Today I have another exclusive NUFCblog interview for you. Since I’ve decided that I would try and secure interviews with Newcastle youth players I have managed to do three interviews within a week; which is a testament to the lads who have taken part.
Following on from interview with Adam Campbell and Stephen Folan it’s now time to bring you an exclusive interview with Newcastle United’s midfielder Ben Sayer. I got in touch with Ben over Facebook and he said he would happily take part; I’d like to thank Ben for taking time out of his day to answer these questions.
What team do you support?
Who is your best mate at NUFC?
I couldn’t pick one; I get on well with everyone at the academy.
Who is the funniest player at NUFC?
Well, Louis Storey is always trying to make the team laugh, but there are a few others like Dennis Knight, Michael Riley and Liam Henderson.
Who is always last of the training pitch?
I would have to say one of the goalkeepers.
Who’s your favourite player in the first team to watch?
Joey Barton, he is a great all round player, and such a good passer of the ball. Also I like watching Tiote as he plays in the same position as me.
What is the most memorable game you’ve played in?
It is the FA youth cup match against Grimsby at St. James Park, mostly because I scored a fluke winner, Haha.
What is the most memorable game you’ve watched?
Newcastle VS Arsenal 4-4, I was with my dad and we were about to leave just before the start of the second half but luckily we stayed and saw the comeback
What player do you model yourself on?
I model myself on Paul Scholes but I’m a bit gutted he’s retired now; his passing is the main reason I model myself on him.
What is the favourite goal you’ve scored?
It was against Barnsley on my birthday, the ball was sort of bouncing about 25 yards from goal and I hit it on the volley and luckily it went it the top corner.
Who is your favourite ever NUFC player?
Alan Shearer because he scored a lot of great goals, he was always committed and a really good team player.
What are your aims for next season?
My main aim is to make myself a regular for the under 18s firstly, then try and push for a place in the reserves.
What does being in the academy entail? (What you do on a day to day basis?)
Well we need to be in for half 8 for breakfast, then we either train or do a gym session at 9oclock. We then train at 11 followed by dinner at normally half 12 then we are back out training at 2. On Mondays and Thursdays we do yoga at 3. Also we have to fit our college work in between training.
How did it feel to score the winner in the FA Youth Cup against Grimbsy with Alan Pardew watching on?
Well at the time I had really bad cramp so I was just in pain but afterwards I was buzzing, I was just pleased we won and went through to the next round. It was a great knowing the manager and all my friends and family had seen it.
Ben is a product of the Newcastle youth academy and he joined the club he supports at the age of 8. Ben is a creative midfielder with a wide range of passing; so it’s easy to see why he’s a big fan of Joey Barton and Paul Scholes. They’re not a bad pair of players to model yourself on.
Ben Sayer is the second academy player that I have interviewed and they have both said that they couldn’t choose a best friend when asked, and they have said everyone at the academy is close. That’s a very good thing, hopefully the academy can all stay very close and rise up through our ranks and fulfil their potential on the bigger stage.
The 17-year old midfielder has already fulfilled most Newcastle fans dreams by playing and scoring at St James Park. Ben described the goal as a fluke winner; I think he’s just being modest to be honest. Ben scored a 25 yard lobbed goal in the second half of extra time to take the youth team through into the 5th round, all this while a certain Mr Pardew was watching on from the stands.
I can also see a bit of a trend with two of the questions I’m asking the most memorable game watched, and favourite Newcastle player. The answers usually replied are either Arsenal or Sunderland last year, and Alan Shearer, and to be honest I cannot blame them, because if I was asked they are probably the answers that I would give.
Thanks to Ben Sayer for taking part in this interview, and I wish him the best of luck for the future.