NEWCASTLE United’s young players are coming of age at the club, according to Alan Pardew.
James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi and goalscorer Mehdi Abeid all impressed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce.
Tavernier played the full 90 minutes at centre-half alongside Fabricio Coloccini.
And Ameobi and Abeid came off the bench to combine for Newcastle’s 75th-minute goal at the Sonnenseestadion in the Austrian village of Ritzing.
While Pardew was frustrated that United conceded a late goal – Cristian Baroni scored with the last kick of the game – he was heartened by what he saw against Champions League club Fenerbahce.
“It was a game we should have won – there’s no doubt about that,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“But having said that, there were so many positives.
“The experienced players all looked good, definitely in front of where we were last year, and I thought the young players, and Sammy Ameobi and Tavernier in particular, were outstanding.
“Mehdi got his first goal. Mehdi’s got a lot to learn, but he has got ability. He showed that – it was a great goal.
“And Haris (Vuckic) showed his qualities. They’re the players that this tour is all about.
“The senior players are ready, but the younger players are showing they’ve got quality to play at this level.”
Meanwhile, Pardew’s confident Romain Amalfitano – who suffered a groin injury in the warm-up – won’t be sidelined for long.
Sylvain Marveaux was a late addition to the starting XI after Amalfitano pulled up before the game.
“Romain just hurt his groin – nothing major,” said Pardew. “It was precautionary. We didn’t want to risk him. It was no big deal.”
Meanwhile, Pardew also hailed Newcastle United’s low-key tour of Germany and Austria as a success.
“It’s been an enoyable tour, and the guys can be proud of what they’ve done,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We’ve conducted ourselves well, made some friends, and played well.”