20-year-old Geordie Jamie Sterry made his Premier League debut in the final game of the season against Tottenham – when we took them apart 5-1 at St. James’ Park – and the local lad has impressed manager Rafa Benitez.
One of the many areas Rafa is looking to overhaul and get working at the club is the Youth Academy, so we can get a steady stream of good young players coming through to the first team.
And Rafa will have taken a good look at some of the young players he has right now and will have seen that right-back Jamie is one who is near the first team.
Jamie Sterry in action against Spurs
Jamie is really looking forward to the coming season in the Championship and maybe he is one who can break through in this coming season under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.
This is what Sterry has told the Chronicle today:
“I will be staying and want to be part of it.” “I asked to go on loan five or six times last season but they wanted me to stay.”
“They wanted me to get experience with the first team and now I have had the chance to make my debut.”
“Next year I can get a few starts and show what I am made of.” “I have been up with the first team for a while.”
“I have been in and around it for two years.” “Last season was good for me to learn especially with Rafa Benitez.”
“He is one of the best managers in the world and everybody knows that.”
“We showed in some games last season how good we could be, the Spurs game especially, and how much quality we have.”
“I had been training really well and wanted to show people I was good enough.” “The manager realized that I could play.”
“It was a good feeling to know I could be part of it if I work hard.” “It’s always in your head about making your debut and finally, I have got that.”
“The new season is a chance to kick on.” “It was an incredible feeling to make my debut and it gives you a taste for more.”
Whenever Jamie has been in the first team he showed he can play and we look forward to Jamie and maybe one or two other youngsters like Adam Armstrong, coming through this season in the Championship.
It would certainly help the team and the squad if that happens and they are part of the squad going back into the Premier League next May – hopefully.