PETER Beardsley’s backed John Carver to give his kids a chance at Newcastle United between now and the end of the season – if they can prove they are ready.
Carver is short of options amid an injury and suspension crisis which has decimated the club’s squad.
Midfielder Olivier Kemen has been an unused substitute for the last two games, while defenders Jamie Sterry and Lubomir Satka have been in Carver’s matchday squad.
And football development manager Peter Beardsley knows one or more injuries could see them pressed into action.
United head coach Carver was at St James’s Park on Tuesday night to see Beardsley’s Under-21 side play Middlesbrough.
And club legend Beardsley – whose side were beaten 1-0 – believes Carver is prepared to give them a chance.
Asked about the chance of one or more featuring over the coming weeks, Beardsley said: “Obviously, that’s JC’s decision, and I can’t comment on that.
“But as he’s said, the fans want to see young players and he wants to see young players.
“He’s always been like that if you look back at Sir Bobby Robson’s time. He was instrumental in Aaron Hughes coming through.
“He’s very positive towards them.”
Senior winger Gabriel Obertan played 45 minutes for the Under-21s after asking for a game to put himself in the frame for Monday night’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
Obertan was hoping to impress Carver ahead of the club’s visit to Anfield.
“To be fair to him, he asked if he could play half a game,” said Beardsley.
“He wanted to play on, but we couldn’t risk him. I can’t speak for him, but JC might need him at Liverpool.
“That’s what it’s like at the moment. We’re down to the bare bones.
“We came to a compromise, and said he could have half a game.
“Gabby would have liked to have played longer, but it’s just the world we’re in at the moment.”