Olivier Kemen reveals what Carver told him about first-team chances

The 19-year-old Newcastle United starlet is knocking on the door of the Magpies' first team.

Olivier Kemen wants first-team football at Newcastle - and says boss John Carver has told him to keep doing exactly what he's doing in his bid to achieve it, according to the Chronicle.

The 19-year-old midfielder is a regular fixture for the Newcastle Under-21 side and has even trained with the first team this season, showing bundles of talent when it comes to running with the ball, as well as strength and physicality to boot.

And Kemen is now targeting first-team action at St James' Park, with the teenager hardly bereft of ambition.

The Magpies youngster admits he has spoken to head coach Carver about his prospects, revealing that the 50-year-old gave him an encouraging response.

“He just said ‘keep working.' He has to say that because it’s the only way. Keep going and when it comes it comes, if it doesn’t: keep working," Kemen told the Chronicle.

The 19-year-old also gave his own assessment of how things are progressing at Newcastle and, again, was far from nervous about discussing his ambitions.

“At the beginning, it [first-team football] was a dream. Now, though, I see how people train and I see how they work," a confident Kemen added.

“I just have to keep working and when the chance comes I have to respond with the right enthusiasm. I’m not scared - I just bide my time.”

The Frenchman's eagerness will no doubt be a source of encouragement to the Newcastle coaching staff. But that in itself presents its own challenges.

Will they, for instance, be brave enough to give him an extended run - and what if Kemen's confidence turns into over-confidence?

Those on Tyneside should be ready to deal with the young talent accordingly; he certainly has a lot of promise about him.

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