Any youngster who is at Newcastle United these days knows that it they are good enough, by being impressive in training and keeping their heads down, they will have every chance to play in the Newcastle first team, and it doesn’t matter what age they are – if you are good enough you are old enough.
Adam Campbell – could get a game on Thursday
Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier and Gael Bigirimana are all in contention to start the game against Bordeaux on Thursday night, and it seems that 17 year-old Adam Campbell may come into the squad too.
Newcastle will continue to play an under-strength side in Europe to keep our best and more experienced players for the league games, but we noticed last night that Chelsea had just about their strongest side out when they demolished Danish side Nordsjaelland 4-0 in the Champions League.
And Manchester United are making sure they don’t field weak sides in Europe this season after the embarrassment of last season, when they were knocked out of the Champions League early, and dropped down to the Europa league, but were summarily knocked out of that league too.
But Alan Pardew seems confident about the ability of the youngsters who will play against Bordeaux tomorrow night:
“I am secure about them because I see what they do at the training ground.” “To me they aren’t young boys, they are professional footballers.” “I don’t look at people’s age I look at their quality.”
“I look at Adam Campbell and I don’t see much between him at 17 and Shola at 30. He’s at the level.” “It is now how he grows from here.”
“We haven’t got a big pool of strikers.” “But we have a real quality pool. You have to say that.” “Haris is in there and Sammy Ameobi has done very well too.” “That is our group now really.”
“They have to get in there and show they can step up.”
We need a win on Thursday night, and then we need to give a very account of ourselves on Sunday afternoon too – at home to Manchester United.
The two week International break is coming up after Sunday, and there’s nothing worse than having a bad result going into that break, and there’s nothing much better than having a win either.
We’ll take the win.
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