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.