Richardson living the dream at the Toon

Michael Richardson - The next bright spark at NUFC?
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!

33 thoughts on “Richardson living the dream at the Toon

  1. Think the lad is going to be a star personally. Really highly rated by management and has the desire to prove himself.

    One for the future undoubtedly 🙂

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  2. Happy for the young lad, the only problem is that although he is happy to bide his time for a chance now, is that sooner or later he needs to be given a chance in the 1st team.
    If we can give him that then good but if we dont he will soon get disillusioned even if it’s his local team.

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  3. At last! Another player apart from Colo that you can recognise when watching on normal-def telly! 😆

    Great lad, and I suspect his loyalty is a bit more genuine than for some, partly because his ‘normal’ life as a sparky is so fresh in his mind. I hope he gets a few changes in cup runs.

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  4. I think it will be a very difficult road for him as there is so much good competition for him, both from the seniors and the youngsters starting to make the breakthrough. However, he does offer something different and could be another Cabeye type player, with vision and mobility. Be interesting to see him develop. Got high hopes for this ladbut it will be a tough road… 🙂

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  5. Tattyheed, got a to agree, I was starting to worry we don’t have any decent strikers coming through but if Campbell and JJ Hooper can keep going the way they are we might have two on our hands!

    Remie Streete and Michael Riley (centre back and left back) are going to be good players as well in my opinion.

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  6. Whatever happened to the next best thing Haris Vuckic by the way? Looking more and more unlikely he will make the team….

    I am always a fan of local lads coming through and playing for the toon, the lad will always have my full support as long as he gives 100% (which I am confident he will)

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  7. Moreno – I know he had that injury at the start of the season, but since then the side have been too good for him to get a sniff. I reckon we will see him a fair bit this season once injuries and bans take hold… HIs time to prove himself is coming though…

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  8. Vuckic has been out for a few weeks with a hand injury. He’s away on international duty at the moment. He was our most impressive player in pre season and was in line for the first team when he injured his hand against Fulham.

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  9. He’s another one who’s always bloody injured and revered at the same time!

    Let’s hope him and a certain HBA live up to the hype!

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  10. So many players that can play attacking midfield, its a shame we won’t see much of each of them on a regular basis 😕

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  11. Bit harsh on Haris and Hatem there mate. They’re probably our two most talented players . . . on the other hand you have a point. When the fcuk are we going to see that talent?

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  12. I agree re: injuries and revered. Too much pressure on Vukic. HBA has it all to prove to himself and to football in my eyes after such a bad injury, so not expecting foreworks from him in the next few months if ever. He needs to just be allowed to get on with regaining sharpness and confidence without the added pressure of being our new ‘messiah.’

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  13. Shamrock – you’re right there, Messiah’s a bit strong. But if Vuckic is ever going to make it then it’s this season. I remember his first season (after an injury) when he scored something like 19 in 23 games. He’s possibly, while playing AM, the best striker at the club! However, the injuries – serious ones have blighted his time since. I’m clinging to the hope that it’s something to do with growing – he’s a huge unit. Bit like Andy Murray, eventually he’ll find his true size and balance.

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  14. Yeah in fairness he was making (i think) his premier league debut when he got a freak injury so he’s obviously developing and rated by management. I remember an interview with pardew where he said he was told about this great talent when he first got the job but he was a little dubious as he’d heard nothing about him. Then, when he saw him in pre-season he was very pleased. He was ahead of abeid in the pecking order anyway and everyone is talking about him coming through this season so why not. I know he has more competition in his role but if we switch to playing 4411 regularly for ben arfa then maybe Pards wont want to change the system ben arfa is subbed off or injured so there is a perfect role for vukic to play in the side

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  15. Look forward to it Moreno. Moving on to Hatem – probably the biggest talent we’ve had since Pedro and then some. Messiah’s too strong but I can’t wait to see him hit form. I also share some of Toonsy’s worries (for which he was unfairly treat). What was Pardew up to against Wolves when he put crisp packet on instead of Hatem? It just didn’t make sense. Lover is weak, can’t hold the ball and in general is totally ineffective. HBA must have been boiling and the next thing I read he’s in Tunisia. Might all be innocent stuff but given his history . . . I want nothing to go wrong and him in the team instead of blundering Best!

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  16. Dubtoon – just what I want to see too. Hatem or Haris and only one oaf up front. Seriously rate Medhi too but was disappointed at his choice of Algeria. More ACN nonesense on the way!

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  17. The guy has played 6 games for us! Yes he was awesome, but has had a leg break that could well have ended his career. Why do we want to hinge the teams entire future success on one player? Like Pedro and then some?! Not for me. Similar yes, but has a long way to go before he is that sort of level. We dont even know if he is capable of stringing 5 games in a row together yet with anything like the same kind of pace, skill and confidence he had prior to the injury.
    As for ‘blundering’ Best, he has chipped in with a few goals already and draws defenders out of position, creating space for Ba, Obertan, Guti etc. He hassles and harasses and has a lot more to him than simply putting the ball in the back of the net. He is more of a poacher as his distance shooting is supect, but as soon as he learns to pass the ball on until he is in a more comfortable range – he will be deadly.
    HBA needs easing in gently. He may not ever be the same player again, lets just wait and see instead of making him the focal point of the club. We have plenty of others that can do a very good for us in the meantime as they have already shown…

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  18. Moreno – are you doing an article on Ben Arfa? I was just about to start one, but it thinks you have one in progress:?:

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  19. Moreno – I hope you’ve canvassed popular opinion before writing. Wouldn’t want to upset anyone now would we 😉

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  20. I think Pards is trying to convince Vukic to think about being a striker; he’s got all the qualities Judas had (note the tense there) but with fewer limitations. I think he’d be an excellent ‘reserve number 9’ from what little I’ve seen.

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  21. Shamrock, yeah mate it’s finished, maybe wait before you start one just in case I have covered same points. It’s not all about him.

    Sy, it’s finished anyway mate, have a read

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  22. Shamrock a lot of people think that Benny is going to be the best thing sinse sliced bread, and from what I can see they’re basing that on the one cracking game he had for us, but I can remember Pancrate had a cracking game and goal for us but never produced another.
    I do think Benny is going to be a good player for us but I will wait to see how he does over the season before saying he IS a cracker, but I still dont think he will be as good as Pedro

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  23. Right that’s my ticket bought for the Blackburn game.

    Hope he plays a strong side as I think we have a good chance of getting to the final.

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  24. Dave – Yes, there seems to be too much expectation on his shoulders. I genuinely hope he turns out to be all we hope for, but I dont expect it. He needs to be left to get on with it, but he has so much to prove with just the basics for starters – like managing to put a run of games together!

    Moreno – OK mate. I have a feeling your opinion will be much the same as mine, so am looking forward to reading it 😀

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