It has been a mixed week for Adam Campbell, as although he will have been disappointed not to make the final cut for England’s squad for the under-20 World Cup this month, Alan Pardew’s recent quotes suggesting he is knocking on the door of the Newcastle United first team will give him great hope for next season.
Campbell made four appearances in all competitions for Newcastle last season, although his sum total of time on the pitch was only 41 minutes, and he is viewed as perhaps the most exciting prospect in the Magpies’ academy. Pardew has suggested he was keen to not overload Campbell, but the forward might have more of an impact next year.
“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,” said Pardew.
“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.”
Newcastle are currently short of options up front, having relied heavily on Papiss Cisse in the second half of the season after Demba Ba was sold to Chelsea in January.
They are expected to bolster their options this summer, and could even need to find a replacement for Cisse too if reports of Borussia Dortmund’s interest in the Senegalese forward are accurate.
Campbell could be used to add some depth to their attack, with the 18-year-old comfortable playing on either flank or through the centre, although given his diminutive frame, it is unlikely he will pay regularly as a central striker next season.
If Newcastle do bring in several new options up front this summer, there is still a chance they will opt to loan Campbell out to gain some more experience, but judging by Pardew’s comments he feels that the youngster is already ready for first team football at St James Park.
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