Mixed emotions as Roberts makes Magpies debut

Callum Roberts.
Callum Roberts.

Newcastle United’s latest young hotshot was left with mixed emotions after making his first team debut.

North Shields-born Callum Roberts came off the bench in Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round defeat to Leicester City.

The fleet-footed winger was given 11 minutes in the 1-0 loss, replacing Haris Vuckic.

The 17-year-old Academy graduate has been in a number of recent first team squads, reward for eye-catching performances at the under-21 level this term.

Roberts – who attended Churchill Community College and played for Whitley Bay Sproggs before joining United at the age of eight – admitted he was left with mixed emotions.

“It was a proud day for me and my family – I’ve always wanted to make my debut – but it was obviously a bad result,” he said.

“This is what all young kids dream about – making your debut for Newcastle. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.

“It was a massive moment for me, being only 17 and playing for the first team. It was a great day, despite the result.

“I was warming up when JC (John Carver) called me over and said ‘it’s your time – make sure you’re ready’.

“I feel ready to step up so I hope I get another chance to try and impress the coaches.

“I’ve always dreamt about making my debut for Newcastle but ultimately it was a disappointing result, as I thought we should have won.

“It’s much quicker and the players you are up against are much more physical and stronger than me.

“I’ve got to push on now and make sure that I improve physically so I can match them when I get another opportunity.”