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Loan player says he only has eyes on playing for Newcastle first team despite comments

5 years ago

After a man of the match performance at the weekend, loan boss Nathan Jones said that man of the match Alex Gilliead was a ‘thoroughbred’ and Premier League star of the future, plus he’d love to buy him permanently.

The 20 year old Newcastle winger has said that whilst it is always nice to hear comments such as those from the Luton Manager, he only has eyes on longer term making it into the Newcastle first team.

Speaking about his time so far at Luton, Alex Gilliead gives it the Geordie thumbs up, saying everybody has been ‘dead canny’, with Luton’s style of play suiting him with quick counter-attacking.

After the way he played at Notts County on Saturday, travelling Luton fans were comparing Alex Gilliead’s dribbling skills to those of past NUFC legends such as Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle.

The 20 year old says that he knows the likes of Waddle, Gazza and Beardsley were class in their playing days because of what his uncle and grandad have told him (ED: How old does that make you feel???).

As for his next move, Alex Gilliead says he will be sitting down with Newcastle and talking about that ahead of his loan running out at Luton in January.

Alex Gilliead after getting rave reviews from Luton boss Nathan Jones, speaking to Luton on Sunday:

“You can’t let them get to you too much. It’s obviously nice to hear it and it’s nice for people to say it, but I’ve got to keep my head down and keep working hard because I want to be in Newcastle’s first team.

“Putting in performances, like the manager says, I just need to keep doing that and getting recognised by the fans and from managers like Nathan.

“All the lads, staff and fans have been dead canny with me and all alright. Coming down here suits my type of play. Nathan wants to keep the ball, counter attack and go quick, so I’m enjoying it.

I’ll have to speak to Newcastle to see what they want me to do (In January when current loan ends), because I’m their player.

“I’ve obviously been in contact with Nathan and Luton and I’ll just decide when the time comes and when we’re all happy to sit down and talk about it.

“I speak to one of the Newcastle under-21 coaches quite a bit. He’s always messaging me, asking how I’m doing and keeping on top of it. He talks a lot to other coaches throughout the league and just gets to know what I’ve been doing.”

Coming from Newcastle, the aim was just to play games and get 90 minutes under my belt.

“I’m over the moon to be playing. When I first came and I wasn’t playing I just had to keep my head down and show, in training and when I came on, what I can do.

“I’m more than happy now to be in that starting 11. Coming into a team that I think was top of the league when I came, so I wasn’t expecting to go straight in. The manager spoke to me and said, ‘it’s going to be a bit of a frustrating time for you, but just keep your head’. I just had to keep my head down in training, get on with it and just force my way into the team.

“I wasn’t around when they (Waddle, Beardsley, Gazza) were playing but my uncle and my granddad have told me a lot about them. Peter Beardsley is my coach at Newcastle and I know what a class player he was.

“I just like to get the ball and run and I think a few Newcastle players used to do that, so it’s just the way I play.”


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