Roeder waiting on Chopra
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has urged striker Michael Chopra to consider his options carefully.
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has urged striker Michael Chopra to consider carefully any decision about his future.
The 22-year-old has been offered a new one-year deal on the back of some impressive performances last season, but he is aware that his opportunities could be limited next term.
The Magpies are sure to be on the look-out for a replacement for Alan Shearer, while Michael Owen will be hoping to play a fuller part after an injury-ravaged campaign.
Roeder believes that Chopra would continue to develop if he stayed at St James' Park, but accepted that he had a difficult choice to make.
"Not everyone can be a ready-made Premiership and international striker at the age of 18 like Michael Owen or Wayne Rooney," said Roeder. "They are one-in-a-million players.
"Michael Chopra has improved through the season. He's a local boy and he'll be waiting to see what offers come in from other clubs.
"He's a good lad to work with and because of his attitude, he will continue to do well over the years. He's been blooded and he needs to be playing men's football.
"If he stays, maybe there might be an opportunity for him to go out on loan, we would have to see.
"But he's a product of our youth academy and if he were to leave, then we would have to be adequately compensated."
Roeder did warn Chopra that he could not afford to wait too long for his decision.
"Michael has an offer and I hope he can make his decision quickly so all parties know where they stand," he told the club's official website.
"I would be quite happy if Michael decides to stay. He got a few chances with us towards the end of last season."