North Shields born 5’7″ striker Adam Campbell is on the plane to Moscow today, and after a knee injury in mid-season he is now starting to show Alan Pardew just what he can do, and he has been impressive training recently with the Newcastle first team.
Adam Campbell in training (?) at Benton
Adam has only one first team appearance for Newcastle so far, and that was last August against Atromitos in the Europa League, and he would probably have played more but for the knee injury this season.
But Adam has high ambitions to become a starter at his home town club, and he has still scored 8 goals in 10 U21 appearances for Newcastle this season – not too bad at all.
Adam turned 18 years old on January 1st, and he had this to say today in the Evening Chronicle:
“The injury earlier this season hindered my stride a bit.” “I’m looking to get back into it now and get a few bench appearances, maybe get on the pitch a few times.” “Towards the end of the season I want to push on.”
“Then I can kick-start myself for next season.” “Then I will have a good platform to work from.” “Hopefully I’ll make the trip. (he’s on the plane) “But it is more important that we get the result there.” “It’s not about me being selfish and saying I want to play.”
“We have the players to mix around now, so I’m pretty sure we have a good squad.” “There are a lot of players who can play in different positions.” “Yoan Gouffran can play there, Moussa can hold the ball up too.”
“On paper it looks like third choice but I know I have a lot of work to do to get myself in there.”
Newcastle have let three strikers go recently – Spanish U21 International Xisco finally left the club in January, and joined Spanish second division club Cordoba, and we got his £50K/week wages off the wage bill.
And then the sad case of Nile Ranger having his contract ended with Newcastle by mutual consent, and 20 year-old Sammy Ameobi is off to Middlesbrough for the rest of the season, and the 20 year-old seems to have made a decent start in his first two games at the Riverside.
Adam Campbell could therefore get some first team playing time before the end of the season, and the word on this lad is he is a real professional, and his attitude and temperament are simply first class – and it’s these kinds of traits in youngsters who usually en up making it big time in the game of football – especially when you have the undeniable skills of an Adam Campbell.
We still remember Campbell’s late cameo appearance at Cardiff City in pre-season, where he looked unbelievably quick and caused the Cardiff defense all kinds of trouble in those short 10 minutes he was on the field.
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