Newcastle boss suggests where youngster must improve to make debut

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Newcastle youngster Olivier Kemen could be close to making his first-team debut.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Magpies head coach John Carver has admitted that Olivier Kemen is training with the first-team, and is definitely good enough to make it at the top level.

The French youngster moved to St James’ Park in the summer of 2013 from Metz, and has been a big figure in the Magpies Under-21 side since then.

At the age of 18, one would not expect Kemen to be making his debut for the Magpies senior squad for a few years yet, but with the club currently undergoing something of a squad crisis, he has been involved in the first-team in the last few weeks.

He was in the matchday squad for the first time as the Toon fell to a 3-0 defeat to Everton, and head coach John Carver has told the Chronicle that he is training with the first-team group for the current period of the season.

“He is learning and working with the group,” the manager said.

Regarded as a tough-tackling midfielder with a strong work ethic and boundless energy, Kemen would be a good figure to have in the Magpies squad on their current downturn in form - which has delivered just two wins in the last 11 games.

And although admitting that Kemen has the temperament to succeed in top flight football, Carver believes that he needs to improve his personality before being given a first-team chance.

He added: “He’s got the temperament [to succeed].

“We just need to look after his personality. He can be a bit lively.”

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