17 year-old Callum Roberts was included in the Newcastle squad for the game against QPR on Saturday, but he didn’t make the bench, but it was a chance for manager Alan Pardew to show Callum what its like to be part of the first team squad at Newcastle.
Callum Roberts – 17 year-old South Shields born winger
Not sure where Callum was born because in the local press they say North Shields, but in his bio on the Newcastle web-site it says he was born in South Shields on 17th April, 1997.
But Callum has been very impressive playing for the Newcastle U21 side, and he deserved his promotion to the first team squad if only for one game.
Alan Pardew has talked today on nufcTV about the very skilful winger:
“I do like him. He has tremendous technique and ability.¨ “He’s a player that wouldn’t be included normally, because he’s in the preparation phase.¨
¨He’s still got another year at the Academy – and he’s behind Adam Armstrong and behind Rolando Aarons.¨ ¨But he’s knocking on the door.”
“Streete has done terrific on loan. All these local boys are brilliant; we’re in a great position with the local players.”
The Newcastle U21 side will be playing tonight at Whitley Park against Crewe Alexandra tonight at 7:00 pm.
20 year-old center-back Remie Streete
And it’s fitting that Alan at the end of his nufcTV after the game also talked about 20 year-old Remie Streete – who may now return to Port Vale on loan if Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor are fit for Saturday’s game at West Ham.
But here are two youngsters who are coming through the ranks on Tyneside who have yet to make their first team debuts for Newcastle.
We seem to be really well off with some of our youngsters right now – and long may that continue.
If we could get a pipeline of young players going like Southampton have down south – then that’s one way we could be pressing for a top six position every season.
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