There’s no doubt that one of the only good things about Newcastle’s squad right now is the number of terrific youngsters the Newcastle club has brought in over the last couple of years.
Brad Inman – urged to press for first team this season
Newcastle United Youth coach Alan Thompson has today challenged the Australian-born starlet Brad Inman, who has played for the Scotland U21 side, to win his senior debut during the coming season.
The 17-year-old, who is often compared to Real Madrid’s Kaka (that can’t be bad), has certainly impressed during Newcastle’s pre-season, and scored twice in the Reserves 3-1 win at Whitely Bay last month.
Inman, who has opted to represent Scotland at Under-19 level, presumably because it’s a lot closer to Newcastle than down under (good thinking), made the first-team bench once last season but was a regular in the Reserves midfield.
His Geordie mentor and Newcastle born and bred Alan Thompson, believes the youngster should be getting ready to challenge for a first team squad place next season:
Alan told the Newcastle official site today:
“Brad has to be positive this year and has to set his standards high,”
“He has chosen to represent Scotland so he has the international incentive this season as well.”
“But first and foremost he has to try and get in that first-team squad here at Newcastle.”
“The only way you’ll do that is by hard work but he’s certainly got the potential.”
Brad grew up in Redwood Park, Adelaide and started playing football at the age of just 6. He is the youngest of four children with sisters Caitlyn, 19, Jessica, 21 and Leighanne, 27.
His mother, Lorraine, was born in Scotland while the parents of his father, David, were born in England.
The fact that his mother Lorraine is Scottish qualifies him to play for Scotland, and when he was capped for the first time earlier this year, the Scots were very happy indeed.
Brad is just one of a number of teenagers who can be part of the first team squad this coming season, and those include Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar, Brad Inman, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Callum Morris, Shane Ferguson and Ryan Donaldson.