ALAN Pardew insists that Newcastle’s January spending spree does not spell the end of the line for Sammy Ameobi and company at the club.
The United manager could barely conceal his delight at signing five players last week, asserting that they have had a hugely beneficial impact on his existing squad.
But lost amid the optimism is what it means for the clubs younger players, who failed to grasp their opportunities in the first half of the season.
Pardew says there is still a future at the club for Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi, but added that he will send them out to the Football League next month with a message to emulate Curtis Good, the Australian defender who looks set to play in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley next month with League Two outfit Bradford City.
Pardew said: “I still have high hopes for Sammy, for Fergie.
“It’s a good question at this time, because I think they need to go out and get eight or nine games under their belt, perhaps at Championship level, to get their confidence back.
“They’ve had to come into a losing situation and we’ve had to ask three or four of them to go into the team and pick us up. It’s very, very difficult that. I have some sympathy for them.
“There is a route and Adam Campbell is another one who is actually very unlucky not to travel with this group because he’s been doing really well in training.
“The most ideal situation for this club is to produce our own and we’ll be looking at that very, very strongly in the summer in terms of trying to improve that area.”
Pardew also addressed his own previous declaration that there should be three British players in every Premier League team – a statement that has come back to haunt him after United’s French shopping mission.
He said there is no hypocrisy about managing a team that could put out its first all-foreign XI tonight, asserting that the market has made it difficult for the club to recruit British players.
“I thought it would be a nice rule,” he said. “It’s not the rule, though. I think it’s very important to promote British players
“But unfortunately the market makes it very difficult.
“Chief executives and chairmen need to understand that sometimes players need opportunities.”
Pardew also confirmed Good would stay at Valley Parade until the end of the season – but expects him to be challenging for United’s first team next season.
“When Curtis comes back in the summer I expect him to be really pushing, but it’s right where he is right now – for Bradford and for us,” he said.