Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beardo Offers Chance to Toon's First-Team Exiles; KRUL AND THE GANG COULD GET GAME TIME FOR U-23S

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beardo Offers Chance to Toon's First-Team Exiles; KRUL AND THE GANG COULD GET GAME TIME FOR U-23S

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Byline: CHRIS WAUGH NUFC writer chris.waugh@trinitymirror.com @CHRISDHWAUGH

PETER Beardsley has not ruled out offering some of Newcastle United's unwanted first-team players their chance in the under-23s - if they are still on Tyneside in a fortnight.

Tim Krul, Emmanuel Riviere and Achraf Lazaar have been training with the under-23 squad at the Academy over the last couple of weeks, Rafa Benitez determined to unclutter the first team's Benton base.

Benitez has put the trio up for sale - Henri Saivet is also among the players who are available to leave - and has told them to find new clubs.

In the meantime, they are training with Beardsley's squad, though they did not take part in the under-23s' victorious Whitby Town FC Challenge Cup campaign.

Beardsley could offer them the opportunity to play in the young Magpies' opening match of the 2017/18 campaign, against Stoke City on Saturday, August 12.

"Time will tell because some will likely head out on loan or permanently as there is interest in them," the Newcastle under-23 coach replied when asked if any of the exiled first-team players could feature for the reserves going forward.

"If the time comes in two weeks when we play Stoke and those players are still here then it depends and we will see what we have left in the building - they could get a chance, it just depends.

"We had different teams against Celtic and AZ but now you can understand why I don't want to be a first-team manager," Beardsley added, half-jokingly.

"There are decisions all over the place."

The under-23s head up to Northumberland tonight to take on Steve Harmison's Ashington AFC side in their latest pre-season friendly.

Beardsley's team will make the short journey in a positive frame of mind following their 2-1 win over Celtic and their 4-1 hammering of AZ Alkmaar last week. …

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