Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Simon Gallagher, Chief Sports Writer and Newcastle United Editor at WhatCulture.com, Talks Kids and Ashley

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Simon Gallagher, Chief Sports Writer and Newcastle United Editor at WhatCulture.com, Talks Kids and Ashley

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THE news this week that Newcastle United had been given the go-ahead on an impressive new training facility was a long sive new training facility was a long time in the making: it is the latest step on Mike Ashley's so far failed attempt to foster talent and create a production line of players. On the face of it, it's a great idea - Newcastle's production of young talents in the past few years has been largely embarrassing, with the "best" prospects ending up out on loan somewhere before being released quietly or left to rot in the reserves. And, of course, you should never under-estimate the pull that exceptional facilities can have on top talents; Mathieu Debuchy specifically mentioned the difference in class in Arsenal and Newcastle's training complexes, and the more idealistic of fans might hope the playing field might be levelled by upgrading.

That's probably silliness, considering Debuchy went for Champions League football more than anything, but at least it will help stop the thing, but at least it will help stop the excuses. But then, at the end of the day, how effective can the no doubt many bells and whistles on the new training facility really be when the club isn't set up from a management position to encourage and nurture the talents that emerge? Look at the massively hyped players we've had in the very recent past: all of Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Fabio Zamblera, Haris Vuckic and Curtis Goode came to the club with massive expectations. They were to be the next generation of first-teamers, but everyone of them has failed to make a lasting impact on the first team: so why were they linked with major clubs before they were convinced to come Terms & Conditions Apply Don't just take our word for it No Excess to Pay Replacement Vehicle Instant Medical Treatment No Win No Fee Independent Customer Reviews to Newcastle? What are we missing? The problem is not as simple as a single answer.

Firstly, the club suggest that youth and homegrown talent is important, but then Alan Pardew chooses those players to criticise publicly more than any other, protecting foreign stars as if they're more fragile. …

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