Following Newcastle United’s impressive victory in the Capital One Cup at home to Leeds last night, two players came in for praise for their performances. In a Newcastle United side that included international stars like Debuchy, Coloccini, Tim Krul and Papiss Cisse, it was 2 local lads who stole the show last night. Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi were the bright sparks in last night’s victory. Here is what Alan Pardew had to say about the local lads.
“I don’t really need to talk it up, I think it spoke for itself. The real highlight was obviously Dummett and Sammy.
“We have had Paul since he was nine, we have had Sammy since he was 14.
“I bumped into a lady today when I was popping out for my lunch and she said, ‘You are looking after my nine-year-old at the moment’. I said, ‘Well, there is a route to the first team’. There’s nothing better than having local players on the pitch and we are really pushing those two to see if they can crack a regular first team spot.
“They were terrific tonight and I am pleased for them both.”
It is great to see young players come through the youth set up, but I feel it has been their individual time on loan that has given these lads the confidence, maturity and desire to break on to the Newcastle United first team. Paul Dummett had a very successful spell on loan to Scottish side St. Mirren, while Sammy had a short stint at local rivals Middlesbrough in the Championship. Both have emerged from their spells on loan as seemingly different players, which is great news.
The emergence of both Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett as contenders for the first team is a relief, given how lacking in depth our first team squad currently is, and it is good to know that we have a few fringe players who can step into the team and do a job. However, I would think that Dummett and Sammy Ameobi are just short of being first team regulars, and if injuries begin to mount up, we could see these young lads thrown into the deep end. If we have a season like the one we had last season, this could be damaging to their development.
It’s a case of sink or swim time for some of our young players, and at least these two are keeping their heads above water. Long may it continue.
What do you think? Were you impressed with Dummet and Ameobi’s performance last night? Will they be able to step in to the first team if injuries pile up? What other young players do you think will make the grade this season? I’d love to hear your views.