A Surprise Boost for Pardew?
Given the gloom surrounding the ever increasing injury list at St James’s Park, Newcastle United will gleefully welcome the news that young defender Remie Streete has finally recovered from a long-term injury.
Although Streete has yet to appear for the first team, could it be possible that he can have a role to play as Newcastle look to rescue their season? It’s been a desperately disappointing domestic campaign so far, and manager Alan Pardew will be trying to explore any possible avenue in his quest to replicate last year’s success.
Last year Pardew identified 18-year-old Streete, alongside young striker Adam Campbell, as the two best prospects in the club’s youth system. The South Shields youngster had become a regular in the reserves at the end of the in 2010/2011, season and was further enhancing his growing reputation last season until suffering an injury against Sunderland’s second string.
Streete is finally back in training with the first team and narrowly missed out on a place in the squad for the recent trip to Bordeaux. With Campbell having made his debut earlier this season in the Europa League, now it could be time for Streete to step and do the same.
“I know I’ll be given a chance when I’m ready – and that’s all you can ask for as a player. Hopefully I’ll take that chance, whenever it comes. The manager’s spoken to me a few times to see how things are going. I’ve just got to work hard and keep on going.” – Remie Streete talking to the Newcastle Chronicle.
He’s clearly got the potential to make a big future for himself in the game, and has done well to get back onto Pardew’s radar after eight long months out.
Notable for being quick and strong with an exceptional long pass, he possesses a physical presence very impressive for his age which is helped by his significant height.
You don’t have to look far for evidence of Streete’s talent, he was recently included on standby for an England U19 friendly, and in 2010 won the inaugural Jack Hixon award, named after the scout who discovered the legendary Alan Shearer.
Obviously it remains to be seen whether he will fulfill this potential, and there have been plenty of promising youngsters in the past who have fallen by the wayside after talented beginnings. It will be important for him to keep his feet on the ground, and also get experience of first team football. Taking everything into account, he’s definitely one to watch out for.
Here are three other young academy prospects to keep an eye on:
Tom Heardman – 17 years old, 6’4 striker
James Morgan – 16 years old, right sided defender
Macauley Booth – 17 year old, versatile full back
Do you believe Streete could break into the first team fold this season? Does he have a long term future at the club?Let us know your thoughts, and perhaps what you believe Pardew can do to turn round Newcastle’s nightmare end to 2012.
By Harry Aitkenhead
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