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Remie will be right up Toon fans' Streete

By Lee Ryder on Dec 13, 11 10:42 AM


Newcastle United's defensive issues have simply highlighted a lack of strength in depth when it comes to centre-backs at first team level.

Peeling back the layers of Alan Pardew's squad shows that beneath Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini and injured Steven Taylor, there isn't a great deal when it comes to experience, as fielding Danny Simpson and James Perch at centre-back showed recently.

But if the club are going down the road of giving youngsters a chance on the big stage, then the prospect of Remie Streete will be one that will excite Newcastle fans if he maintains the progress he is making at second string level.

Premier League bosses are reluctant to build up praise to early when it comes to playing the young guns, usually in fear of scarring a player for life after throwing them in at the deep end.

The other side of the coin of course is, that you learn more from your mistakes then you do being carried by a good team.

Streete may not get a chance anytime soon as he is learning his trade in the second string, but after showing he is comfortable at right-back or centre-back, at just 17 he is showing the traits of a promising defender.

Streete's tough tackling outlook on the game is impressive and observations so far suggest he plays with no fear.

Born in Aylesbury but raised in South Shields, Streete seems to have his head screwed on and doesn't talk above his station.

Toon fans love to see a home grown player come through the ranks and impress but Streete still has work to do.

At the end of last season, he said: "I just want to try and get a regular place in the reserve team, and hopefully next season I can be playing every game."

Streete is certainly one to watch out for in the next 12 months.

5 Comments

Ian said:

Simpson is a weak link - let him go.

m. sebastian t. said:

Having been in the New World of late rather than Newcastle, it had been quite some time since I watched the Magpies but last week a friend told me they were on tv in the local bar. The way it works on the other side of the pond is that the football is on a couple of tv sets and recorded ice hockey games are shown on others sets, with the football sound turned off. Anyhow, I did figure out that they were playing away to Norwich. My friend and I left after the score had reached 4-1 for the home side.

Today, now that I know where to eat brunch and watch soundless matches at the weekend, I’m sitting now munching on toast and watching the Magpies playing Swansea. It is 0-0 at the moment with nothing having risked me spilling my coffee.

Both last week and this it seems that there are quite a few of the be4tter players missing.

As they are playing teams like Norwich and Swansea and don’t have their best players any more, my assumption is that the Magpies must have got relegated again last season. Correct?

NOVOCASTRIAN said:

allthe best to allthe toon army heres hoping the lads and pardew give us a great new year

john connochie said:

hey sebastian , what a difference a couple of weeks make ,or maybe man u got relegated too

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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