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.
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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