Newcastle United Academy graduate Adam Campbell made his premier league debut yesterday in front of over 50,000 Newcastle fans, and the lad got a warm welcome from the Geordie crowd, and Adam had a hand in the dramatic winner that Papiss Cisse slotted home after 92 minutes.
Adam Campbell congratulates Cisse at St. James’ Park yesterday
It seems like a still dazed Adam Campbell had this to say when interviewed on nufcTV after the game:
“To be honest with you, it hasn’t really sunk in yet.” “I was just sitting there in the dressing room before and one of the kit men was like ‘just think, you’ve just played in the Prem.’ It’s just hard to believe that I’ve actually made my debut in the Premiership.”
“I’d been told to get ready and keep warm and everything by Steve Harper, who’s been there and done that. He was keeping me right and telling me to go out and warm up and keep sharp and stuff like that. Then the gaffer turned round and told me that I was going on with five minutes left – and that’s what happened.”
“I felt like I was invisible for the first couple of minutes I was on – I was getting a bit worried I wasn’t going to get a touch.” “But it fell nicely and I looked up and Sylvain had found himself a lovely bit of space and did the rest. It was a great ball and Papiss just did what he does best to round off a memorable day.”
“You couldn’t have written it. It’s magic. It’s hard to explain it – I’m just lost for words, really.” “The manager did tell me to go and get warmed up and said that I was going to get on but obviously he had to bring Yohan (Cabaye) off because he was getting a bit tired and you’ve got to keep the vice-captain happy.”
“So I understood his decision and I respected it and today’s more than made up for it. Not only have I made my debut in the Prem but I made it at St. James’ in front of 50-odd thousand people and as you heard, they were flipping electric weren’t they?
“I’ve been coming here nearly 15 years now to watch all the games and everything, hearing them shouting for other people. The last time I heard them shout like that was when Andy Carroll used to come on as a sub, when he was first breaking through and they went absolutely nuts for him as well.
“Hopefully I’ll follow in his footsteps – but not leave.” “I think it’s always nice to see local lads come through, whether it’s me or Remie Streete or Sammy Ameobi or whoever it is. I think it just adds that bit more when it’s a youngster and a young local lad who’s been here and had the same joy and pain as they all have.”
“So I think it was nice for them as well as it was for me.” “I think she was quite happy with the present I got her this morning but I think that one’s just totally blown that out of the water.”
That was Adam’s second appearance for the Newcastle first team, his debut came against Atromitos last August, but he’s likely to get a few run-outs in the first team before the end of the season, with Newcastle having only three recognized out-and-out strikers in Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran, after Demba Ba was sold in January to Chelsea.
We expect Newcastle to bring in a striker and a center-half this summer to further bolster the Newcastle squad.
It was good to see Adam make his home debut for Newcastle yesterday – he seems a great lad.
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