Over the summer a lot of Newcastle United supporters were left disappointed when funds weren’t made available and the club failed to bring in cover at full-back. Typically, DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo then suffered injuries and the fans have been desperate to see young Jamie Sterry given his chance. Fans can read some of Sterry’s comments on the Newcastle website.
Defender @JamieSterry2 hopes his performance for the under-23s in last night's 5-0 win over Sunderland might have caught the eye of boss Rafa Benítez.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 21, 2018
The young full-back claimed he was disappointed to have been left out of Newcastle’s matchday squad against Cardiff City and he looks to have proved a point with his performance against Sunderland’s U23 side when he helped towards the 5-0 win for The Magpies in the Premier League 2. Now, it looks like Rafa Benitez made a mistake by not including him in the squad for the Cardiff clash.
When Javier Manquillo was subbed at halftime with an injury the fans would all have been left frustrated that Sterry wasn’t on the bench. Instead, Benitez had to rely on Isaac Hayden to fill in at right-back and after just 21 minutes of action Harden had received his marching orders for a nasty challenge that gave the referee no choice but to brandish the red card. The fans, though, are of the belief that if Sterry was called upon they would have finished the match with the full 11.
You can read the fans calls for Sterry here:
He needs to play he is absolutely good enough.
— Rob G (blue tick pending) (@shearersbuddy) August 21, 2018
Get in the first team lad!
— Keiron Boswell (@BoswellKeiron) August 21, 2018
Deserves a chance. Hopefully see him play against forest. Got a great attitude!
— Ashley Skelton (@SkeltonAsh) August 21, 2018
Play him, better than both the others and he’s a Geordie
— Louise (@wessas68) August 21, 2018
Why play Longstaff, Sterry and Roberts in pre season who all played well and then play Joselu and Manquillo ahead of them! Talk about de motivation
— Paul allan (@Paulall10592775) August 21, 2018
— Matt (@GeordieWalrus) August 22, 2018
A lot of fans want to see Sterry in the senior squad and if he keeps knocking on the door it seems like it will be just a matter of time.