We think the two most promising youngsters at Newcastle right now are 18 year-old local lad Adam Campbell, and 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who was brought in from Coventry City last summer for £1M, and he played 25 times for Newcastle last season.
Adam Campbell – could come through big time next season
Mike Ashley started the latest youth drive back in January of 2008, just six months after buying the club, but after over five years now, Newcastle have precious little to show for it, with not one youngster having broken through to become a first team regular.
Shane Ferguson has played 32 times for the first team over the last two and a half years, and Sammy Ameobi has made 28 appearances so far, and they’ve probably been the most successful youngsters over the last two years.
But last year Gael Bigirimana already looked a very capable defensive midfielder when he played in the first team, and he’s currently with the England U20 side preparing for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, that starts later this month.
Adam Campbell has played for a lot of the England sides including the U19 side that recently failed to qualify for the European U19 Championships, and Adam also narrowly missed out on the 21 man England U20 squad, after being named with Gale in the provisional squad.
We expect these two lads to be given their chance next season, and they are unlikely to be sent out on loan, as they challenge for first team football at Newcastle.
And for the Newcastle Youth Academy we need to see some of our youngsters break through to the Newcastle first team, and hopefully that will be true next year at this time.
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