One of the things Newcastle have tried to do since Mike Ashley arrived in 2007, is to bring through youngsters from the Academy, but the hard truth is Newcastle have not been too successful at it up to now, and no youngster who has been through the Academy recently is a first team regular – unless you count Steven Taylor in that class – but he made his debut nine years ago under the great Bobby Robson.
Adam Campbell in action on Sunday
Tim Krul is probably the best example, but he arrived in the summer of 2005 when Graeme Souness was manager, and Tim was just 17 years old and is now the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
But one lad who could be a big future star at Newcastle is 18 year-old striker Adam Campbell, and this lad works his socks off in training, and seems to have an excellent attitude and temperament.
This is what Adam said in the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“It’s nice to know the manager is going to give you a chance if he can.” “If he thinks you are good enough, he will. It makes you want to work harder so that he can’t not play you really. It gives everybody a lift.”
“Not just me, everybody in the Academy and reserves knows if they work hard enough then the manager will give you your chance and you will get in there.” “With the manager we have and the coaches then the next few years could be exciting.”
“You know all the ins and outs of the history of the club.” “But it is good to see the kids acting them out – especially the Kevin Keegan ‘I’d love it’ moment.” “When I first started watching Newcastle we had a great team.”
“Nobby Solano, Alan Shearer, Clarence Acuna, Laurent Robert and people like that. I’ve obviously seen the videos of beating Man United 5-0.” “But I think my greatest memories of watching Newcastle was when Sir Bobby Robson was manager we played in the Champions League.”
“I’ll never forget the Feyenoord game when we won 3-2 in the last minute.” “The 8-0 v Sheffield Wednedsay is all in there too. My very first match away from home was when Alan Shearer scored a couple and I was actually mascot that game.”
“That was my first football away game and it was brilliant.” “I have had a taste for it ever since.”
Bobby Robson took over as the Newcastle manager in September of 1999, after Ruud Gullit had been fired, following a loss at home to Sunderland 2-1 in pouring rain.
Alan Shearer had started that game on the bench, and Bobby’s first home game was against bottom of the table Sheffield Wednesday – and it was a real 6 pointer because we at the time were second bottom.
It was 5-0 at half time and we finally won 8-0 – although Booby after the game misspoke when he said:
“Well we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”
And by the way Alan Shearer scored five in that game.
Adam Campbell has a great chance to come through to the first team next season, and he could even add to the two first team appearances he has already made for Newcastle, before the end of the season.
But it’s really up to Adam to keep working hard and keep his head down, and he could have a big future at Newcastle.
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