Breakthrough Season For These Two Newcastle Teenagers?

There’s no doubt that two of Newcastle top youngsters at the moment are 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana and 18 year-old local lad Adam Campbell.

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Gael Bigirimana – after scoring great goal against Wigan

Gael was signed from Coventry a year ago for £1M, and he made an impressive 25 appearances for Newcastle last season with one terrific goal against Wigan.

And Adam Campbell became the youngest player to ever play in Europe for Newcastle, when he came on as a sub at Atromitos last August, and Alan Pardew had him on the bench for the last few games of  the season, and he made 5 appearances for the side in total last season.

One reason James Perch was sold earlier this week to Wigan was because Gael can play very well in defensive midfield, and the England U20 International will be pushing for a starting place next season, as he continues to learn the ropes quickly on Tyneside.

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Adam Campbell – small in stature but could become big player

And Adam Campbell was impressive in training last season, and certainly manager Alan Pardew has high hopes for the North Shields born teenager, and Adam should get a lot more first team appearances next season.

With his quickness, skill and eye for goal, Campbell will give Newcastle another option up front next season, and that’s what we need, as we found it difficult to score goals last season, after Demba Ba had left in January.

Here’s Bigi’s great goal against Wigan at St. James’ Park last season, just to remind us of how good this lad can become.

If Newcastle are to do well next season, then we’ll need to see both teenagers coming though big time on Tyneside.

What do you think?

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144 comments so far

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Friend just texted me.He said there is a man of african descent with pointy hair and about 6 foot.He cant get any closer but will give me more updates soon.Stay tuned lads.

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    jeff thats either sammio amedonkey.bony or ideye

  • Tommyy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Jeff aren’t you from another country?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    For a 13 year old who lives in India you sure have a lot of connections…….
    Do they just hang around benton

  • ToonDanno

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Torq- exactly. Everyone is ‘I want’ ATM without actually thinking anything through. We’re only 3-4 players off a great squad. And everything running smoothly mate 🙂

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry didnot finish the sentence.He said there is a man of african descent with pointy hair and about 6 foot AT HIS SCHOOL. HE SAID HE LOOKED LIKE BONY

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Despite the train wreck which is JFK and the incompetence and stubborness of Pardew, Carr has assembled quite an amazing team really.

    We actually don’t need that many players to come in other than a striker.


    Santon / Haidara

    Anita / Tiote / Bigi


    Benny / Marveaux
    Cisse / Campbell
    Remy??? / Goofy

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8



  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9


    You’ve been sussed buddy!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Ahhh jeff in gutted, I was waiting for your dad to receive a personal confirmation from pardew again

    Said when linked altidore is a terrible player, he was shocking for wolves, he’s slow and he looks like he struggles with his weight!! Last thing we need is another chunker!

  • Tommyy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Jeff come on. It’s embarrassing to read.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Do you and the other itk from india, JAMSHA share a source??

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13


    yea haha.just asked my pap.he got nothing from pardew although he has sent pardew a few email Mr pardew said he would read tomorow once he return from training

  • Tommyy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Tooarmydownsouth – Good job your opinion doesn’t matter then! He played for Hull, was very young and not ready for premier league football. He’s actually pretty quick and has improved immensely since then. I’d take him, he’s quick enough, powerful, direct and causes a hefty nuisance to defenders and can finish.


    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Bloody Hell Jeff !

    Nelson Mandela is in Newcastle ?

    What a Miracle ! I dreamt once i saw Messi reach the promised Land ?

    Lets keep all this realistic lads !

    It may be Darren Bent with his bodyguard, visiting the town ?

  • IITianToon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Olivier Kemen has pointy hair too.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Douglas to PSV

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Lol yeah hull even, didn’t they cancel his loan in the end?
    He’s only ever had any form of scoring record for AZ and has bombed at every other club
    Don’t think he’s quick at all, reckon he’ll fold again in the PL

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19


    Dutch Football ?@DutchftLeague 1m
    According to de Telegraaf: Norwich City have showed interest in signing Ajax defender Alderweireld. #ajax #ncfc

  • bills-son

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotunda – Carr has assembled quite an amazing team. I take you mean Carr and nobody else?

    So, Ashley who forked out the money and set the policy of buying young players near the end of their contracts for buttons, Llambias who negotiated the contracts and Pardew who sold the club to the players had nowt to do with the signings?

    If you believe it is all down to Carr and Carr alone it just shows how biased your opinion is against Ashley and Pardew. They get blamed for everything and get credit for nothing.

  • thai-mag

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21

    does anyone know how long JoKe is on holiday for

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    thai-mag he is back in three days time.

  • geordie157

    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    I think Bigi has what it takes to go on and have a very good career at the top level. Campbell hopefully to but like most I’ve not seen much of him.

    For me the big season rule applies to most of the squad, but in terms of the younger players its Vuckic I feel needs to stay injury free and turn that word potential into the real deal. I’d personally get him watching videos of Lampard as I think he’s got similar attributes (no pressure then).

  • bills-son

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotunda – as for the great squad assembled by Carr. … Apart from Tiote not one of them has a physical presence and not one of them is a leader on the pitch. Good players, but imo the squad is distinvtly unbalanced for the rigours of the Prem.

    Imo that is one of the reasons Kinnear has been brought in. Pardew wants some backbone in the squad but Carr apparently continues to recommend players who may be skilful but just add to the powderpuff part of the squad. Anita and Amaltifino are classic examples.

    If Kinnear sorts this out he will have earned his money and proven his worth.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    I would send both of them on loan in the Championship next season!

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    So we have

    Man U
    Man City




    West Ham

    also strengthening intensely. anyone else im forgetting

  • Fostino

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    got the a few weeks ago and is already on holiday in what is supposed to be the window to bring in players for the new season……what a joke of a man. he is turning us into a laughing stock. getting rid of perch, a decent backup english player for peanuts was folly..

  • jeff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    west brom picking up anelka. villa making great signings. cardiff and hull doing some spending… crystal palace will be last. stoke changing their style. then we have fulham and newcastle doing nothing. kinda scared

  • geordie157

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29


    that’s the worrying thing, the teams from 7th/8th down to 15th are all busy and strengthening well.

  • Spuggy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #30

    How can joke be on holiday when the whole purpose of him being here is to recruit players??!??!? Madness.

    Mind you he’s probably picking up the phone to arsene as we speak.


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    The wait continues…

    If we were instructed with top coaching methods we could really see who fits where and what is needed, as I don’t think we’re anywhere near the ability collectively as those players should be playing.

    It is simple footballing principles interlinking between players and involving lots of calculated movement. Movement which is of a positive nature.

    We don’t see it. Game upon game I see the same things. Stationary players reacting to what has already happened, not anticipating their teammates’ actions.

    That should be drilled into those players every day. If they’re not doing it, you continue showing them until they’re performing it confidently and effectively.

    How can we work on ball retention when Pardew is practicing the panic defending which we see week in week out? If you’re not developing this during the week, you have no hope on game day.

    The same disjointedness was there when we finished fifth, so this isn’t something which has just happened last year. It was more of the same, just without the points.

    Whatever is happening in training, matchday is showing something is massively wrong with our coaching.

  • Spuggy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #32

    So with harps, Simmo and perchinho out we need a gk, LB, on top of the 2x striker (we wanted one on top of ba remember) and winger.

    5 players. Hmmm.

  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Guys, Campbell is not good enough, he need to go out on loan for a season.

  • Spuggy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    I meant RB of course.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    Good coaching can make average players look good and bad coaching can make good players seem average.

  • Spuggy

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #36

    IMO we need in priority order:

    1. Striker
    2. Winger
    3. Goalscoring ACM (backup striker)
    4. RB cover
    5. Gk cover

    Anyone agree or disagree?

  • toon22

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #37

    It seems they are going to let the kids have a chance,imo a good thing.As if the ydont they might as well just get rid.Perch was a squad player so shouldnt bigi do some of what he used to do or others step in?
    As for the club saying nothing especially AP i think its the right thing to do.We might not like it but we need the media to leave us alone imo.

    As for JK i hope he keeps sprouting the drivel he usually spouts.It means the attention isnt on the team,maybe for the first time in decades we can have a pre season where they can actually focus on getting the team sorted.Even if that means with who we have.

  • geordie157

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    I liked Perchy but we have Bigi, Anita who can get more games now in the middle.

    Be interesting which youngsters can force their way into the team. Although Sammy and Tav definitely need to be loaned out.

  • geordie157

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #39

    Siem De Jong

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #40

    i think it’s looking quite obvious that MA & co don’t wan’t to bring in players, we’ve heard nothing from no body except from JFK and we all know how much BS comes out of his mouth, look at it this way and lets few the squad……

    GK – Krull, Elliot, Alnwick
    RB – R.Taylor ( injured ) Debuchy
    LB – Santon, Haidara
    CB – Colo, S.Taylor, Willo, MYM
    CM – Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, Bigi, Gosling, Sissoko
    Wings – HBA, Marv, Obertan, Jonas, Sammy, Fergy
    AMC – Cabaye, Sissoko, HBA, Marv, Vuckic
    STK – Cisse, Shola, Campbell, Goofy

    MA will see this team and think he will only need a RB considering Raylor is out all this season.


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