John Carver has recalled top 17 year-old midfielder Callum Roberts from his loan deal across the River Tyne at Gateshead, and it seems it’s because Callum is not being played enough by Gateshead manager Gary Mills.
Callum Roberts – made his debut for Newcastle earlier this year
The 17-year-old midfielder went on loan for the rest of the season at The Heed last month, with 20 year-old Adam Campbell, but John Carver is not happy about the situation.
This is what John has said today about Callum:
“He was left out of the team so we brought him back because they wanted him to play in their reserve team.” “We thought he was better off playing in our U21 team than Gateshead with all due respect.”
The reason youngsters are sent out on loan is to give them first team games, and if that’s not happening – for whatever reason – they would be better off back at Newcastle and playing for the U21s.
It seems that things came to a head when Gateshead wanted to play Callum in their Reserve team – but it’s a much higher standard in Newcastle’s reserve team – now the U21 side.
So it’s not surprising that John has recalled Roberts, and it gives a message to Gateshead that if they are not going to play the youngsters in their first team, they will be brought home.
They will also be training with higher class players at Benton, so this seems fair enough to us.
Callum played three first team games for Gateshead, and he’s played 9 times this season for the U21 side with two goals and two assists, and once for the first team.
Adam Campbell has played 5 times for Gateshead and has scored 4 goals – so it seems the 20 year-old is getting back to his goal-scoring form.
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