The importance of youth at NUFC

The young guns starting to make their mark
Haris Vuckic is aiming to be back in action with the first team in three weeks after a successful operation on the hand he injured during the 2-1 cup win over Fulham.

Vuckic only lasted a few minutes after entering the fray where he suffered a freak hand injury which meant he had to be withdrawn from the field and replaced with Alan Smith.

The Slovenian international went under the knife immediately following the Magpies victory with the club keen to use the international break to shave off some time from his comeback.

Vuckic told the press yesterday; ‘I had an operation and my hand is now good again. If everything goes ok then I hope to be starting training again in three weeks time. I can’t wait to start training and play football. I was really disappointed with what happened. The fans will see me again soon and I just can’t wait to be a part of it again’.

During the short period of time that Haris Vuckic was on the pitch he linked very well with Gabriel Obertan and when he returns to the fold that could be a partnership that blossoms. They both seemed to understand how each other played and it clearly showed that they were on the same wave length together.

Vuckic also commented on how first team football has done him the world of good: ‘The manager has made it clear that the younger players are going to get their chance. That is good for people like myself and Sammy Ameobi’.

The statement has clearly indicated that Pardew is going to give our youngster’s a chance to be involved a lot more in the first team and there are several young players who look to be very exciting prospects. Whether they are involved in cup games or league games it certainly seems as if Pardew won’t shy away from deploying them in games.

The Slovenian international added; ‘Sammy showed that night what he can do and it’s great that there are a number of young players coming through the system. I have come through the reserve team with them and we now feel that this is a great chance to make an impact’.

Vuckic is right, this seems to be the time when there are a number of youngsters in our ranks gaining more and more playing time with the first team. That is only a good thing and the best way forward is to play them in cup matches and to give them run-outs in league games. I am sure that we will see more and more of Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson during this season.

There are already foundations that they can build on, Obertan and Vuckic’s linking is one that I can see working very well in a game. They just seemed to click straightaway and I’m sure the youngsters well get more and more regular game time to gain valuable experience.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a youngster at Newcastle United!

About Zoë Vicarage

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25 thoughts on “The importance of youth at NUFC

  1. Cracking article zoe; i personally feel that our youth system is spot on and we seem to have some little gems in there. We are constantly having another player come through the ranks and try and hit the first team.

    I think our youth coaches and pards should really take some credit. They have sent good promising players on loan and also have great young ones like vuckic sameobi, abeid, tav, fergie, richardson all waiting in the wings.

    Whats scary is that most of the first team are relatively young too which suggests we could have exciting years ahead 🙂


  2. It’s so wonderful to not be able to predict the starting line-up before the game. Even last year all of us were sure which 11 were going to start, almost every game. (Except for loverkrands. No one apart from the manager ever expects him to start)
    Would love to see Vuckic, Abeid, Tav, Ferguson, Sammy get some playing time this season. Vuckic especially. He has some talent.


  3. Thanks Liam: yeah I think sending some of them out on loan is a great tactic. They gain experience and that experience can help them work their way into the first team.

    I agree it seems we have a lot of youngsters who are knocking at the door of the first team.


  4. We have some exiting young players, indeed. But what still baffles me, is that we didn’t sign up young CB Situ. I’ve made this point before, but I am still not over the fact, that we let him go to Swansea, who signed him for a reported 250k. With Williamson out injured and Kadar seemingly out of favour, we have absolutely no cover should Collo or Saylor get injured. Situ has captained every French Youth International side up until the U21 and came with glowing references. Why was he not signed? Does anyone know anything about that matter? We have a crop of very talented youngsters coming through, but none of them are CBs – this is critical, to say the least …


  5. Funkness – we did have a trialist at the game on the weekend so we may have another french young defender 🙂

    if im honest dont fancy a young inexperienced frenchman and the heart of our defence; boumsong anyone?!


  6. someone on .com said the trialist was a 15year old Portuguese, and managed to score a goal… Another one for the future maybe?


  7. Think that Sammy has to be given regular bench and game time over Lovenkrands who’s starting to look like his game is going downhill rapidly.
    Tavernier , Vuckic and Ferguson also need to have more involvement.
    If you don’t play these really talented kids how are you ever going to find out just what they can do?


  8. Liam, I agree with you to some extend – it isn’t ideal to be forced to play an inexperienced 19 years old French CB, but surely you will agree with me, that it would be a whole lot better than having nobody at all. You seem very exited about all our other youngsters, so why would you not be supportive of a very talented young lad at CB? Is it because that position requires more than lets say Left Wing or Striker from your point of view? We’re talking about him for cover, not for the starting 11, and he like any other of the youngsters, could gain valuable experience from playing alongside Collo or Saylor. Saylor was also 19 years old at one point, and him we were very exited about right from the very beginning. Is the difference that he was a local lad and not French? – that was more than one question, but I am interrested in hearing what you think about my arguments …


  9. I think situ’s club wanted a sell on clause attached to the transfer and its something MA dosent do, more over Neil Taylor looked a super little LB for wales the other nite and MA wudnt bid above 1mill to get him that really bothers me the lad is gona be a future star.


  10. In fairness funkness i agree with you the experience is vital but for me i would still have someone like perch in the defence as in the premier league CB’s are not only vital but they can win or lose the game. Mind you perch would probably lose the game for us anyway but he is older and could probably take the flak better than a young french lad?

    However i see your point about saylor; the difference for me is that the club rated him extremely highly; this trialist didnt even get signed so he obvi was not all cracked up to be. I think kadar is being overlooked unfairly but of course we dont know what is going on behind the scenes.

    These other youngsters are good young players who are extremely keen to get in the first team and their desire is evident. Some of them are internationals!


  11. Good read this article. The club are really focusing on youth development n hopefully we can get a few players from it. if we got 2-5 players from that into the sqaud long term , we will be doing very very well. I do think the likes of Krul ferguson Vuckic Sammy ( from what i have seen ) have the potential to do this. But we have seen before potenital is not always fulfilled.


  12. Thanks, Tom. That of course changes the picture a little bit. In regards to Neil Taylor, I absolutely agree with you. I also watched the game, and I really thought that boy had something. To think that we potentially could have signed him and Situ for a total outlay of £2-3m but didn’t do it, really gets to me. The defence would, if not be sorted, then at least be covered by young talented players – and isn’t that what they constantly preach is the aim of our club?


  13. I actualy dont think our Youth system is all that great given the potential that is there. I see the Kids coming into Academy when they are 15 16+ and that is in my opinion far far too late if you want to develop cracking players. I believe you have to capture them much earlier lets say with the age of 6-7 and then apply a logic similar to Ajax. Basicly you not going to teach a 15-16 year old to use both feet or how to controll a Ball that comes for 6-7 year old much easier. I just feel the small clubs around here in the NE who probably have many gems are capealbe of educating them probably because of some guy that runs the Team who does know nothing about football.
    On the other hand the Kids that were brought in Albeit, Moyo Vukcic etc. are a good standart and should help us in the near future.


  14. …on the youth front, I wouldn’t get too excited. Nile Ranger was the best thing since sliced bread 2 years ago. But yeah, admittedly it does ‘appear’ promising.


  15. Due to the pathetic efforts of those in charge we’ve been left having to rely on the youth, whether good enough or ready. Sink or swim I guess – for us and them, especially during the Dec, Jan and Feb months when everyone is injured or suspended.


  16. Exactly Bats, as Stuart says, it’ll be sink or swim for them next year. Our beloved board obviously have barrels of faith in them, and extremely tight pockets.


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