Newcastle’s young stars fell to an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland at the weekend.
The Academy (Under 18s) side have now only one win in 13 games, going back to April. They are bottom of the league.
The reserves are doing no better, only one win in their last 11 matches, and they are second bottom of the second division of the reserve league set-up.
Whilst Newcastle have gone for Spanish players in the first team as well as some in the younger age groups, Sunderland have got a couple of young Swedish players.
One of them is 17 year old Benjamin Kimpioka and the right winger now has eight goals in his last five games, including his latest against Newcastle. He also got an assist and won the penalty from which Sunderland scored the other goal.
He has been telling the media back in Sweden just how well things are going for the Mackems and how it was ‘important’ to beat Newcastle.
Benjamin Kimpioka speaking to Fotboll Direkt:
“It was an important match for us to win and it has been so good for me lately.
“I have scored eight goals in the last five games and that strengthens self-confidence.
“I have got a lot of confidence from the coach in every match and we felt that on Saturday.
“I made a simple goal when I played the ball back, then I won a penalty when I was tackled from behind in a counter attack, then I scored a goal. It was a good achievement.”
Benjamin Kimpioka has also been training sometimes with the Sunderland first team:
“They are good players.
“One thinks about the speed and the difficultys of the passes. Everything goes so much faster there.”
How is social life for you in Sunderland?
“I’ve been here for six months now, so now I’ve got friends and got to know my teammates, so I’m fine here.
“I understand people who say it’s better to stay in Sweden, but the important thing is what you think feels right. For my part, I have gone my own way and wanted to come abroad, but it is from my perspective.”