The Kids Are Alreet

Time to make the grade?
During the past few weeks, much has been written by people, including myself, regarding possible transfer targets for NUFC this summer.

And yes most of it is utter rubbish and will never end up happening, but do we care?! Not really. It’s something to read in the close season when football is either none existent or a massive let down. COME ON ENG… ahh penalties again eh?! Ah well… COME ON TEAM GB… COME ON JESS ENNIS…

So anyway I thought I would just type a quick article on which players might make the grade stepping up from the reserves/academy this season. Now before I go on I would like to just state here and now that these are players who are on most people’s radar, so don’t expect revelations.

Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson have both impressed over the last year or so, and could both be set for big seasons, and Shane might be utilised more than Sammy if NUFC fail to manage to sign any full backs in the close season. Personally I see his future further forward on the left because of his slight build and his tricky, jinking style. Sammy should also have a big season, if he can stay clear of injury. He has the potential to be really effective in the 4-3-3 formation when and if he is selected.

Mehdi Abeid is another play who many thought would feature more in games last season but didn’t make the step up. I haven’t seen enough of him but a know a few people who have and they think that he has struggled to get to grips with the fast pace of the English game but with time should be able to get his foot on the ball and could have the potential to star this season.



Haris Vučkić is another player who featured in some cup and league fixtures last season but looked out of his depth. He did have a good spell at Cardiff and for me this should be seriously considered again for the first half of the season, with a view to bringing him back in January. His performance in the 3-2 defeat against West Brom was very encouraging, and he was unlucky not to score.

James Tavernier, like Vučkić, was out on loan for much of last season and is another one who could make a breakthrough into the first team if we fail in bids to sign a right back AND Danny Simpson is peddled. He has had rave reviews at Gateshead, MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday over the last few seasons and has played well in a number of cup ties in recent years.

Lastly, three players who I would love to see get minutes on the field this term. Remie Streete, Paul Dummett and Adam Campbell are all products of our academy and should find their way into our first team/reserve structure within the next few years. Streete plays at centre half and their are high hopes for his success in the future. Dummett plays primarily at left back but would probably fill in at right back too. Campbell is a flame haired striker who can’t stop scoring for the academy sides and has a big big future for the national side and the Toon. It would be nice to see all three of these players get a chance this term but it is more likely that they are farmed out on loan to further their experience.

All in all the Europa League should be an adventure from us on the terraces, as much as it will be for the lads in black and white, or maroon on the foreign fields. What I hope it will be is a good opportunity to blood younger players and also give every game a real good go too. What I don’t want is for the Europa League to be a drain on the energy of our first teamers.

You know it makes sense.

About billquaymag

Im 26, im a geordie, i love the toon, i drink beer, im courting a staffnurse, i work as a slave to society....oh and i write on here....follow me on twitter @billquaymag

262 thoughts on “The Kids Are Alreet

  1. Aussie 😆 😆 is that a Freudian slip then?……in my defence he was a bit effeminate, so… 😆

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  2. Check your last post Rich 🙂 anyway what happens in Germany, stays in Germany, 🙂 🙂 mums the word… 🙂

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  3. Richie, Lindau is also a brilliant area…you did well mate… I remember you mentioned the oompah Blaydon Races once before, wish I had been there mate….. 😆 😆 Sounds like the local lassess didn’t want to let you out of Bavaria in a hurry…. 😉

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  4. [email protected]….. 😆 😆 😆 😆 you got me sussed big man…

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  5. Aussie…you had a topp 5 minites on the spellling front their mukka…. 😆 (hope Richietoon doesn’t see it 🙄 )..

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  6. I would really like to see Obertan improve this season, he could be a REAL asset for the toon if he could get himself sorted out. Maybe the climate at the toon is right for him now, a few Frenchies in the team, maybe he will have the chance to blossom this season ?

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  7. Munich, I’d like to see him more in the middle of the park where he can attack the defense more.

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  8. AMF you got a sweat on yet,ime getting very close now 😉 cannot believe you even doubted my know how.
    RICHIE ime trying to save you a little grief here 🙂

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  9. Shitting my pants, Ice 🙂 🙂 a week being nice to Richie scares me more than i’d dare admit 🙂 🙂

    I have to limit my chat to you mate 🙂 🙂 I am leading you astray. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 apparently 🙂

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  10. benfica make late bid for jong 🙁

    AMF you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink 😉

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  11. Ice, We won’t get deJong, I reckon he is a smoke screen for other business in holland.. want a wager on it 🙂 🙂

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  12. Last thing on the young guns. We shouldn’t be getting to the stage where at 20 and 21 years old the lads have no experience. They should be going out to lower league clubs at 17 to gain experience. By 20 and 21 they should be ready for our first team. This is where Britain is miles behind Europe and why the Home Countries fail miserably at international level.
    The biggest problem is the Premier League. I would guess 50% of the teams would be happy by hook or crook to be in the league this time next year. It is all about now. Development and building for a future is not on the agenda for some clubs

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  13. AMF ive said the same for a while as you know,i could be wrong on this one like,you dont want to make any more wagers mate your on the verge of loseing your last one,oh ye of little faith 🙂

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  14. Ice, I am struggling to see where deJong will fit in , why so much effort on another striker? ?.. we have not spent big money on potential for a long long time. And because he is potential, I cant see 10m worth of it sitting on the bench.. goes against every transfer the past couple of years.. A centre back surely must be the go… no more bets, sweating bullet atm 🙂 🙂

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  15. AMF agree 100% on good c/b c.good will not be ready for PL this season
    just hope its not douglas 🙁

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  16. RICHIE dont think theres any doubt mate,as ive said before i worry cisse could be suffer from burn out a full yr of playing with nee break,now he will miss pre season 🙁

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  17. Ice…think he’ll of had the same break as those in the Euros, and guess the Olympics will have to be his pre season, the club don’t have to release him as far as I know so they must be ok with him playing. When I was a kid we used to p,ay for 5 days non stop without going in for wu tea, so I don’t buy the “tiredness” crap anyway 😆

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  18. RICHIE staning in goal deeing nowt might have been ok for you but some players do run aboot like 🙂

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  19. Ice/Richie, I played up front early on in my career, then midfield, then centre half, then left back, then left back in the changing rooms… 😥 was always a bit of an all-rounder (no cheeky comments Aussie)… 😉 😉

    De Jong could be a smoke screen….when there are millions and millions of pounds at stake, need to be careful…and with Del Boy and his team at the forefront we have the right guys to wheel and deal… 😕

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  20. Thanks Big D … 😉 ….

    Big D and Ice…the Starsky and Hutch of the blog…Toonsy’s henchmen… 😆 😆 😆 😆

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  21. Ice ok mate….. 😉

    30° here and sun cracking the pavement…off for a swim and then to the beer garden with her from inside of the doors…. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😉 😉

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