We’ve been very lucky as Newcastle fans to have talent such as Shane Fergurson, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi and Medhi Abeid to step into first team roles in injury situations throughout last season. But this year with Premier League, Capital One and FA Cup and European commitments will see the youngsters included a lot more in and around the first team than last season.

We’ve seen a lot of Medhi Abeid in the FA Cup and pre-season friendly’s with Fenerbahce and Gateshead where he scored two amazing goals from outside the area. With solid performances in the reserves and the fact there has apparently been a loan offer turned down for the Algerian last month. Abeid should be a good player who can fill in for the other midfielders.

Again, We’ve seen a lot of Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi both with first team experience which was cut short due to injury. Vuckic had recovered in early February where then he would link up with manager Malky Mackay on loan to Cardiff City where he made 5 appearances and scored 1 goal before being recalled due to injuries at St James’. Alan Pardew seems to be a lot of confidence in Sammy who started to have constant appearances in the middle of last season.

Sammy offers a lot of pace for Pardew after 70 minutes and this was shown in his appearances with goal scoring opportunity’s against the likes of Manchester City the youngest Ameobi looks to be a very bright spark for Newcastle due to his versatility as he can play as an out and out striker, left wing or he can play in the hole behind the strikers.

Young Adam Campbell and Remi Streete are my favourite academy players and both look very likely make it in the first team in the future. Adam is only 17 but has already made an appearance for the first team against Cardiff in pre-season and provided two precise through balls to Haris Vuckic and Romain Amalfitano which proved the raw talent he had shown in the Newcastle and England Under-18s throughout last season with stunning performances that were only halted by injury. He may or may not get much first team football but the good comments Pardew and Carver have made public before his appearance in Cardiff.

Remi Streete is backed by John Carver, Alan Pardew and Peter Beardsley to be another bright spark who is said to be knocking on the door of a first team call up due to his work ethic and attitude. And was close to an FA Cup game for the first team against Brighton until a nasty injury stopped his chance, but this didn’t stop the South Shields born defender still managed to gain the ‘Wor Jackie’ award and Streete’s performances and new award prompted Pardew to say that Streete would join the first team in training this season and could even be in the first team squad.

I personally can’t wait for this season as it will be great to see the younger players like Haris, Sammy, Adam, Remi and Medhi get game time, as all of these players look head and shoulders over the other academy and reserve players.

By James Houmark

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  1. Micky Burns

    I must say that from what I've seen on Sammy, he looks to be a better footballer and more gifted then his brother Shola. Vuckic is also another that I have watched many times and still remember the beautiful goal he scored in pre season against Columbus Crew. Now for Medhi Abeid who could possibly be the best prospect we have got. I have now seen him scores some truly brilliant goals and just looking at him you can tell he is strong so hopefully we will see these 3 players really come into there own more this season and push for a starting place. I am also expecting more from Ferguson too because from what I seen last time he looks to be a very decent defender in the making. exciting times ahead for the Toon Army I'm sure.


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