Olivier Kemen has been explaining his experience of being part of the Newcastle United first team to the club’s official website.
The French youngster was included in the Magpies’ matchday squad for the Premier League clash against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
The midfielder was an unused substitute against the Gunners, as Newcastle suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat.
Kemen has yet to make his debut for the first team, but he is delighted to have been just part of the matchday squad.
The teenager has been training with the Newcastle stars for a while, and he has now revealed what he has noticed about the first team.
“It is great experience to be on the bench and in the changing room because it allows me to see how the players play, their determination and their preparation,” Kemen told Newcastle’s official website.
"You learn more when you see it so close, so it is better for my development, and I will learn plenty from players like Moussa (Sissoko) and Gouff (Yoan Gouffran). I watch, I learn, I keep quiet - and when it is my turn, I will know what I should be doing.”
Kemen seems to have the perfect attitude to succeed and appears to have accepted that he has a lot to learn.
The youngster is talented and has what it takes to succeed at this level, and the key for him is to work hard and follow the instructions of his coaches.
Given the injury problems that Newcastle are facing at the moment, Kemen could well be given a chance to play competitive football for the first team.
If Kemen is indeed given that chance, then he must sure that he makes the most of it.