Peter Beardsley has admitted to the Chronicle that not one of Newcastle United's youth products are ready to make the first team squad.
The Magpies may have expressed a desire to utilise their academy system more effectively, but youth-team manager Beardsley doesn't feel the club has the opportunity to do so at this stage.
Beardsley says that Newcastle's current academy crop are all some way off being first-team regulars at St. James' Park and the task will be to ensure that they reach their potential in the future.
“When you look at the job John (Carver) has got he hasn’t got many players through no fault of his. Our big job is to get these lads up to that stage.
“None of them are ready for the first team yet, not one of them, they have a bit to go. That’s our job and why results (in the Under-21s) don’t matter."
The lack of home-grown youngsters in Newcastle's squad is something which has frustrated fans of the North East club in recent times.
The likes of Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons may have had first-team opportunities this campaign, but it is a long time since Newcastle produced an iconic player.
There is a greater importance being placed on the academy set-up now, but it seems that it will be a long-term project rather than a short-term fix.
Amongst Newcastle's more promising players are Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman and Callum Roberts but it appears the trio will be waiting some time before they break into the senior squad after Beardsley's comments today.