When the Euros got into full stride I looked at England's squad and Gareth Southgate's first team selection.

My eyes alighted on Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Kalvin Phillips and I thought . . . WOW!

Such talent and all kids.

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Then I thought of Newcastle United and wondered why on earth they seem to be treating their kids so badly.

Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff and the lad waiting in the wings, Elliot Anderson.

What encouragement are they getting for goodness sake?

Matt was given a new contract and then disappeared which has got the vultures circling again while Sean, after a great start to the first-team career, has been reduced to looking like a little boy lost.

Their treatment is why I worry for Anderson. He looks to have so much about him and must be given the chance to break through this coming season, but will he?

Sean, I believe, suffers by having Jonjo Shelvey at his shoulder. I think Shelvey doesn't help a young boy but rather intimidates him and plays selfishly.

I always loved to encourage the development of youth both as a senior pro and a manager.

I remember going into the office of my Arsenal manager Terry Neill shortly after leaving Newcastle and urging him to put an 18-year-old Frank Stapleton in harness with me up top.

John Radford was the No 1 choice. He had won the double for Arsenal in partnership with Ray Kennedy but he was now in the twilight of his career and his style didn't dovetail with mine.

I implored Neill to give Stapleton a run and I nurtured him. We played together for two and a bit seasons and he became a great player going on to excel with Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland.

As a manager at Fulham I blooded kids like Paul Parker who went on to play for Man U and England, Jeff Hopkins who was a Welsh international by the age of 20, and the likes of Dean Coney and Dale Tempest.

Newcastle have had good kids before - the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle and squandered their talent allowing them to fully blossom elsewhere.

I just hope they sort out the Longstaffs and Anderson.

I wouldn't saddle the current three with a comparison to the superstar trio, apart from all are Geordies at their local club. The first three were truly exceptional but the general feeling of wasting or ignoring local lads still holds good.

This is a huge summer of decisions for Steve Bruce and United's hierarchy. What they do, or significantly don't do, will determine how next season goes.

The fixture list came out this week. I looked at the first three matches - West Ham, Aston Villa and Southampton - and thought what an opportunity to get off to a good start.

Then I realised it was all pointless because we do not know what sort of side United will put out.

There is work to be done. In the transfer market and decisions about players already in-house.

Some of those apparent decisions already alarm me.

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A new contract for Andy Carroll? Its nothing personal but what an earth is that based upon? He has never started a PL game in 2021 and in the second-half of the season he repeatedly only got on as a sub with literally minutes to go.

In two years back here Carroll has scored one league goal.

Bruce obviously doesn't trust him yet he may stay for a third season. We are back to Matty Longstaff, a new contract, and then a mighty cold shoulder. All of it simply makes no sense whatsoever.