Liam Gibson did himself no harm at all last Saturday when he started at left back in the 2-1 win over Lillestrom in La Manga to end a five day warm weather training trip by Newcastle, which was in preparation for the vital 12 game run-in to the season.
Liam played very well for one just 18 years old and he was given some praise from head coach Steve McClaren after the game – Steve said he had done very well.
Liam Gibson in action last Saturday in La Manga
Both Massadio Haidara and Kevin Mbabu are still out with injury and both lads seem to pick up a lot of injuries – so Liam got his chance at left back – and the took it.
We don´t know exactly what the situation is with Paul Dummett, who is another left back who picks up a number of injuries in any one season and he´s been struggling with a hamstring problem since last season.
Peter Beardsley is upbeat about Liam and had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today about the Stanley born youngster:
“He’s a great kid. He’s got a lovely left foot, he’s strong, physical, can run and he has a good understanding of the game.”
“The only thing he’s maybe lacking is confidence. I don’t think he realizes what he has, because he has a lot of strengths, a lot of positives, and I just wish sometimes he would believe in himself a bit more.”
“He’s certainly got the talent.” “What was good for him was he had to sing in front of the first team players and staff at Chelsea.”
“Apparently he sang really well and fair play to him – I didn’t think he’d be able to get through that! Having got through that, he should be able to get through most things.”
“But the first team players are always very welcoming in terms of taking them (the young players) under their wing, encouraging them, helping them.”
“Colo is very good in that sense. They all come back having had a great experience and that’s what it’s all about.”
One of the things Newcastle have lacked in recent years is more of our youngsters coming through the ranks from the Youth Academy into the first team.
We have had Paul Dummett come through and now Rolando Aarons looks like he´s back fully fit again and made a great sub appearance against Lillestrom.
Rolando scored the winning goal with a great header from a terrific Jamie Sterry cross.
Both Liam Gibson and Jamie Sterry looked good last Saturday and here are two full-backs who could make it at the club.
We wish the two local lads all the best for the future – it would be great if they can both become first team regulars in the future – along with Rolando.