18 year old Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen has now stepped up to regular training with the first team.

Arriving as a sixteen year old from Metz in 2013, Olivier Kemen turns nineteen in July but is still to get a taste of first team action.

There were reports in January that Charlton and French clubs Toulouse and Valenciennes wanted to take Kemen on loan, with the player also saying he wanted to go out temporarily, though nothing came of it.

Olivier Kemen has captained the French Under 19 team and was the only one of Newcastle’s players to emerge with any credit from the reserve team’s 3-1 defeat by Morpeth on Tuesday night.

Afterwards Peter Beardsley said;

“He is a powerful lad and obviously has ability but he has to learn to get the ball back.

“When he runs with the ball he looks like a proper player but there are two sides to the game and he has to do both sides.

“At the moment he trains with the first team a lot and eventually he will get it.”

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