Will youth hold the key to Europe this season?

Ready for take off?

Ready for take off?
With Newcastle being in Europe this season it looks like Alan Pardew will call upon his young starlets to help get through the increased number of games his side will play, especially in these earlier rounds.

Who are the ones who should be most in with a shout and who could make a name for themselves with all of these extra games to play?

Mehdi Abeid is one of the players Pardew may call upon this season after putting in brilliant performances in pre-season and grabbing goals against Fenerbache and Gateshead. Getting goals from the centre of midfield has been something Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote have struggled to do, so if Abeid can offer this as part as his game on top of the normal attributes of a centre midfielder, then maybe he can break into the first team as I definitely think he has enough talent.

Moving onto another young prospect that looks like he may get some minutes under his belt this season is striker Adam Campbell, Pardew is already aware of the talent that Campbell possesses, he has been scoring for fun in the reserves and in a recent interview Pardew hinted that Campbell may make his first team debut in Greece later on when we play our Europa league qualifier against Atromitos.

Pardew simply said: “I need them to play.”

He was talking about Campbell and new boy Gael Bigirimana who has been branded as a β€˜mini’ Tiote by his team mates

Bigirimana is another young prospect who has also impressed in pre-season and will be looking to get some first team experience under his belt when the fixture list starts to get congested and players need a rest.

The other young players who look like breaking into the first team rotation this season are Sammy Ameobi, new signing Curtis Good, Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson.

In what looks to be a promising season for Newcastle, could youth be the key to a successful season?

99 thoughts on “Will youth hold the key to Europe this season?

  1. Troy he can know its low without it being a ploy for the fans. Not saying its not like, but maybe they only want him at a bargain and dont think he’s worth any more. Sounds like a few others transfers recently πŸ˜‰


  2. Willo as Captain might still mean Jonas is playing. Could just be a show of faith in Willo, and see if his game improves with said faith? Although it does seem unlikely that Jonas will start…


  3. (4-2-3-1): Harper; Tavernier, Perch, Williamson (c), R Taylor; Bigirimana, Anita; Obertan, Gosling, Marveaux; Cisse


  4. I should be pardew got team selection right!
    Tav, Willo, Perch, Raylor,
    Obertan, Bigi, Gosling, Anita, Marv


  5. With the CM’s we signed I can’t see Perchinho getting as much of a look in CM this season. Based on the last two games I feel Pardew is trying to ease us into the idea of Perch as 3rd/4th choice CB.
    I’m all for not spending over the odds for people like Debuchy as we don’t need to get mugged off. But CB is a necessity whichever way you look at it.
    Come on Douglas.


  6. Dub do you remember KK watering the pitch at SJP despite a few days heavy rain. When asked why he did it he responded “I don’t know but, Bill Shankly always watered the pitch and if it was good enough for him …”


  7. Bats, nah they ain’t changed since my last post mate πŸ˜† …they were going up and down like a yoyo for about an hour though 😯

    Mark, it’s on Premier TV. A tenner if you have Sky.

    Troy@75, I agree 12m is a bit low for an England international striker, especially given they paid 35 for him. As I said earlier though Fatty loves his mind games. Like you say, it could be a Wayne Rooney special to keep the fans happy (even though that was Fat Freddy in 2004).

    ….or, your theory of slapping in a low bid then coming in late with a take it or leave it offer of 15m also makes sense, although we’ll have to wait and see if that one gets re-ignited. I don’t think it’s dead in the water yet anyway.



    9 changes,


    Willo (cpt)



    4231 formation apparently

    …looks alreet 😎


  9. In a way I hope Campbell doesn’t score. If he does they’ll be press reports about him being the new Rooney and calls for him in the u21 England team, it’ll be too much pressure and it could affect him more than it did Carroll.


  10. Solano-Aye it seems so. Perch is alright at CB don’t get me wrong, but he just lacks the physicality/size for it really. They don’t all have to be monsters like hangeland, but Perch is only an average CB and offers nothing in terms of danger…wish we had Ivanovic like πŸ™


  11. Newkie
    Ivanovic is a dirty bugger but he is a brick wall and Chelsea are much better with him in the team.


  12. Yeah, he’s a prick, but he’s a CB who can play RB and seems to score all the fecking time…well, when he’s not hitting people in the face and whatever πŸ˜†


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