Top Teenager Again Stakes Claim For First Team Squad


The Newcastle U21 needed extra time to beat Crewe Alexandra in the U-21 Premier League Cup on Monday night, after the up and coming 17 year-old Callum Roberts scored twice for the side.

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Callum Roberts – scored two on Monday night

It was 1-1 at full time and 2-1 after extra time,  and the U21 side are doing as well or even better than the first team this season, and they are also of the Barclays U-21 Premier League second division.

We are also in the semi-finals of the Techflow Group Northumberland FA Senior Cup and n ow in the last 16 of the U-21 League Cup.

Development Manager Peter Beardsley was happy enough to get the win, and he picked out Callum Roberts for special praise after the game:

“A win’s a win and as I said to the kids, whatever cup competition you’re in you want to try and do well.”

“Callum creates chances, makes chances, takes chances. Alex Gilliead did fantastic for the first goal and Olivier Kemen put a great cross in the for the second goal.”

“But Cal was very composed, nipped in front of the goalkeeper, controlled it and side-footed it in which good players do.” “Ben Dawson has been talking to him about Lionel Messi, about how he doesn’t blast everything but side-foots goals in.”

“Cal side-footed the first goal in and then the second one was easy.” “He’s got a lot of ability. The manager obviously likes him with him getting promoted to the first-team squad, and that’s what this job’s about – trying to get kids to the next level.”

“You look at what the first team have done this season and it’ll be the same when the kids go and play at Millwall in the FA Youth Cup on 13th December. It’s about winning.”

Newcastle have some good players playing for the U21 side this season – players with first team experience like Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana, and it reflects well on the club that we are doing so well at all levels this season – so far.

We had a piece on Callum  before the game against Crewe, and the youngster only furthered his claims on Monday night to be part of the first team squad at Newcastle, after making the squad for the game against QPR.

It’s great to see some of our youngsters playing so well this season, and coming through the ranks.

That’s one way Newcastle United can become great again, if we can bring these youngsters through the ranks, and invest some big money on scouting and coaching at the youth level.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see Beardsley mentions Ben Dawson there. He was the top coach that came back to the club, one of a few elite level coaches. Hadn’t heard his name mentioned since he was reportedly on the verge of joining, so I was unsure whether it had fallen through or not. Great to see it didn’t and he is on board.

    I wonder how much influence and impact his new methods have had in bringing this crop of youngsters forward quicker than anticipated.

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