Tiny Little Guy Has Big Future At Newcastle

The two youngsters who seem to be head and shoulders above the other teenagers at Newcastle at the moment, are 19 year-old Gail Bigirimana, who made the England U20 squad for the World Cup in Turkey next month, and 18 year-old local striker Adam Campbell, who was born in North Shields.

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Adam Campbell – small striker has big future at Newcastle

Adam missed out tonight on playing in the finals of the European U19 tournament, although England won their game 3-0 against Scotland in Belgium, but Georgia’s 2-0 win over Belgium meant they win the group, and England did not qualify for the finals – Adam played the whole game for England.

Some of the Newcastle youngsters had some successful loan spells this year, and most are expected to head out again in August on loan deals, to get that very valuable first team experiences.

Alan Pardew seems to be a big believer in Adam Campbell, and he had this to say in the Shields Gazette on Wednesday:

“I look at that younger section, and although we’ve had some players do well on loan – Brad Inman, Fergie, Sammy – they still need to get more experience next year,” They could go out again.”

“I think the one who is really knocking on the door is Adam Campbell, and I would like to think he will be in and around the first team next year.” “He is only a tiny little guy but a bundle of energy and a bundle of quality as well.”

“I’ve been very careful to look after him this year, but if we can progress him then next season is a big year for him.”

For the record, Adam stands 5’5″ tall, but he still has time to grow a couple of inches and be the same height as the best player in the world – Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Adam became the youngest player ever to represent Newcastle in European competition, when he appeared at Atromitos in August as a sub after 77 minutes, and he has so far played 5 times for the Newcastle first team, including a late appearance in the final game of the season against Arsenal.

Hopes are very high for this local lad next term, and all he needs is a chance.

Let’s hope Alan Pardew gives him that chance, and early next season too.

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45 comments so far

  • do the hatem shake

    May 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #1

    since their is no real news go to the pictures and see fast ad furious six it is such a good action film and has a great ending if you are a fan of the series

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t you have to be 15 to see that hatem 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    May 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Just watched the Keegan interview on Sky.

    To hear him and Steve Harmison reminisce with such genuine passion for our club makes me very sad.

    To think we have ended up up with a cockney spiv who sets the team up to suit his own agenda and makes the whole club about him and his ego seems very unfair.

  • do the hatem shake

    May 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail for Ashley no its a 12A lol

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Get this lad out on loan ASAP!!! Don’t let him rot on the bench for another season!!!

  • Taking the Papiss

    May 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I have no idea whether ED has posted this today but the results of the end of season Chronicle NUFC survey are in and people were given 3 options in relation to Pardew – get rid, one more chance and keep. 56.3% voted for either to keep Pardew or given him another chance and therefore the majority of fans want him to stay according to the survey.

    I therefore hope that this puts two ridiclous myths to bed – 1) nobody wants Pardew to keep his job, 2) everyone in the ground no longer backs Pardew.

    I hope all those that keep banging on about him needing to get fired now will pipe down as, I am afraid, you are in the minority

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Taking the papiss
    That really doesn’t surprise me mate never got the impression at any of the games I went to this season that the crowd were after blood!

  • jimmysmith

    May 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    The new Ryan Gosling movie looks great.”Only God Forgives” the sequel to “Drive.” Never seen him in a bad movie.

    If you’re at a loose end during the close season, which blows by the way, despite the insults heaped upon injury of last season.

  • Taking the Papiss

    May 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    No but on this blog those two things have been said repeatedly.

    Someone told me that not one person in the ground still backs Pardew. For me its totally the opposite – I have heard very few people criticise him and want him out.

  • Taking the Papiss

    May 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #10
  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Jimmy

    Yeah it looks good m8, drive was awesome as well, he is also in Place Beyond The Pines which is meant to be great as well.

    . I can’t wait for the new Man Of Steel, just got my tickets for it yesterday.


  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Taking the papisse,
    Have you read the comments that follow it and a 43% want him sacked now with 27% prepared to give him a chance so looking at it another way that’s a massive 70% want him sacked if we dont start well next season.

  • beddersmag

    May 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Reading between the lines we are not getting a new striker. Or one in one out (shola)

  • Byker Boy

    May 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I really hope so but they said the same about small guys Paul Brayson, Michael Chopra Sean Murray, etc. etc.

  • Taking the Papiss

    May 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #15

    No, because that requires you to assume we won’t start next season well. I am in the give him 5-10 games camp and I currently want him to stay i.e. as of now 56% think Pardew should still be boss.

  • beddersmag

    May 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #16


    I reckon give him another chance would probably mean another season. Unless we are in the relegation zone by xmas i guess, which would effectively be the season written off again. Personally id be in the one last chance category and thats what id mean anyway. If your going to give him more time it would need to be that long imo

  • jimmysmith

    May 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Well I think the consensus view is that he is on borrowed time, as are 99% of football managers, although perhaps most, myself included would see him needing to have us reasonably placed by Christmas to save his skin.

    Although in reality, we’d probably have to be in the bottom 3 by then before the axe would actually fall.

    I really do keep being reminded by a string of poor decisions and the consequences of them, that Ash does seem to keep blundering along as far as we’re concerned.

    That 7 year contract, now being the catalyst, hopeless.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #18

    I think he should be given six games if he doesn’t manage a win and Ashley keeps him he’s a stubborn fool.

  • jimmysmith

    May 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Adam Campbell is 5 foot 5, really the odds are stacked way against him unless he’s a really special talent and if he was, he surely wouldn’t have been cut from an England under twenties squad.

    Really, he shouldn’t be talked of in this way till he has shown with some consistency at first team level.

    Ed seems to like him though, and I can see how it makes a good story.

  • Thump

    May 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d like to see him loaned out. For all he seems to have the ability and potential, he’s still very rough around the edges. As Sir Bobby said “young lads can run all day but the problem is teaching them when, and most importantly where, to run”. He doesn’t seem to inspire confidence in his team mates, either. When he’s on the pitch, it’s almost like he’s completely overlooked by the seniors until the ball falls to his feet for a quick pass.

  • Sazzer

    May 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #21

    I feel Campbell might be our Bojan rather than Messi. Sadly.

  • Jamiemac

    May 30, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Jeez Ruddy’s been taking some unnecessary stick tonight. What’s the point of getting aggressive over somebody’s opinion on a blog.. *sigh*

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 30, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #23


    I posted this link earlier today of that massive end of season review with the chronny. I didn’t get alot of feedback.

    I’v said all along to not take this website as gospel on how the geordie ppl, fans who attend games, surrounding support whatever view this whole situation.

    There has been a hatred campaign since November against the manager, and manager only on here. When the blame blame lies from top to bottom for the course of last season.

    Living in the area, it couldn’t be anymore different. With the supporters I know anyway. We are grounded.

    Obviously opinions vary, but when your reading 200-400 posts a day on a blog with pure bile spitting hatred opinions can vary and can lead you to take course and action. Therefore taking opinion to the next level

  • SeanNufc87

    May 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #24

    A lot of the lads have hushed up who were just constantly screaming for pardews head, now the fog has cleared from last season people seem to be a bit calmer on here. Hopefully by the time july roles around we can start looking forward to next season and HOPEFULLY discuss our great new signings

  • remember69

    May 30, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #25

    “Have you read the comments that follow it and a 43% want him sacked now with 27% prepared to give him a chance so looking at it another way that’s a massive 70% want him sacked if we dont start well next season.”
    Doesn’t that just mean that 70% of those who feel strongly enough to comment are unhappy? I don’t believe this includes a cross section of all fans so I would question the validity of your argument.

    In any case AP is going to be around for the foreseeable future so I’m hoping we can all pull together and get behind our (entire) team.

  • davis_toons

    May 30, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #26

    …the more I think about it, we should never ask to sack Alan Pardew mid way through the season.

    Because its the 2nd half of next season that counts. It is when most arrived players have got a season with the team.

    It might be premature to sack Pardew mid term if he did not do well. (Unless we are seeing the same kind of football with the same kind of results)

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 30, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ve always said my problem with Pardew is not the results but the performances. If there were any kind of discernable improvement than I wouldn’t have any problem with him. Any sign that he was trying to stop the team from just slashing it away as if terrified. Just the odd variety in set piece rather than clipped with backspin to the far post.

    I wouldn’t mind him if the team showed any sign of increasing cohesion but they still look like utter strangers without any type of game plan whatsoever.

    What is Pardew’s game plan? Does anyone know? All I can see is people lumping the ball away from our box and then HOPING that Cisse/ Ben Arfa/ Cabaye do something special to get us points.

    Tiote and Jonas- why are they never dropped? They have been awful this season. Tiote especially, all he contributed to the team was yellow cards and silly fouls.

    I have not said he should go until a few weeks ago when I realised how long he’s been manager and they still look like a team who haven’t got used to the new manager yet.

  • davis_toons

    May 30, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #28

    As much as i and manay would like a better proven manager to be given this massive chance of long term stabilities at Newcastle.

    Alan was the one chosen. He have been with us for awhile now. (2nd longest serving manager in the league)

    I put it that
    1. He totally understand the Owner’s direction.

    2. He totally understand the youth team setup and players (youth system)

    3. He understand what he needs in terms of coaches to improve the team which he lack off. (e.g. AVB hired/ requested for another Coach to help out with training/ tactics matters or such to free-up his assistance coach)

    4. He is the person that sign/ agrees on players coming in. (He watches and agrees with the players that are listed by Carr before signing them)

    Therefore, i do not want Pardew to be sack mid-term.
    There are some excuse for this season but performance or results have to improve by next season.

    With a capable manager, the current group of players surely can play football and would be able to obtained the target of min top 10 – 12.

    There are so many things that Pardew needs to improve on that have already mention on this blog.

    Apart from …

    Pardew: “We need a 6 foot 5 to score goals from set-pieces/ corner.”

    Pardew: “We didn’t add to our 1 goal lead because we didn’t score from any set-pieces/ corner.”

    Fans: It is more than that, Alan. (just look at that the set-pieces and corner every week, not surprisingly its always the same old trick)

    Even if we bring in one of the tallest NBA basketball players Yeo Ming we will still not score. Even though he might get the 1st ball, but still there are no support once the ball drop to the ground.

    (Its kinda of like changing the ingredients but not the chief/cook) Changing all the players will still not work unless you realise that you have to change as well.

    Bring in more new ideas to the team and get working on it.

  • Assam Toon

    May 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Wasnt very impressed with what I saw of Campbell. the guy is stocky and moves more like an opportunist midfielder than a striker. he was almost comfortable with the ball but plays it too safe. he is only 18, but i wouldnt be soft because of that, because most of them burst into scene by the time they were 18.
    samuel ameobi, for example, was exciting…was brave enough to take on defenders, showed willingness. shane fergie is a real talent at crosses.
    he is a decent player, campbell, but from the little i saw i couldnt figure out his strengths.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Interesting to see more from Laudrup on the BBC today. After saying that he doesn’t have a big enough squad for next season (after he previously said you didn’t need one, just good management), now he says to finish higher then 9th for Swansea would take investment of around 200million….. I think for an investment of 200million you should be looking a touch higher than top 8!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #31

    You need to watch him more then. He is a much better player then Sammi. Give him time, he was coming off the bench not in his normal role, and was largely ignored by his teammates, who were either protecting him, or lack confidence in him. He needs a loan next season, not playing every now and then from the bench for us. Loan till Jan, and reassess from there. If he doesn’t go on loan, we could well be ruining another bright prospect that has come through the ranks.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 30, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #32

    What I have seen (briefly) of Campbell I think he needs to go out on loan for half/full season.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #33

    I’d agree, most likely a full season, but if we could have an agreement whereby he can be recalled in Jan if we feel he could contribute regularly at first team then I think that would be ideal for him, and for us.

  • Assam Toon

    May 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Lilongwe, i am not saying sammy’s better than campbell. its just that sammy was keen to attack the opportunity he got. but yes, i agree, the seniors didnt seem very keen on bringing adam into the play, when he did come on.
    but i have my reservations about loaning out players. clubs should balance the kid’s need for 1st team football with the club’s ability and willingness to polish a raw diamond.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 30, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Jack Laidlaw from Newcastle added: “They’ve lowered expectations to the point where people are happy to give a clearly failing manager more time under the guise of ‘stability’.

    “I do appreciate the recent transfer dealings and, contrary to what some would have you believe, we’re not a selling club.

    “But their main area of weakness is in terrible managerial appointments, including that of Pardew

  • Rotonda heights

    May 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #36


    We’re not calmer. No one can disguise the fact we have a total dud as a manager but we’re just now kind of resigned to it. I think sluggish ST sales show that.

    A bit like poor old Stoke. They finally get rid of Pulis and his awful anti-football (like Pardew) and appoint another British long ball relic in Hughes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Are you Nicholas Dryden, or do you just copy and paste his posts.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Agree and Agree with your Sammi assessment to me he has ability but needs to learn a lot – tends to beat one player then he wants to beat another and another instead of picking out a pass. He needs another season on loan and hopefully learns

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #39

    We have stifled so many youngsters by keeping them in our development squad and giving them bench time with 5 mins here and their.

    It is no surprise to me, that the most successful youth product we have had in 10-15 years, Carroll, spent 6 months on loan when he was 18/19. He had an awful time there, but learnt and developed by playing. Other recent youth successes, Krul and Forster, both spent plenty of time on loan before graduating to first team duties.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Agree got to go out on loan to get first team experience what ever level because the reserve leagues are not what they use to be.
    In the Ye Olde days many a first team player use to play reserve matches to get fit after injury or just keep them fit and ready for first team duty so the juniors/youngsters were mixing with seasoned pros unlike today where teams are frightened to play first team players incase they get injured or spit the dummy out


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