Newcastle United youngster Olivier Kemen has told the Chronicle of the advice that John Carver has given him if he wants to break into the first-team.
Kemen, who is just 17, says that Carver has been in constant communication with him and is stressing the importance of his work ethic.
Carver wants to see the French youngster working hard and he has suggested that if he knuckles down he will receive a chance.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time," Kemen said. "John Carver has always said to me: ‘Oli if you want to be there you have to work.’
“Hard work always pays off. I’ve been on the bench and I’m very happy. Now I have to keep working.”
Should Kemen be given a chance?
Kemen has been on Newcastle's substitutes' bench for some of their recent matches and it is hard to think of many reasons why the youngster shouldn't be given a chance.
Newcastle have been woeful under Carver and, put simply, it is hard to see how Kemen would be any worse than their more senior players.
Kemen would bring power and physicality to their midfield and his inclusion could be something to raise the excitement levels at St. James' Park again.
It means that there seem to be few drawbacks to chucking Kemen into the team, with Newcastle's season looking in serious danger of petering out.