could benefit from potential high sell on fees further down the line if the players did move on, which I am sure Mike Ashley would love to see.