Newcastle United manager John Carver will be delighted with the comments of teenage striker Callum Roberts in the Chronicle.
Roberts has made a very ambitious statement over his aims at the club and Carver will be delight with the slight arrogance and ambition that they display.
“That’s what I want to do – play in the Premier League. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since being a little boy so if I get that chance it’s massive for me,” he said.
“Hopefully I can get another chance. I just need to keep working hard.”
Carver has always been open over the idea that if a player is good enough, they’re old enough to feature for the Magpies.
He admires positive attitude, character and a hard work ethic in players, all of which Roberts seems to have in spades.
Suspension and injury to Papiss Cisse means that the attacking reserves at Newcastle are stretched, leaving the squad thin up front for the rest of the season.
Carver could draft Roberts into the match day squad and give him some game time off the bench, but a start seems a fair way off.
He has to show that he can compete against some very experienced and physical defences in the Premier League.
Once he does that, he’ll leave an impression in the mind of the manager who will start to think about using him more.
A chance could come towards the end of the season, when Newcastle’s likely league finish becomes a bit clearer and the pressure is released.