REMIE Streete and Lubomir Satka are on standby to make their Premier League debuts at Turf Moor – with Alan Pardew believing they are good enough AND old enough to play.
The defensive pair are in Newcastle United’s squad for tonight’s game against Burnley.
And manager Pardew says he won’t be afraid to pitch either of them in.
Pardew, already without captain Fabricio Coloccini, has concerns over Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara.
Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett are the club’s only fully fit senior defenders.
Satka – who turned 19 today – and Streete, 20, could feature against Sean Dyce’s team at Turf Moor, either from the start or off the bench.
Streete was recently recalled from a loan at Port Vale, where he had impressed in his three League One appearances.
Midfielder Vurnon Anita is also an option at right-back should Janmaat fail to prove his fitness.
“Williamson is struggling, Janmaat is struggling and Haidara is struggling,” said Pardew.
“It’s not ideal, but we’ve still got good young players. Remie Streete has done really well on loan, Lubo has done well, Vurnon hasn’t played for a while, and all of these players might feature.”
While Streete, from South Shields, is undoubtedly physically ready for Premier League football, technically-gifted Satka, a Slovakia Under-21 international, has a slighter build.
Asked he if was ready for the rigours of Premier League football, Pardew said: “He needs to be – he needs to deliver.
“He might be slight, but he is clever.
“I wouldn’t say he has the physical strngth to deal with some Premier League teams, or an Andy Carroll, but I think he can play at Burnley if he was called upon.”
Satka, signed from Slovakian side Dubnica, has previously been likened to a “young Coloccini” by Pardew.
Pardew believes the likes of Streete and Satka can take encouragement from the way the likes of Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez have adapted to top-flight football.
“We’ve had those players do great for us,” said Pardew. “It’s one of those seasons where we’re going through transition in terms of the squad.
“It’s a little bit topsy turvy at the minute, but I’ll carry that through to the end of the year and I’ll chop and change this team.
“From what I’ve seen on the training ground, the quality runs through it. Therefore, I can freshen things up.
“Although I’m a little restricted for Burnley, I’ll be better armed for Chelsea and going forward into the other games coming up.
“It’s really a case of us all digging in at Burnley and trying to get a result and going again from there.”