When the transfer window slammed disappointingly shut in the summer, from out of the woodwork crawled those trying to defend our transfer business. Some were saying that our first 11 rivalled many of the top teams, some argued that our fringe players could come good, and others stated that we have some promising young players coming through the ranks. All of the above is true to varying degrees, but I just want to focus a little bit on the last part; our youngsters.
There can be no doubt that, with a small squad, we will be relying heavily on younger players stepping into the fold to supplement first team players, keep them competitive, and ultimately challenge them for their first team spot. The emergence, of sorts, of both Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett can be seen as a good example of this and it would appear that these two are at the forefront of Alan Pardew’s thinking when it comes to our younger players challenging for first team spots. One could argue that the loan system benefited these two lads massively, as the experience they received on loan to Middlesbrough and St. Mirren respectively, has stood them in good stead for this season.
However, there are other younger players who do not seem to be in the manager’s thinking for the first team this season and it would appear that Alan Pardew has been trying to get these players out on loan much like he did with Ameobi and Dummett last season. Here is what he had to say on the matter,
“I think there are one or two players that we would love to loan out but we haven’t got the options,”
“Adam Campbell, Bigirimana and Haris (Vuckic), they need to go out on loan but we haven’t had the takers yet.”
I have heard people speak very highly of these three players, and I myself think that all of them have a great deal of potential, but I think we have done what we tend to always do with our younger players and that is to big them up to extremes. While Bigirimana looked impressive in the few games he played for the first team last season, he is still a diamond in the rough. Adam Campbell has yet to burst on to the scene, and failed to make an impact in the short time he was on loan to Carlisle. Yes he may have only been there a month, but to make 1 first team appearance (a sub appearance at that) for a League One side, shows that you are in no way, shape or form, even remotely ready for Premier League football. As for Vuckic? Well, Real Madrid and Manchester United wanted him once upon a time, now we cannot even farm him off to a Championship side. Yes he has had his injury troubles, and these may have seriously damaged his career prospects.
Needless to say, I really want to see all 3 players move on loan and get some invaluable first team experience as they are all desperately in need of some football. The lack of willing suitors for these players should be taken as a rude awakening for some Newcastle fans who think that these players are going to be capable of making the step up this season.
What do you think? Where should these lads go out on loan? Are you worried about the lack of interest in them? Perhaps you think they could be of use to us this season? I’d love to hear your views.