Michael Richardson, the 18-year-old red head, who was working for Newcastle City Council until last summer, joined the Newcastle club from Walker Central, and has made amazing progress in a short six months at the club.
Michael Richardson – 18 year old star in the making?
Richardson had a trial at the club in the summer, and the red-head joined the club in late August.
When he played for the Reserves against Blackpool back in October, he came on in the second half down the left wing, and inspired a remarkable 3-2 win.
That included making the winner for Nile Ranger, and helping the lads score 3 goals in the last 20 minutes after being 2-0 down, to win that game 3-2 at Bloomfield Road.
Peter Beardsley at the time was impressed with the lad as he said after that game:
“I think it’s brilliant for our club that we have a kid who’s a late developer.”
“And I think it gives encouragement to all the youngsters in the North East.”
“Your chance isn’t gone even if you’re 15, 16, 17. There’s still a chance for you.”
Newcastle-born Richardson, who went to Kenton School, has impressed both Alan Pardew as well as Peter in recent months.
Pardew said today:
“He’s only been here 10 months, and he’s jumped ahead of a few players,”
“Fair play to him, he looks a really good prospect, but, of course, he shouldn’t be on the bench at a club this size at this time.”
“Hopefully, his time is in the next couple of years. We really like him.”
Reserve team coach Peter Beardsley has an important job to do at Newcastle, as he brings these young lads through via the second team, and he knows this lad has the right attitude, and loads of ability, as he said today:
“I have to be honest, I’ve got a soft spot for Michael,”“I think his attitude’s sensational, but the good thing is he’s got ability.
“It’s all right having the attitude, but you have to have the ability, and Michael has it.”
Maybe Michael can be sent out on loan next season at least through January, so he can get some first team games under his belt.
But it’s always great to see our young players coming through at the club, especially when they are local lads too.
Howay The Lads!!