Newcastle United’s U23 side were thrashed 5-1 by their Southampton counterparts on Monday night, and Magpies fans were quick to have their say on that result and the overall state of their youth system following the final whistle.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 19, 2018
The young Toon side found themselves 4-0 behind before Josef Yarney forced the ball home in the 70th minute, but the goal failed to ignite any sort of comeback as Siph Mdlalose scored for Saints to in the 87th minute to wrap up a comfortable win.
The Tyneside outfit’s youth system hasn’t exactly been successful in producing players for the first team in recent years, with only Paul Dummett becoming a regular having come through the club’s academy.
Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the latest defeat, and while one said “no wonder only Dummett made it out”, another said “should follow Huddersfield and scrap the youth academy”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
No wonder only Dummet made it out
— Ⓜ (@Moeillo) February 20, 2018
— Paul Oliver (@ollmeister) February 19, 2018
How was it strong, they had no first teamers playing, Sims and Hesketh only players who you could even call slightly senior
— BillysBoots (@Soccerreports23) February 19, 2018
Is there even an U-23 at this club? #NUFC
Why they are even playing, these player do NOT have any hope of making it to the first team, not even in a 5 years from now …
— nEwCaStLe Critic (@77_SH_ER) February 19, 2018
Wasn’t in attendance but looking at the team sheet it doesn’t surprise me. Half of them will be playing Northern League with you shortly
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) February 19, 2018
Good to see some quality coming through into the first team 😂 🤦🏼♂️
— 🐳 (@fistfulofcrisps) February 19, 2018
Should follow Huddersfield and scrap the youth academy
— Mark (@Markn456) February 19, 2018