James Posted March 26, 2007 Share Posted March 26, 2007 http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/newcastleunited/news/tm_headline=plans-to-farm-out-young-stars%26method=full%26objectid=18809862%26siteid=50081-name_page.html Plans to farm out young stars Mar 26 2007 By Luke Edwards, The Journal Having been forced to speed up their football development due to injuries, Glenn Roeder plans to get rid of Newcastle's youngsters next season - but only on loan. In a difficult and disappointing season, the arrival of so many of United's young players in the first team has been a rare plus point, with Paul Huntington, David Edgar, Matty Pattison and Andy Carroll all making their senior debuts. Roeder has also involved James Troisi, Alan O'Brien and Kazenga LuaLua in the Premiership, as well as cup games, but the former head of United's Academy admits he has a different plan for them next season as he attempts to protect their long-term progress. While Roeder, as his Academy background suggests, is committed to youth development, he also knows he needs a stronger set of senior players if he is going to bring the improvements the club's supporters, as well as chairman Freddie Shepherd, will demand. "We're in talks with David Edgar, all the young lads, (Paul) Huntington, Andy Carroll and Matty Pattison," said Roeder, whose willingness to discuss new contracts with his young players is in contrast to his caution in handing extensions to senior players like Titus Bramble, Nolberto Solano, James Milner and Antoine Sibierski. Nevertheless, while the youngsters will be rewarded for their fast-track rise this season, Roeder believes they might have to take a step backwards to take another one forward at St James's Park. He explained: "All that group of players, had we not had that injury crisis they would all have been out on loan. I'm a big believer of what we did at West Ham. Harry Redknapp did it, I agreed with him and did it myself. Get the kids out on loan. Joe Cole was the only one who didn't, he went straight into the first team. "Rio (Ferdinand) went to Bournemouth, Frank (Lampard) went to Swansea, Michael Carrick went to Swindon and Birmingham for one game before being called back, (Jermain) Defoe went to Bournemouth and smashed the goalscoring record down there. I sent Glen Johnson to Millwall for 14 games. We used to watch them, mind you they never played particularly well because the football wasn't conducive to the way they had been taught at West Ham. But they were in a man's environment, a man's dressing room. I'll be looking to do that with the youngsters here at Newcastle next year." One of those will be Tim Krul and the Dutch goalkeeper, who made a match-winning debut in Newcastle's 1-0 Uefa Cup win over Palermo last November, has a great chance of making in the grade in the Premiership. However, the 17-year-old has Shay Given and Steve Harper in front of him at United and Roeder knows he needs to find the right club, preferably within easy reach of the North-East, for him to play first-team football at next season if he is to maintain his progress. He said: "Tim Krul falls into that category, big time. He is a keeper I hold in the highest regard. He had the most wonderful debut imaginable in Palermo but he now needs games. He is being brought back slowly from injury, he doesn't need to play again this season, but we're looking to farm him out on loan next season, probably for the whole year. "But you have to be very careful of the club we choose because he has been very well coached by Terry Gennoe and is working with two fantastic keepers who he is learning from. It may be the case we do not want him to go too far away so we can have him in on a Monday and Tuesday so he can still be coached by Terry." Good decision I think. Also, Roeder seems determined to beefen up our squad to the extent that none of these players will get a look in next season. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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