Ever since Mike Ashley took over, there’s two things he has actually managed to do well. The first is organize the money that goes in and out of the club, the second is heavily investing in our youngsters. Now you could couple those two together and say; “He’s investing in youngsters cause he knows they’ll cash out hefty sums later”. And you’d most probably be right. But is it really such a bad thing? Lets look at the upside of things.
In the club, there are quite a few highly rated youngsters, two or three which I believe could cement a first team place this season and several others that are on the fringes. Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid are, in my eyes, our top youngsters in the team currently. All three of them impressed immensely on the American Tour. I also think they’ll heavily influence the future of Newcastle United. And if those are the kinds of players doing that, then the future looks good.
We also had a few others impressing during the American and Holland tour. Sammy Ameobi, Paul Dummet, Gregg McDermott, Ole Sodeberg, Michael Richardson and a few others which I may have forgotten to mention.
Now, a few of these players will have an impact at the club this season, and many of these will play on in the years to come at the club, and some may even turn into proper Newcastle legends. To me, it was equally exciting to watch the reserve and first team pre-season this year, just because both parts of the club ooze with quality.
We now have a manager that rates the club’s youngsters highly, and often speaks of them, which in turn puts our sights on them and all of a sudden we see the future shining for Newcastle United.
Yes, some of these will at some time move on to other clubs, better or worse than we currently are, but the important thing is that we continue to build our youngsters up, giving them confidence and maybe also teaching them to deal with the pressure that waits when you get your call to step up to the first team.
So, lets give a shout out to the youngsters at the club, support them through thick and thin, and they’ll gain the confidence that will boost their ability, so we’ll see some great football in the future.
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