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Adam Campbell left two of Kevin Keegan’s chief entertainers – Les Ferdinand and Peter Beardsley – mightily impressed with his latest performance in a black-and-white shirt – and the former Newcastle United No 9 has backed him as a hot prospect for the future.

Campbell is making rapid progress as he battles his way through the United ranks, however, anybody who witnessed his 33 minute hat-trick for the reserves in a 6-4 win against Spurs over the weekend will testify the England youth international looks like he’s got what it takes to go places.

He may only stand at 5ft 6in, but what he lacks in height he more than makes up for in other areas.

Indeed, not only is Campbell blessed with blistering pace, his low centre of gravity and ability to nick in between confused centre-backs could prove to be a real asset.

Campbell, still just 17, has plenty of power to go with that pace too.

He was the star of the show against Tottenham reserves on Saturday and with Alan Pardew stood behind the goal to take in Campbell’s performance in the FA’s new Development League clash he certainly looked for from daunted.

And you couldn’t help but think that with the No 9 shirt on his back for the second string that one day his dream of wearing it on the big stage just might come true if he keeps this up.

When asked his verdict on the teenager, Ferdinand – who scored 49 goals in just two seasons for the Magpies – said: “I spoke to Peter about him at the end and we talked about what a prospect he is.

“We talked about what a good attitude he had. If he continues the way he is going he will only get better.”

Ferdinand is now striker coach at Spurs and as the White Hart Lane side spent the day on Tyneside on the opening weekend of the season, the ex-England centre-forward held a post-match debriefing with his own strikers after they’d played their part in a 6-4 thriller on the fields of Darsley Park.

Yet they had no answer to Campbell’s astonishing treble as he linked up superbly with Slovenian ace Haris Vuckic to score three goals and an assist.

Ferdinand reflected: “He was very sharp and showed he had great pace. Maybe he’ll grow a bit more, but he’s an exciting player.”
21st August 2012 12:38 PM
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Was gonna say it's nice Ferdinand still keeps up to date with NUFC then remembered he's at spurs and that's why he saw him.

Really really wanna see this lad he given a chance, never thought I'd see a truly world class Geordie number 9 after shearer but this lad seems to have a fantastic potential
21st August 2012 01:26 PM
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would be good to see young campbell on the bench on thursday and get a 10-15min runout if we are winning by a few
21st August 2012 09:26 PM
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he is going to have to start isn't he? Unless one of the Demba's plays or Shola is fit.
21st August 2012 11:21 PM
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At 17, Campbell still has the chance to grow a bit - KK wasn't the tallest of forwards and neither was Shearer but they were both a bit taller than Campbell is now. You take a lot of physical punishment as a striker and both Shearer and KK were built like brick sh--houses generally even though they weren't tall. Keegan worked out with weights when he was at Scunthorpe and it paid off as he bulked up and got a move to Liverpool....Arthur Cox once called him a pocket battleship..!
As long as Campbell fills out physically he should be OK and his pace will frighten defenders. Hope he continues to progress this season but he needs careful handling, that's why I wanted us to sign more experienced forward cover.
22nd August 2012 02:10 AM
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