Newcastle Teenager – It Would Be Massive To Get Another Chance

Callum Roberts joined Newcastle United at the age of eight, and he made his first team debut when 17 last January in the FA Cup at Leicester City, a game which we managed to lose 1-0, one of John Carver’s fives losses in 10 games as the Newcastle caretaker manager.

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Callum Roberts – Newcastle’s 17 year-old forward

Callum is one of a number of very promising teenagers we have coming through the ranks at the moment, and he’s another local lad.

At the end of January Callum signed his first professional contract with Newcastle, and committed himself to his hometown club on a long-term initial contract.

Injuries and suspensions have hit the Newcastle squad this year, and with Papiss Cisse out for seven games with his suspension,  John Carver may have to call up some of the youngsters during the remaining 10 games of the season.

This is what Callum Roberts has said in the Chronicle today,  when asked about breaking into the first team earlier this year:

“It shows that there is a chance there if you are good enough.” “If you are good enough you will get put in.”

“So that is good for confidence.” “It would be massive to get another chance.” “That’s what I want to do – play in the Premier League.” 

“It’s what I’ve wanted to do since being a little boy so if I get that chance it’s massive for me.”  “Hopefully I can get another chance. I just need to keep working hard.”

“It’s a real confidence boost. I know I am good enough to play so if I keep playing well that chance will come hopefully.”

“Playing in front of any crowd at St James’ Park is something that a lot of kids don’t get the chance to do. I am happy to get that chance.”

“It’s good watching the first team players setting an example, but I have to follow in their footsteps.” “Some of them talk to you as much as they can and try help make you a better player.”

Roberts had a short spell at Gateshead this year, where he played three games but the club were not giving him enough games in the first team.

So John Carver recalled him to Newcastle, where the standard of reserve team games is a lot higher,  and he played well on Monday night in the U21 game against Stoke, which we drew 1-1 at St. James’ Park.

Callum had a good game and got a warm round of applause from the crowd when he was taken off in the second half.

We’ll have to wait and see if the teenager, who turns 18 next month, can add to his tally of first team appearances this season.

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7 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    On the Everton match. They may be there for the taking, I agree (so were manure) but they’ve only won 1 in 12 and we all know the toon are the best team to play when your at a low ebb and on a bad run. We could just be the team to turn their season around.

    I’m cautiously optimistic in getting a result but also wary for the reasons above. Let’s hope johnny boy sets the team up to attack their fragile defence and not just sit back on our own fragile one otherwise we’ll get mullered. Lukaku loves us for some reason.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Riviere? So far he has a worse goals to games record in the Prem than Xisco and has only 5 games to improve on Luque’s 1 in 21 appearances.

    Xisco got 1 goal in 5 Prem appearances in his first season and was written off. Only played twice more in the Prem after that.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    If Riviere is to play, then he shouldn’t be central up front. Give him a chance on the left hand side of a three. Rivi, Perez, Cabella. Fairly interchangeable, plenty of movement. Abeid Colback and Sissoko behind them in midfield. The back pretty much sorts itself out these days.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Any right minded toon fan has to agree with BandB on never wanting
    us to lose. For me the most enjoyable game watched this season was back in September at Crystal Palace. We gave a performance full of spirit which we’ve craved for months. The press made much of the youngsters caring about the shirt.
    As a fan the game represented everything you want from your team. players caring as much as you do. Also perhaps it’s the feeling that
    we have the nucleus of a team that understands our mentality.
    That it’s not all about value for money and a strong set of accounts.
    Youngsters give much cause for hope that things can get better. I can’t
    wait to see Rolando back in t black n white.

  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    ian rolando is being wrapped in cotton wool to protected there investment

  • stagman

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I think you are wrong there ED you have obviously never watched Conference football. The standard is way above the U21s and not only is it competitive but there is also much more quality. Probably the lad is not strong enough yet as the Conference game is a similar standard to Division 2 hence most of the Conference teams that go up usually do well and gain promotion. Do not underestimate the standard of the lower leagues, we would find it hard.


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