Newcastle United’s 20 year-old Canadian defender, David Edgar, knows he will have to get much bigger if he is to compete in the Premier League.
David Edgar – only 154lbs in weight but 6’2″ tall
David has been at the club since 2003 and has graduated through Newcastleâ€™s academy and he is a good bet to make it into the Newcastle first team in the next couple of seasons. Certainly in his two starts recently, he has looked the part after the first few nervous minutes of each game.
But at 6â€™2â€ he is listed at just 11 stones and 0 lbs in weight (154 lbs), and he knows heâ€™ll need to get a lot bigger and stronger to compete in the English Premier League.
Steven Taylor is also 6’2″ but is listed at 12 stones and 11 pounds by the club (179lbs), and that’s a full 25 lbs heavier than David.
A summer regimen of yorkshire pudding and black pudding is what the youngster needs – and hey – eat some of those rice puddings the chef at Newcastle’s training ground is serving up especially for Habib Beye – who apparently cannot get enough of them. 😀
Some of our readers noticed how slim David was when he started in place of Steven Taylor against Reading, and the Canadian center-back was given a tough test by West Ham’s big England striker Dean Ashton (6’2″ and listed at 192 lbs) last Saturday, at Upton Park.
But David has an excellent temperament and a great character, and of course his father Eddie was a goalkeeper at Newcastle, with just a single appearance in the FA Cup in 1976.
Edgar hopes he can build on that experience on Saturday as he told BBC Radio Newcastle today:
“I’m playing against England internationals who are big strong lads,”
“I’ve got to get bigger and be able to compete with them, but it’s a learning curve and I’m excited to be playing.”
Well it’s not a hard thing to bulk up, and we’re sure we’ll see him at least 14 lbs heavier at the start of next season. We would really like to see David make it at Newcastle, and we expect the club to put him on some kind of high protein diet in the summer.
He can play well anywhere across the back four and he is so committed to the club, he will never let the side down. David has so far made 10 appearances for Newcastle and hopefully there will be a lot more to come.
David – enjoy all those puddings (yorkshire, black and rice). 😀