The Magpies have enjoyed an impressive run in recent weeks, although they fell to a first defeat in seven against West Ham on Saturday.
Their charge up the Premier League table - the Tyneside club currently occupy ninth place - has been all the more impressive down to the fact that Alan Pardew has been down to the bare bones of his first-team squad. The 53-year-old has had to draft a number of academy graduates into his starting XI, and the coach should be praised for the faith shown in the youngsters he has selected - even if that faith was forced upon him through circumstance.
A trip to Burnley awaits on Tuesday evening, and Pardew is once again set to be faced with some tough decisions, with Fabricio Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Massaido Haidara all set to miss the game, and it means that Remie Streete and Lubo Satka could make their Premier League debuts.
Streets spent a spell on loan at Port Vale earlier this term and impressed, but it is Satka’s likely inclusion which has come under the most scrutiny, and Pardew has urged the Slovakian 18-year-old to deliver on the pitch if he were to make his debut at Turf Moor.
“It’s time, he needs to deliver,” Pardew told the Chronicle. “He has been here a long time, all the time I’ve been here and he might be slight but he is clever.
“I wouldn’t say he has the physical strength to deal with some Premier League teams or an Andy Carroll but I think he can play at Burnley if he was called upon.”
Satka has been compared with Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini, with many believing he will be the Argentine’s long-term replacement, and it would be wise for Pardew to show faith in the 18-year-old whilst the team are currently impressing in the Premier League.