Newcastle starlet Adam Campbell could face Anzhi

BENCH DUTY? ... Newcastle United's Adam Campbell.
BENCH DUTY? ... Newcastle United's Adam Campbell.

ADAM Campbell could be unleashed on Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow tonight.

The teenager was a late addition to Newcastle United’s 19-man squad for the Europa League Round of 16 tie after Papiss Demba Cisse was withdrawn because of illness.

And Pardew is considering handing the pacy striker a place on his bench – at the expense of one of his more senior colleagues.

Campbell became Newcastle’s youngest-ever European player when he made his debut in the club’s qualifier against Atromitos in August.

And the 18-year-old – who Pardew feels will be suited to the Luzhniki Stadium’s artificial surface – isn’t far away from a second appearance for United.

“I think Adam has got a chance of being involved – he’s a technical player,” Pardew said.

“The surface will suit him, but I’d have to eliminate a senior player, and that’s a big call.

“Between myself and John (Carver), we’ll look at the scoring options we’ve got.

“We’ll make sure we’ve got enough to get a goal, if not two, to take to St James’s Park. That would give us a great chance of getting through.”

Pardew also expects Hatem Ben Arfa to make his comeback against Anzhi, though the forward – out since December with a hamstring injury – could start from the bench.

We’ve put four or five days work into Hatem,” added Pardew. “I think he’s very keen to show he’s up for the run-in – it’s just about getting him game time.”

Meanwhile, Pardew has sought advice from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about Newcastle’s Russian opposition, who the Anfield club faced in the competition’s group stage.

Rodgers was a coach under Pardew at Reading, and the pair still have a good relationship.

Liverpool, eliminated by Zenit St Petersburg in the last round, beat Guus Hiddink’s side 1-0 at Anfield – but lost in Russia.

“I spoke to Brendan,” said Pardew. “He has a loyalty to me – I was his employer once – so I’ve called that in!”