Sky Sports have ran a feature on Newcastle United, claiming that the Academy side of things could now be on the up after years of disappointment.

The broadcaster reporting that ‘Having been criticised in recent years, there looks to be hope yet for Newcastle’s academy.’

I hate to pour cold water on any signs of positivity at Newcastle United but you do have to keep things in perspective.

The whole basis of the Sky Sports story is due to Newcastle’s reserve side beating a League One club’s reserve team…

I was there on Monday night and the NUFC second string did play really well and won 5-0 BUT you do have to take into account the quality of the opposition.

The game made headline news because it happened to be Sunderland but to be honest they were terrible, they looked very much like a League One club’s reserve side.

If it had been a 5-0 win over Fleetwood or Rochdale’s reserves nobody would have said anything.

I love it when Newcastle beat Sunderland at anything but this has to be taken as just a one-off result.

To put it into perspective, the previous week the NUFC reserves (Under 23s) had drawn 1-1 with West Brom.

Ironically, Sky Sports are suggesting an upturn for Newcastle United’s Academy at the same time as the NUFC Academy (Under 18s) side have opened the season with a 6-0 hammering by Man City, followed by a 3-0 loss at home to West Brom at the weekend.

On Monday night at St James Park I was confident before the game that Newcastle were going to win easily.

I had never heard of any of the Sunderland team but as for Newcastle, they had a very experienced team out for this fixture.

England Under 21 keeper Freddie Woodman was playing for Aberdeen on loan in the Scottish Premier League last season.

Whilst midfielder Sean Longstaff was out on loan at League One Blackpool last season and scored 10 goals from midfield!

Dan Barlaser has played for the Newcastle first team, as has Jamie Sterry, who has been out on loan at League One Coventry back in 2016/17.

As for Callum Roberts, he is another who has played in the Scottish Premier League, when out at Kilmarnock on loan.

Love the fact that our younger players played well and scored five goals, especially in a derby match.

Also, lets all continue to hope that one or two of these younger players could one day make it as first team regular at NUFC.

However, lets not pretend that until there is proper investment in the Newcastle United Academy, the club will continue to trail behind rival PL clubs when it comes to producing young talent.

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  • Damon Horner

    I don’t want to put the lads down but it’s quite odd. I’ve never seen a Sky Sports article about a team’s youth academy on the back of one result.

    • Steve Smith

      Absolutely nothing to do with the slating Ashley has been getting for his lack of investment in it I’m sure…

    • porciestreet

      Spin from our friendly Gestapo.

  • Steve Smith

    To be fair the team beaten is probably at a similar level to the current first team.

  • Kenny

    King Rat has his lad Bishop grafting overtime, keep up the pressure & throwing the schitt at him and some will stick.

    • Ron

      Exactly – spot on.

  • Superdooperhooper

    The chronicle are getting far more carried away ! Halls dream of 11 geordies? Cos all of the side that beat the mackems will make the grade . Dream on

    • Carverlier football

      It’ll be a lot easier to put 11 geordies in the team by the time we get to the conference…

  • porciestreet

    This is no more than spin and more bull 5h! T from Cashleys minions to project him in a better light and project those against him in a bad light. Nothing more, Nothing less.

  • Leicester Mag

    Nothing wrong in seeking positives. Certainly Sterry may be a better bet than Mankini at full back

    • Ron

      There’s plenty of positives about the match, but to say after that one match that the Academy is on the up is stretching things beyond belief. When PR is to be used it should be seamless and believable and not like this load of Ashley licking.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    That we won at all will sicken this web site full stop it must have hurt badly.

    • TheFatController

      I love your ‘5 year old speak’

      Like a haribo ad.

  • porciestreet

    Sky sports are suggesting….because they are in the employ of Mike Ashley.
    It is so obvious that all off a sudden , their pundits, reporters and rats like Wise, Keys, Amiobe, Gray and their like , although from various companys are all crawling from their holes and spouting the same b*****!t
    Is there no depth to which the FCB will sink……..?

    • Ron

      Not without the lead wellies!

  • Lewis SG

    On the up?

    Try beating Southampton, West Ham, Man Utd, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea academy first.

  • Down Under Mag

    Clearly Bishop trying to make out the failings of academy development are just figments of Rafa’s and the fans imaginations…a collective dellusion.