Newcastle boss Pardew eager to test kids in Europa League

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew plans to test his kids in the Europa League.

Pardew has promised to give the likes of full-backs Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier midfielder Haris Vuckic and striker Sammy Ameobi – younger brother of Shola – a chance to shine.

Pardew said: “This is an ­unprecedented opportunity for our young players. They have a manager who is going to say, ‘You’re playing’.

“I’ve looked at the Europa League and a lot of managers have tried to go with their first team and then play in the Premier League – and it has cost them. I’m not going to do that.

“I’m going to be very risky in my selection and brave, to a degree, in the Europa League.

“We’re focusing on the development group.

“We have young players coming through like our striker Adam Campbell, who’s only 17. That’s how it has to be at a big club. You look at Barcelona – eight first-team players have come through the academy.

“I’ve had 18 months here and I’m pleased at the progress. As we go forward hopefully it will get better.’’

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