Callum Roberts played at West Brom yesterday in the 1-1 draw and he equalized in the second half for Newcastle.
The impressive local lad knows he has to get Rafa’s attention this season by scoring goals and getting assists too.
Callum will either stay at Newcastle this season but could also go out on loan to a lower division club to get some first team games.
Callum turned 21 in April and it’s now time for him to show he can become a first-team player at Newcastle.
Callum Roberts – in action in the preseason
This is what Callum said on nufcTV after the game yesterday:
“It’s always nice to start the season with a goal – but definitely I need to add more goals and assists to my game.”
“It’s goals and assists which get wingers and forwards noticed the most – be it to get a loan move, or to impress the first-team manager, because that’s what he [Benitez] is going to be looking for.”
“It was a really good experience (preseason), where I played in all the games, but I needed to get a full 90 minutes in for the U-23s, which I’ve done now.”
“Being away with the first team has been great; you play with better players, the standard is higher and the intensity is totally different.”
“You’ve got to up your game when you go up a level, and I think I did that really well during pre-season.”
“But now it’s about translating that back into the U-23 setup and helping this side reach the next level too.”
“This is my job, it’s my job to score goals and make goals, so you’ve just got to try and forget the occasion – it doesn’t matter where you’re playing, or who you’re playing against – and try to perform to your best.”
“We worked really hard in pre-season, both on the pitch and in the gym, so now it’s about translating it from the training pitch into every game. If I can do that, I’ll be really happy.”
Another local lad, 21-year-old Adam Armstrong, was sold to Blackburn Rovers this summer and that was a disappointment that Adam didn’t make it at his hometown club.
We hope that Callum can show some excellent form this season and make his way permanently into the Newcastle first team squad.