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.

  • lockietoon

    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.” 
    What was that lads name again, tall lad, played up front for a bit, looked like an Avatar…. think we got a bit of money for him???

  • 1Flyingmag

    What Silverware did Southampton win in the last 3 years? Southampton are a model? They are selling anyone that comes through and trying to replace them with anyone from anywhere, Pelle £8m (Italian) for Lambert, Mane(Senegal) for Lallana, Schneiderlin (France) has gone and they look like replacing him with Jordy Clasie (Holland), They already had £15m Osvaldo (Italian). All of the Southampton players that were coming through were doing so under Adkins.

  • brent_dog


    To be fair Harrison Reed and James Ward-Prowse look like they could be decent players as well.

    And Southampton not winning anything doesn’t lessen the point about properly blooding young British talent. Could Arma really have done any worse than the hapless Riviere if given a run of games? For me, one of the most frustrating things about the club visibly taking it’s foot off the gas when we’ve reached a supposedly safe points level is the steadfast refusal to use any of the remaining matches to give our youth products a chance.

  • Blackandwhiteblood

    As a fan who spends his spare time watching the U18’s and U21’s, I’ve been raving about Arma for over two seasons, so I agree up to that point. However, before anybody jumps to follow Southampton’s model, I suggest they need to take stock. They did well last season, having sold their best players and have done a similar thing this, but how successful they’ll be this season remains to be seen. Have heard their fans are concerned that the production line of young quality talent has been over exploited and basically dried up. You can only get away with selling your stars and managing to replace them for so long – as we well know from bitter experience. If they’re still up there after another two or three seasons I’ll be impressed – and surprised.

  • RaySte

    brent_dog 1Flyingmag That Cedric bloke they’ve got in to replace Clyne looks class as well, as does their young left back who’s been playing in lieu of Bertrand while he’s injured.

  • Duke Fame

    This could have been written about the Newcastle United model a couple of season ago. Team got promoted and getting by in the premier league, the manager that got them promoted getting sacked on the basis that he’d not take the club any further, next manager is a left field choice and gets the team up with the big boys. 

    Southampton had to sell last season as Markus Liebherr’s family weren’t quite so keen to support the club financially, they also had a heap of offers that couldn’t be refused. 

    I personally agree with the model, bring through talent, move them on at their peak value but make sure the conveyor keeps moving with good talent. By keeping the squad fairly thin, everyone gets a game and a chance to develop with home-grown players seeing a route into the first team. The problem is when there is a problem, when a Dani Osvaldo comes along and is a flop or even the next star midfielder (De jong) is injured for a season, it can upset the applecart.

  • 1957

    Young players hoping to get into the first team need to have three things apart from talent to progress
    Firstly a good quality of coaching at the levels below the first team, do we have that, for me the evidence would suggest no, youngsters who get the odd game seem woefully unprepared.
    The teams below the first team play the same system as the first team. Again having seen the U21’s a couple times last year that doesn’t seem to have been the case. Beardsley’s team seemed to try to play on the ground something that was alien to last seasons coaches at the club.
    Finally a head coach/manager who is prepared to give them a chance. Pardew talked up youngsters but never trusted them hopefully McClaren will.

  • Kazie23

    I think we should be having alot more english players in our side and I suggest we loan out Armstrong to a good League 1 or championship team that will offer plenty of game time and a club where he can enhance his career….The same goes wih Woodman….A good league 1 club for him to improve his career and help him become a very top goalkeeper
    As for Aarons-his seasons with us and will come good just hope he stays fit at all times

  • fireflyuk

    lockietoon Ashley got a lot of money for him, WE didn’t see any of it on the pitch.