The next generation.

Michael Richardson - The next bright spark at NUFC?
With many rumours flying around about who we’re going to buy this summer, there is a tendency to forget about who we could bring through ourselves to take Newcastle to the next level.

Under Mike Ashley it seems like the way forward for Newcastle is going to involve dealing with and buying younger players, but who are the bright stars that we already have at the club? Hopefully this article should give others an insight into the lads who could turn out to be the next generation.

We currently have an array of talent between the sticks and our goalkeeping situation is looking good at the moment. But we do have a bit of a headache to be fair. Thankfully, for a change, it is not an injury headache, and instead the headache is the decision as to which ‘keeper is to be our future No1 and which keeper’s time is up? I’ll let you lot decide that one as I’m not sure at all.

With Fraser Forster looking good at Celtic and Tim Krul performing steadily when called upon, it has left Alan Pardew with a big decision. That decision could be made more difficult with the rumoured arrival of another goalkeeper in the summer with the prime candidate being Kieran Westwood currently at Coventry.

Defensively we are also looking in good shape with our current defence including Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique who are all younger than 26 years old. With prospects such as James Tavernier and Jeff Henderson coming through the ranks the future could be bright.

Tavernier received some rave reviews before being called back from Gateshead due to the injury crisis that Newcastle are currently suffering. That league seems to me like it is a couple of levels too low for Tavernier and I think that next year he would benefit from a short term loan in The Championship to see if he can really make the grade.

Keeping with the trend of the current crop of players, it seems like we have a good calibre of player in the middle of the park. When the likes of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton move on we’re going to have to have a new breed of players to hopefully accompany Cheik Tiote in the middle of midfield.

Michael Richardson and Ben Sayer are the main candidates. Sayer has made his breakthrough in the Under 18’s this season, and not long after Alan Pardew arrived he scored the winner in the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup with the new manager watching on. Pardew claimed that he saw a lot of himself in him, whatever that means.

But arguably the main talent coming through the club is the Michael Richardson. Richardson has made a couple of appearances on the Newcastle bench but he has yet to get on the pitch for the first team. He is still receiving high praise though and the BBC recently wrote an article about him. The title read ‘Lighting up the Premier League’. As an ex-electrician, the people at BBC obviously couldn’t pass up that cheap pun.

“He has the vision of a Paul Scholes and the engine of a Steven Gerrard. I think he is one of the young lads who could possibly go all the way”

That is the view of Michael Jeffels, Pardew’s counterpart at Walker Central. I’m sure anybody on here wouldn’t complain if he turned out anything like the two players mentioned above.

After the loss of Judas (formerly known as Andy Carroll) we’re looking for a striker who could fill his boots. I’m not sure whether these two prospects are in the same mould as Carroll but they certainly have a lot of talent.

The two lads I’m talking about are Adam Campbell and the more well-known Phil Airey. Adam was voted MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the Nike Premier Cup Tournament last August in Manchester. That award has previously been won by the likes of Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta, which sounds like good company to me!

Phil Airey has won many fans with his record in the reserves having scored eight goals in nine games this season, which is some record. It’s only a matter of time before Phil gets a run in the first team. Probably sooner than he expected with our current injury list.

That looks like a pretty bright future ahead if these lads fulfil their potential.

What do you think?

87 thoughts on “The next generation.

  1. Being dyslexic just found yourself lucky you don’t have to read something resembling the enigma code lol


  2. Right, It’s 3 o’clock. It’s Saturday afternoon. Where’s the football? I thought we were playing today!


  3. 3-1 the toon.

    DJG…..thought you weren’t going to matches anymore? 😉

    I’m an 80’s child, which is when I bought my first cd’s though I don’t think I bought my first dvd’s until the 90’s or was it the 00’s, can’t quit remember who know’s 😉 😆


  4. New thread up 😉

    I seen DJG gobbing off last night or .organ 😯

    I wasn’t even here before people start thinking I’ve been winding things up again 🙄


  5. *oops typo* *quite* off oot for a bit.

    I’ll have to have a look later at DJG on .org 😀


  6. Hitman – Nah, it’s got DJG’s avatar and it’s his signature attempted posh speak so it was defo him 😉


  7. wehey….DJG gans on full radge mode on org 😆 😆 😆 ….we need three points today to calm iverybodys nerves !


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