ADAM Campbell has been backed to put his England disappointment behind him and make a big impact on the Newcastle United first team next season.
Campbell missed out on a place in the England Under-20 World Cup squad yesterday after being named in the provisional 35-man set-up.
Fellow Magpie Gael Bigirimana made the cut, but Campbell instead will have the rest of the summer to relax after he finishes his England U19 duties this week.
And when he returns for pre-season training in July, manager Alan Pardew is tipping the diminutive forward to continue his progress.
There had been a thought that Campbell – who became the club’s youngest-ever European debutant aged 17 years and 236 days when he came off the bench away at Greek side Atromitos last August – could be sent out on loan to get further experience, similar to what Sammy Ameobi, Brad Inman, Shane Ferguson, Curtis Good, Conor Newton and Paul Dummett did last season.
But Pardew, while hinting that those youngsters could be farmed out for another temporary spell, believes Campbell will instead have ‘a big year’ on Tyneside.
“I look at that younger section, and although we’ve had some players do well on loan – Brad Inman, Fergie, Sammy – they still need to get more experience next year,” said Pardew. “They could go out again.
“I think the one who is really knocking on the door is Adam Campbell, and I would like to think he will be in and around the first team next year.
“He is only a tiny, little guy but a bundle of energy and a bundle of quality as well.
“I’ve been very careful to look after him this year, but if we can progress him then next season is a big year for him.”
Bigirimana, meanwhile, has been rewarded for a promising first season at Newcastle with his England call-up.
He will meet his international team-mates at St George’s Park on Monday to begin preparations for the Under-20 World Cup before flying out to Turkey on June 12 for more training and acclimatisation