Alan Pardew’s high hopes for Newcastle’s ‘street footballer’ Adam Campbell

HIGH HOPES ... teenager Adam Campbell is earning the respect of his United team-mates.
HIGH HOPES ... teenager Adam Campbell is earning the respect of his United team-mates.

TEENAGER Adam Campbell’s been labelled a “throwback” – with a big future at Newcastle United.

The 17-year-old became the youngest European player in the club’s history earlier this season.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

And Pardew sees a big future for Campbell at club and international level.

Campbell is quickly earning the respect of the first-team squad at Newcastle, and supporters could see more of him this season.

Pardew likens North Shields-born Campbell to a “street footballer”, such is his natural ability.

Campbell has pace, aggression and a fearlessness which hasn’t, up to now, been seen in the Premier League, but he won’t be kept under wraps for much longer.

“He’s a street footballer – he’s a throwback to the street,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“He tackles, he runs back, he’s fast and has got a bit of aggression. He wants the ball all the time.

“It’s fantastic to have a player like that. Academies, as a rule, don’t often produce a natural talent like that.

“If you’ve got a natural talent like that, Academies can enhance it, and ours has enhanced him.

“He’s got that street mentality. Technically, he’s better than if he’d stayed in the street, but if there was a six-a-side in the car park, you bet your life Adam’s going to be in it. He’d be the best player.”

Pardew’s already leaned on the likes of Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson, and Campbell isn’t far behind them.

“We’ve got young Adam here, who’s going to be a hell of a player,” added Pardew.

“We have great aspirations for him, not just for Newcastle, but for England too.

“Already, he’s gaining the respect of this group at the training ground.

“That’s what you want – you need your senior players to respect the younger players. It doesn’t always happen, you know.

“They’re not always helpful, senior players. They see them as a threat, a potential rival.

“If you have a good group, they cultivate those players.

“Sammy Ameobi has probably learnt more in the year training with the first team than he has in the last four years in the Academy.

“That’s no disrespect to the Academy. It’s just there’s a greater level of learning.”

Meanwhile, fans with 70 loyalty points can now apply for tickets for United’s Europa League game at Club Brugge on November 8.

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