ALAN Pardew says he won’t afraid to make changes between now and the end of the season – and take a glimpse into the future.
Eighth-placed Newcastle are safe with seven Premier League games left to play.
With the Magpies having fallen out of the running for a European place, Pardew has an opportunity to take a closer look at one or two players ahead of next season.
Defender Paul Dummett, 22, has already had a run in the team at left-back in the absence of Davide Santon.
Teenage striker Adam Armstrong, currently away with England’s Under-17s, was handed his senior debut against Fulham this month.
And young players Remie Streete, Rolando Aarons, Jak Alnwick and Lubo Satka have been included in recent matchday squads, and could travel to Southampton for tomorrow’s match.
“I’m going to look at things between now and the end of the year,” Pardew said.
“That’ll be in every game. I’ll look at something different. I think it’s important that we do that.
“We’ve got young players like Dummett – who had a poor game the other night, and who needs understanding of where he’s at. It’s a lot of games in a short period of time.
“There are players like Armstrong. Tactically, can we do something different?
“We’ve got the opportunity, now we’re safe, to do that, but not take away our winning mentality. We’ve got to keep pushing to win.”
Pardew’s thoughts are echoed by his assistant John Carver, who has been in charge on a matchday for the last three games.
“We want to finish as high up that table as we can,” said Carver, who has previously worked at United’s Academy and takes a keen interest in the club’s next generations.
“If the time’s right, I’m sure the manager will think about it.
“If the time’s not right, we’ll go with what we’ve got.
“The good thing about this football club is that they (the fans) are crying out for some young talent, and we’ve actually got a batch of young talent.
“They might just be a little bit on the young side at the moment – too young – but who’s to know in a year or twos time? They might just get a chance.”
Meanwhile, Pardew will be allowed into the St Mary’s Stadium, but he still has a four-game touchline ban to serve.
And the 52-year-old is looking forward to returning to the dressing room.
“Sometimes, at half time, you have to make a point loud and clear,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to being back in the dressing room.
“You take any personality out of the dressing room, and you’ve only got a small team, it’s going to affect it.
“You take John out, it’s going to affect it.
“With me being the manager, it carries a bit more weight as well.”