I’ve received a few notes from readers asking us to profile some of the young players, who are currently part of the the Newcastle Youth Academy.
Adam Campbell – North Shields born striker – a top young talent on Tyneside
And since the youngsters got through their 4th round tie of the FA Youth Cup 2-1 against Grimbsy last night, but needed extra time to do it, this may be a good time to profile one of the top young players at the club – Adam Campbell.
The first thing you need to know about Adam is that he’s still very young, and only just turned 16 on January 1st, but he’s in the U18 squad already, which tells you of this lad’s enormous potential.
Adam is yet another product of the famous Wallsend Boys’ Club, and he’s a striker, and one of his claims to fame is that he was voted MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the Nike Premier Cup Tournament last August in Manchester.
FC Barcelona claimed victory once again for Spain, and beat the Mexican side Pachuca FC 3-1 in the final which was at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground.
Manchester United and Newcastle United were the two clubs representing England in that tournament, and Newcastle United lost to Chilean team Colo Colo 5-4 on penalties, after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.
And that MVP award has previously been won by Carlos Tévez, Andreas Iniesta and Fernando Torres, and Adam also ended up as the joint top goalscorer in the Tournament, with 6 goals.
Andreas Iniesta as you remember was the scorer of the winning goal in the World Cup final for Spain in extra time last summer, when he was put through by Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.
So Adam is already in illustrious company indeed.
Adam was born in North Shields, on the right side of the River Tyne back in 1995, and he is very fast and a tenacious striker, who made his debut for the Newcastle under-18 side while still just 15 years old.
Adam joined the Magpies in 20002 when he was just 7 years old – so they are certainly recruiting them young these days.
Having been born on Tyneside, he is a big Newcastle United fan (that’s a surprise), and his favorite Newcastle player is the great Cheick Tiote, and he is also a big fan of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Good choice Adam.
Adam is regarded as a massive talent at Newcastle United, and it will now be the job of the Academy coaches to bring this youngster along, but the red-head (ginger-head?) seems to have the right attitude, as he says the best advice he has ever been given is to keep going, and never give up.
The Newcastle U18 side last night – before extra time
In the picture above, taken last night, that’s Adam Campbell at the back – and we just have to hope he’s listening to the coaches. 😀
The Newcastle U18 had an element of luck when they finished the game with Grimsby 1-1 after 90 minutes, but Grimsby missed a second half penalty and the Newcastle winner came from midfielder Adam Sayer.
Newcastle Academy manager Joe Joyce, who got the lads through to the semi-final stage last year only to be eliminated, rather unluckily by Aston Villa, will now take the lads to Manchester United in the fifth round. That should be easy.
It seems that mental toughness and a tremendous work ethic got the lads through last night, and so they seem to reflect the qualities of the Newcastle first team, which is good to see.
So remember 16 year-old Adam Campbell, who could become one of the future great Newcastle Number 9s, but of course he still has a long long way to go, and he must keep his head down and take in everything the Newcastle coaches tell him.
Stick in Adam, never give up – and then anything will be possible.