Currently we find our beloved club in a state of flux.
Injuries are in abundance, confidence is low and there is something in the air which isn’t exactly suggesting unity and commitment to the cause. This is the time for battles, hard work and endeavour.
Newcastle took to the field on the weekend to play Brighton with a fairly inexperienced team it has to be said. James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Medhi Abeid, are not first team players we admit but the response from such players I felt was nothing short of ridiculous. Lazy, incompetent, disinterested and the swagger of players who think they have made it. No pride, and worse no effort.
We can’t blame them completely however. For one the senior players let the young lads down. How can you play when they aren’t leading from the front? When you are a young player you need games, practise no matter how much talent you have. A former NUFC graduate Kazenga Lua Lua came on for Brighton and looked sharp hungry and quite frankly made Davide Santon look silly on more than one occasion. Something then is wrong with most of the youngsters at the Club. Not all, Paul Dummett looked as though he wanted to play badly, he was eager and assured, you could tell he had been playing regularly. Ranger huffs and puffs but we don’t need to revisit the areas in which he has let NUFC down.
The concern for Alan Pardew is that this meant to be the year they would all step up gain more experience, cover when necessary. Shane Ferguson is 21 not 19 yet he shows the occasional glimmer but cant reproduce it regularly. He needs game time. Its such a vicious cycle for the youngsters but they have to grasp their chance. Abeid hadn’t had a chance for a long time before the game against Brighton. He looked like he would rather be anywhere else but on the pitch.
This article hasn’t been written to target our youngsters as they are vulnerable and not experienced. But it’s time for them to get thick skinned, pull their socks up and play. You cannot imagine a NUFC youth player not having pride in wearing the famous shirt. Any fan would die to play in the black and white. It is unthinkable that these youngsters don’t take their chance. It only comes around once. Soon they could be playing in League Two and thinking what might have been.
For all Alan Pardew’s faults he is right when he says;
“I thought we had inconsistencies from the players because they’re young. Sammy Ameobi did some good things, but some naive things.”
“Young Dummett came in, and we had to call him in as an emergency. He shouldn’t be with us. He should be gaining experience in Scotland.”
“We have Nile Ranger, who shouldn’t be playing. We had James Tavernier at centre-half.”
The youth maybe shouldn’t have been playing, but they did and they sure need to show more urgency, pride and commitment when, or perhaps if, they get their next chance.