When interviewed last night after making his Newcastle debut, 19-year-old Tom Allan described the experience as a “dream come true.”
The youngster came on, and it took a few minutes for him to settle his nerves. However, he grew into the game and became a threat down the right flank playing in the right wing-back role.
The Chronicle have interviewed Allan after a night he’ll never forget. This is what Tom had to say this morning about his debut:
“To be honest, I don’t think it could have gone any better. Maybe a goal, but I can’t get too greedy.
“It was a night I’ll remember for the rest of my life, I think, and to have my family in the stands just made it even better.”
We are thrilled for the local lad who also got the assist on Joelinton’s first goal since August. This is what the youngster had to say about his assist:
“The ball went into big Andy, and you know what he’s going to do, he’s always going to hold it up.
“So, I made the run off him, and he slid me down the line, and I’ve just done my best to put it in for big Joe, and luckily, he’s got on the end of it.”
It was a perfect combination for the goal when time was running out. It looked like Joelinton was going to come away with another night of frustration, but two Geordies helped to make sure that wasn’t the case.
Big Andy did a brilliant job to free Tom down the right. The youngster put in the cross that Joelinton was able to get on the end of.
While it was a relief for the Brazilian, it was some moment for the local lad.
Steve Bruce also spoke about Tom’s debut to BBC Newcastle after the match.
"He's been training with us for a few weeks now, and he's grabbed his chance.
"Great for him. A fellow Geordie, and from Cramlington. He'll enjoy the moment."
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) January 14, 2020
Newcastle will face Oxford United at St James Park in a couple of weeks for a spot in the fifth round. Bruce is likely to take that match very seriously and field a strong team.
With a bit of luck, maybe Tom can get back on in the second half to get another appearance with the first-team.
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