ALAN Pardew has warned Newcastle United’s youngsters they must knuckle down – or risk not having a future at the club.
Pardew admits he has been disappointed with the lack of progress some of his fledglings have made this season, after earmarking them for possible important roles.
And he has told them that they must improve if they are to push for the first team in the future, having blown their chance of impressing him in some Europa League games – particularly the final Group D clash against Bordeaux.
With Pardew’s senior squad decimated by injuries and suspensions in recent weeks, he was forced to turn to the back-up players, but they failed to show the quality the United boss says they need to compete in the Premier league on a regular basis.
“It’s highlighted a problem we’re going to look into – our younger players,” said Pardew.
“They’re going to have to do more work – they need to improve.
“All those young players are good players – they could play in the Championship. No problem.
“But this is Newcastle, and they need to be better.”
Pardew handed starts to James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Nile Ranger and Sammy Ameobi against Bordeaux, while Romain Amalfitano and Adam Campbell were unused substitutes.
But United were well beaten by the French side, going down 2-0 in a game in which Newcastle’s youngsters failed to impress.
And Pardew insists the players – and the coaching staff – are in for a busy time at their Benton base in a bid to ensure the players realise their potential.
“We learnt a lot (against Bordeaux),” he said.
“The young players are going to find out that they’re going to do a lot more work on the training ground.
“I’ve got to be honest – I was a little bit disappointed with them.
“They’re all going to have extra work to do. We’ve got to make sure, out of this period we’ve had, that we learn some lessons.
“Not just myself and my coaching staff, but the players, the board and all my staff. We’re really going to push on now.”