Premier League: Alan Pardew tips Adam Campbell for 'big year'
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has tipped young forward Adam Campbell to make a big impact next season.
Last Updated: 29/05/13 11:04am
Campbell, who became the club's youngest European debutant aged 17 years and 236 days when he came on at Greek side Atromitos last August, missed out on a place in England's U20 World Cup squad this week after being named in the provisional 35-man set-up.
The youngster had been expected to follow the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Brad Inman and Shane Ferguson out on loan but Pardew believes Campbell will instead have a "big year" on Tyneside.
"I look at that younger section, and although we've had some players do well on loan - Brad Inman, Fergie, Sammy - they still need to get more experience next year," Pardew told the Shields Gazette. They could go out again.
"I think the one who is really knocking on the door is Adam Campbell, and I would like to think he will be in and around the first team next year.
"He is only a tiny little guy but a bundle of energy and a bundle of quality as well.
"I've been very careful to look after him this year, but if we can progress him then next season is a big year for him."
Gael Bigirimana did make the U20 cut and will meet his international team-mates at St George's Park on Monday, before flying out to Turkey on 12 June.
England face Iraq on 23 June, Chile on 26 June and then African champions Egypt three days later.