17 year-old Adam Campbell was showing what he can do again last Saturday, when he scored a hat trick in the first 33 minutes of the U21 game against Tottenham Hotspur at Benton, and he looked really impressive, as he did for the Newcastle first team at Cardiff a week last Saturday.
Adam Campbell in action against Tottenham for U21s on Saturday
Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand, who played for Newcastle from 1995 until 1997 and in 84 appearances scored 50 goals for the Magpies, and Sir Les was brought in to replace Andy Cole, who was sold to Manchester United for £7M in January of 1995.
And Ferdinand was at the game on Saturday, as he is still a striker coach at Tottenham, and he was also at the U21 game on Saturday, and seemed to be extremely impressed with Newcastle’s young 17 year-old striker Adam Campbell, who was the Man of the Match for the U21s, and Adam may be ion the plane to Athens tomorrow.
As we’ve said before, Adam reminds us of a young Michael Owen back in 1997, and he has terrific speed, and if he can come through like Michael did in that first season, Newcastle will have their fourth striker, and he’s already on the books.
This is what Sir Les said about the North Shields-born youngster:
“I spoke to Peter about him at the end and we talked about what a prospect he is.” “We talked about what a good attitude he had. If he continues the way he is going he will only get better.”
“He was very sharp and showed he had great pace. Maybe he’ll grow a bit more, but he’s an exciting player.” “I spoke to Peter Beardsley after the game and he said ‘It’s just like the Entertainers!’
Peter Beardsley talked about the poor defending in the game, and at one point Newcastle were 6-1 up but conceded some late goals over the last 25 minutes of the game.
This is what Peter said:
“Most of the goals came from defensive mistakes and we were punished each time. ” “People talk about the Under-21 league and how it will all work. But for me it isn’t about the results, it is about developing youngsters, that’s the most important thing.”
And Adam admitted it was nice to get a hat-trick in front of the watching Alan Pardew, who was checking on a number of his top youngsters who were playing in the game:
“It’s just an added bonus really.” “A hat-trick is great whenever you get it, but when the manager’s watching it’s even better.” “Pre-season’s all been building up to the first game of the season, whether it was the under-18s, Reserves or first-team, and we played well.”
“We created a lot of chances and ended up winning against a good team.” “It’s ridiculous how good people like Mehdi, Bigi, Haris, Brad and Conor Newton are.” “All the Reserve team are absolutely brilliant players and when you’re getting service like that, it’s pretty hard to miss to be honest with you.”
“Last season I don’t think I started a single Reserve game – maybe one or two at the most – then when I came on against Cardiff, everyone on Twitter was like ‘he’s going to be a first-teamer’ and all that!” “I like it when people talk like that, but for me it’s all about getting in the Reserve team and getting a few goals, like I did on Saturday.”
Adam stands the same height as Vurnon Anita, at 5ft 6in, but the best player in the world is only 5’7″, and Lionel Messi doesn’t do too bad in front of goal either.
Alan Pardew must have been impressed with Adam’s performance, and the local lad could be on the plane to Athens tomorrow morning, and who knows he could get some playing time on Thursday night against Atromitos, and he could even score.
What do you think about this youngster?
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