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 ‘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?