20 year-old Jamie Sterry has looked very good for Newcastle at right-back in pre-season and he is attempting to be in the match-day squad for our first game of the Championship a week on Friday at Fulham.
There are only two pre-season friendlies left and the 20 year-old started the game at Lokeren last Saturday and he has appeared in every one of Newcastle’s three pre-season friendly games so far this summer.
Jamie Sterry in action against Spurs in May
The local lad has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he is pleased with his progress and he also hails Rafa as a world-class manager:
“Hopefully this season we can bounce back up.” “We are aiming for a good start to the season. This summer feels good with Rafa Benitez in charge.”
“He is one of the best managers in the world, everybody knows that.”
“I had been training really well and showed him that I am good enough.” “Thankfully he realized that I can play, it was a great feeling to know I could be part of it.”
“It’s always in your head about making your debut for the first team and thankfully I got that against Tottenham on the last day of last season, now I am looking forward to the new season.”
Jamie certainly comes across as being upbeat there and not short on confidence in himself, which is good to see in youngsters.
As soon as Benitez arrived at Newcastle he seemed to pick out Sterry as one for the future, but then Rafa reduced the overcrowding at the Benton training grounds by moving the U-21 squad back to train on their own pitches and away from the first team squad.
But it was interesting that he kept Jamie training with the first team squad and he was on the bench a few times before making his Premier League debut against Spurs in the final game of the season after 84 minutes.
We need youngsters like Jamie Sterry coming through the ranks for Newcastle to be a successful club again and it’s now going to be interesting to see if he can get a starting place at Fulham and win out over both Daryl Janmaat and new arrival Jesus Gamez for that right-back position.
That would be something.
Jamie Sterry is strong in the tackle and gets forward as much as he possibly can – and one of the interesting things about the Newcastle-born youngster is that he is eligible to play for Italy as well as for England, since his grandfather is Italian.
It’s really good to see Jamie doing so well in pre-season.
What do you think?