John Carver reveals why he is opting against using Newcastle’s youngsters

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Carver has been urged to include some of Newcastle’s youngsters in the first-team as they look to fight off relegation.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Magpies head coach Carver has revealed that he has opted against using Newcastle’s youngster to guarantee experience on the pitch.

The interim boss said: “I saw signs [of character] in in the first half [vs Swansea]. That’s why we put an experienced side on the pitch.”

This is certainly a good way of looking at his team, as experience is a vital part of any relegation battle, and there are no teams in the Premier League who field youngsters in high pressure situations in case they crumble under the pressure.

Admittedly, the experienced figures in the Magpies squad are crumbling just the same, and there is no real sense that the team being fielded every week by Carver is good enough to secure top flight survival.

This is why the likes of Adam Armstrong, Tom Headman and even Facundo Ferreyra have been touted as potential first-team inclusions in the coming weeks. Newcastle fans want to see something different from their side, and with games running out to pick up a vital victory, it is hard to deny that maybe the youngsters do deserve a chance.

They may not have the experience to lead the Magpies away from the relegation places, but they would certainly have the drive to, and it is hard to see how they could be any worse than the current players on show.

It would take a bold call from Carver to name a side featuring some young talents in the coming weeks, but it might just be the right decision for the interim head coach.

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