Michael Richardson has spoke to the local press and revealed that he is living the dream of any Geordie boy in challenging for a first-team place.
However with the team flying as high as it is at the moment, Richardson knows that the road to stardom will be a long one. For the Tynesider his journey continues with it’s fair share of romance and fairytale.
Just over a year ago, young Richardson found himself plying his trade for non-league side Walker Central. Now he is rubbing shoulders with Hatem Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon having made his way into NUFC after completing a successful trial.
Pardew has already admitted that he is a big fan of the teenager and the young lad has now shown the Magpies boss that he can cut it in League One with Leyton Orient with whom he spent a short period with on loan. The fact the loan was only a month long signals to me that Alan Pardew has high hopes for Richardson and maybe has plans to include him this season.
Richardson reflected on his time at Leyton Orient and he told the Chronicle: “It was alright. I was there for a month to get first-team experience under my belt. I played a couple of games. I’m glad to be back here, I have played three or four games and scored. I scored on my debut twenty minutes in at Orient and that was great. Now I am happy to be back here.”
The locallad further added that it felt right to be back at United’s Benton base: “It’s good to be back home, all of our teams are unbeaten.”
the United coaches have experimented by playing Richardson in a much more attacking role in the last couple of reserve games and it seems to have reaped benefits for the lad.
“I like playing there, it gives me a lot of freedom. I can drift in and out to find holes to exploit defenses. At the same time me, Gosling and Danny Guthrie switch all the time and know each other’s game quite well. We all think the same way. You just want to cause defences problems.”
From the above words it seems clear that Richardson is clearly the role that he has now found himself in. He has already made links with two other players who play in similar positions and that is vital for him to make an impact in a game. It also presents the impression that Richardson is truly enjoying the football he is playing and that may be a factor that comes across to Pardew and Co when considering him for first-team action.
Richardson further added that he would love to play on the big stage for the club: “It’s a dream, every local lad wants to play for Newcastle. Hopefully I can keep getting chances and keep enjoying my football.”
Michael Richardson certainly seems a prospect for the future and no doubt he will find himself involved in the cup matches that we play in the forthcoming months. I gain the impression that the teenager is really enjoying his football and that is a big tick as if your not enjoying your football then there won’t be as many opportunities for you.
We may see a lot more of this lad in the coming months!