17 year-old Adam Campbell played very well in his short cameo appearance for Newcastle at Cardiff nine days ago, and since then he scored a goal for the Newcastle second team in mid-week, and then on Saturday scored a first half hat-trick in the Newcastle U21 side’s 6-4 win against Tottenham, just in case Alan Pardew had forgotten about him.
Adam Campbell – in action for U18s last season
And Alan has hinted today that he may take the young local lad to Athens, Greece for the game on Thursday evening against Atromitos FC.
The North Shields-born striker is one of the very best up and coming players on Newcastle’s books, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he makes the break-through into the first team squad this season, although the current strategy is to give him games in the Newcastle U21 side, who play in the new U21 Premier League.
And as we mentioned over the weekend, if he plays on Thursday evening in Athens, he would become the youngest ever player to play in Europe for the club, edging out a certain Andrew Carroll, who did that six years ago in the 1-0 win at Palermo, a game that saw Tim Krul make his first team debut in – and the goalkeeper was the man of the match.
Alan Pardew was asked about Adam today by the local press:
“Adam will be in the Under-21s side – we’ll field a strong team. Gael Bigirimana will play, Haris Vuckic will play, and so will James Tavernier.” “I need them to play, as I might need them this week.” “I just don’t know.”
“We know exactly what we’re doing.” “We’ve got it well planned, and we’ll try to get the rest for the guys who play on Thursday so they can play on Saturday.”
It looks like Alan will only take about half of his starting side from Saturday to Greece for the game on Thursday night, and the coaches are keen that the lads rest up for a couple of days before the Thursday night game, as we have a really tough game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea looked good in their 2-0 win at Wigan yesterday, and scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the game, and it will be another tough test for Newcastle in London on Saturday.
We’d love to see Adam get a run out in Athens on Thursday night, and that is more likely if Shola Ameobi is not fit, and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if he scores in the game.
But whatever side Newcastle put out, the next two games are both vital ones for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!