Adam Campbell has been interviewed on nufcTV after his super performance over just nine minutes, at the end of the 4-1 defeat at Cardiff City yesterday afternoon, and Alan Pardew has already said that Adam’s performance was the best thing about the game yesterday.
Adam Campbell – looked great yesterday
And we remember watching a young 17 year-old Liverpool player, who had much the same build as Adam, and was also very quick just like Adam, and that was a young Micahel Owen.
Michael made his breakthrough in that season and ended up playing alongside a certain Alan Shearer in the World Cup in France in the summer of 1998, and he had an outstanding tournament and scored an unbelievable goal in the defeat to Argentina in the quarter finals.
So perhaps we have a new Michael Owen at Newcastle - but home grown.
After the game a delighted Campbell tweeeted this after his terrific performance yesterday:
“Can’t even begin to explain what today has meant to me, I’ve lived my dream and loved every second of it #nufc”
And a shy looking Adam was interviewed following the game by nufcTV and this is some of what he had to say to Rob Scanlon:
“It’s definitely what dreams are made of isn’t it, coming on for your local team.” ”Some people may say this was a nothing friendly but for me I’ve lived my dream and that’s what it means to me” “To be fair it wouldn’t have mattered if I had got on or not, but to play pretty much with with my idols, it’s amazing and I am really happy.”
“It’s a new experience for me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and all the lads have been spot on with me and made me feel very welcome, Steven Taylor, Shola and Danny Simpson – especially Steven and Shola who know what it’s like coming through.”
“As long as I’ve been dreaming it, my Mam and Dad have been dreaming it as well, so it was great for them to see me play.” ”I couldn’t sleep at all last night and I couldn’t get comfortable at all, and everything seems to be falling into place nicely.”
“In no way am I expecting to be in and around the first team next season, and I want to get in and start most of the Reserve team games and maybe a little bit of the first team, but if I’m not involved I’m happy enough, I’m a happy man.”
And of course it’s not surprising that U-18 manager Dave Watson and Academy manager Steve Joyce are pleased the way Adam has come through to play for the Newcastle first team, and Watson had this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:
“I’m delighted for the lad. He’s worked hard and he deserves it.” ”He’s a great trainer who gives 100 per cent in every session and every match, and he’s very talented as well.”
“It goes to show, if you keep on working hard you will get recognised and it’s really good that the manager has given him this experience to play for the first-team.”
Adam has been the Talk of the Toon since his appearance yesterday, and if you have a subscription to nufcTV they have the highlights up there and they show just how good the 17 year-old North Shields born youngster looked in those final minutes of the game at Cardiff.
We may have a new Michael Owen on our hands, and that’s when Michael was world-class.