Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley has told the Chronicle he’s excited by youth team prospect Olivier Kemen.
The paper has reported that the 18-year-old midfielder is currently training with the first team and Beardsley feels he’s got the potential to become an important player for John Carver in the future.
“He’s a powerful lad and obviously has ability. We look at the other side of it and he has to learn to get the ball back,” said Beardsley.
“When he runs with the ball he looks like a proper player - At the moment he trains with the first team a lot.”
The state of Newcastle’s current youth system is superb and is giving Carver plenty of options in terms of youngsters who could come into his side.
Carver made it clear with the example of Rolando Aarons, as reported by the Chronicle, what he expects from the younger players at the club.
If they show the potential and work hard enough to get a first team chance, eventually they’ll be given the nod by Carver if there is space for them to come into the team.
It’s also important for the future development of the side that younger players get chances.
If they believe they have a chance of playing at Premier League level, that’s the best possible inspiration which can be given to them as they hit the training field every day.
If Newcastle can break the top eight and get into a more comfortable position, Kemen could well be given a run of games later in the season.