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.
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.
What do you think?
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: