It wasn’t until Shola Ameobi and Jack Colback came on in the second half that any local lads were present in the Newcastle vs Sunderland derby game on Sunday.
Remie Streete – 2012 Wor Jackie winner
But Alan Pardew has come out today and said that Newcastle youngster Remie Streete could find himself in Newcastle first team squad sooner rather than later.
The 17 year-old 6’2″ defender can play right-back or center-back won the very first Jack Hixon Award in 2010, which is named after the scout who discovered a certain Alan Shearer.
Remie is the son of former Wolves player Floyd Streete, and he has an imposing physical presence and began playing regularly for the Reserve side at the end of last season, when he was only 16.
Streete has been training with the first team recently, and Alan Pardew thinks it could be soon when Remie actually plays in the first team.
Pardew told the local press today:
“It looks like it isn’t going to take him too much time to be playing first-team football.” “He’s physically ready, in the next two years he could go straight in.”
“I don’t want to heap too much pressure on Remie, but he’s a calm kind of guy.” “If you are really confident that you can handle it, then they can go straight in to the first team.”
And Remie has won this year’s Wor Jackie award, given to the best Newcastle U18 player each year, and is named after the great number 9 – Ashington-born Jackie Milburn – who scored 200 goals for Newcastle United in his career.
Streete was delighted to pick up the Wor Jackie award back on Feburary 7th, when he had this say:
“I am really proud to pick up this award – it’s such a prestigious part of the football world up here and there are some great former winners which can hopefully inspire me to push on at Newcastle.”
“I know there is a long way to go, but as long as I keep on learning and taking the good advice of the manager and experienced professionals, then hopefully I will get my chance.”
The other local lad whom Newcastle have high hopes for is 17 year-old red-head (ginger) Adam Campbell, who is a striker and was born in North Shields, and he won the 2011 Jack Hixon award.
And Pardew feels the two of them are Newcastle’s best young prospects:
“I thought we excelled actually to get to the quarter-finals.” “We were disappointed our young England boy didn’t play in Ginger – Adam Campbell – we have high hopes for him.”
“The outstanding player was Remie, there’s no doubt about that. I have high hopes for him too.” “He could be the one for us. Him and Ginger have the best chance.”
Newcastle are clear that they want to bring through local youngsters, and we have Shola and Sammy Ameobi,Fraser Forster, Steve Harper and Steven Taylor who are local lads, but none are starting in the first team at the moment, for various reasons.
It would be great to see Street and Campbell come through soon into the first team squad.