Newcastle Already Have Top Young Striker On Their Books

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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23 comments so far

  • nufcjohn

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    phil dowd has been appointed referee for the game CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE

  • Lalas 2012

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Why is everyone so content on heaping pressure on this lad….

  • nufcjohn

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote has backed Bigirimana to fill his boots at atromitos

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Has Les Ferdinand been Knighted or something or what’s with the Sir Les? 😉

    …and Shearer just gets to be called Big Al 😉 lol

  • dmac

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Im ridiculously optimistic about how bright i think Adams future is. Would love to see him play and score thursday.

    Pardew has a knack of bringing through young players such as the ox at southampton.

  • dmac

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Sir Les was always sir Les during his time here! For services rendered to newcastle utd.

  • magpiemover

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    any body that wants to book on the coach for chelsea away can book on 07858653200 £35 pounds on coach or follow toon travel 2 on twitter

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    So he’s Sir Les because of two season’s here at the Toon?

  • VanToonMan

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Guys…with Ba and Cisse both having to play forward roles…this is the only formation I think we could do…thoughts guys? (Maybe Anita for Jonas but after his performance on Saturday Jonas can’t be dropped at this stage)




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  • dembademba

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    was at the match, against cardiff, he was our best player n told him that afterwards when he was signin autographs and he loved it. 🙂

    he does seem very grounded tbf but yeah we should be wary of heaping too much pressure on him

  • ArtyH

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Thought sir Les got his title while at QPR?

  • DaveD1000

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    “Sir Les” MBE in honours list in 2005

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I googled it and ArtyH is right; “Sir Les” was a Moniker given to him by the QPR fans 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14


    Thanks I can sleep at night now!

  • dmac

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Yea i dont suppose i made that very clear. It was a title that came with the transfer almost haha and one which we fans stuck too as it fit him well.

    He was also as mentioned given an mbe in 2005 but a long time after the name started.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    The Sir Moniker pre-dates the MBE in 2005 and Les Ferdinand is not knighted 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    But we shall call him “Sir Les” non the less 😉 lol

  • one Tony Green

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    The lad sounds like he can play it is about time we started bringing some the fringe players into contention Brad Inman scores for fun from midfield and is a great box to box player.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    i dont see it as pressure more “encouragement”
    the lad loves it and it spurs him on to do better believing he will be in the 1st team which is fine by me as we will need a confident striker this season no matter what his age.

    as long as the fans do not get on his back if he does have bad games (which he will eventually)

  • Szarka

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Cant wait too much from a 17 old kid, he can get matches, but wont be a good cover for Ba or Cissé. The club still need a talented 3rd-4th choice striker next to Shola. A 21-23 years old player would be good, with at least one full season behing him.

  • Made a ma beed

    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #21

    @ 2 and @ 20. Totally agree with both statements!


    Aug 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    When i read articles from people saying we dont need a striker we have Adam Campbell or a centre back we have Perch or a rb we have Tavernier i am shocked that people feel these are good enough or ready to play a full season at top flight when the reality is there not.

    Last year in my opinion we missed out on champ league qual because we failed to buy a first team centre half.It looks as if we have not learned the lesson.

    We still need a cb,striker and fb to have a decent squad,god help us if we are not as lucky with injuries as last year.

    We have a great spine if only MA would complete the rest of the squad.

  • Millen94

    Aug 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Adam Campbell has just updated his Blackberry Messenger Status saying that he’s “in squad for thursday Europa League game, buzzing”


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