Newcastle have a rough diamond in former Wallsend Boys Club striker 17 year-old Adam Campbell, and last night, although Newcastle were beaten 3-0 in the final of the Youth Cup against Desportivo Brazil at the Ballymena Showgrounds in Northern Ireland, Adam was named the Player of the Tournament, after he notched six goals this week.
Adam Campbell - watch out for this top youngster
He looks like Paul Scholes just a little bit
The news today is that scouts from Manchester United are watching the youngster, who is a prolific goalscorer, and we did a piece on him when he was just 16 years old, about eighteen months ago.
Adam was born in North Shields and joined Newcastle United back in 2002 when he was a 7 year old – they scout them very young these days – that’s for sure.
And moneybags Manchester City are also said to be watching the youngster, who is already an England U17 International, and this lad is very good, make no mistake about that, and Alan Pardew may well decide to fast-track this lad through the Development squad, in the next season or two.
Two years ago in the Manchester United Premier Cup, Adam was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) by coaches of other clubs, and that award was previously won by the likes of Carlos Tévez, Andreas Iniesta and Fernando Torres – all turned out to be world class players.
Adam also ended up as the joint top goalscorer in that tournament two years ago, with 6 goals, and of course he has just been voted the Player of the Milk Cup (Premier section), which was held in Northern Ireland.
Adam was watched last night by Alan Pardew and Peter Beardsley, and it’s an open question as to how Alan will handle this lad, who turns 18 next January – but Alan has shown he is just great with the youngsters,. amnd seems to know exactly what thue need at different stages in their development.
It was also an excellent sign by Alan and Peter to be at the game last night, because it lets the youngsters know they are very important to the future of Newcastle United.
But this lad seems a top top talent at Newcastle, and could become a top player – and for Newcastle by the way – in the next few years, because he’s going nowhere.
Alan Pardew even has the option of sending him out on loan in the upcoming season too.
And with it being so difficult for Newcastle to get their top targets in this summer, a good way to build up the squad is to bring the locals lads through, like Adam and Remie Streete, who is another top class 17 year-old center-back, born in South Shields.
And the other way is bring in other top players like Gael Bigirimana and Mehdi Abeid, when they are still young and then develop them on Tyneside – and both these lads have been impressive in pre-season.
What do you think?