Revealed that Tyrique Bartlett has been training with Newcastle first team
Tyrique Bartlett signed a three year Academy deal with Newcastle United in January 2017.
Now turned 18, the son of former striker Shaun Bartlett is loving life on Tyneside.
The teenage South African striker was one of a host of young players brought in from around the World by Rafa Benitez to strengthen below the first team and hopefully supply the odd first team player in the future.
It was revealed this week that a host of younger Newcastle players won’t be offered new contracts but just maybe one or two of Rafa’s younger recruits brought in last season will break that recurring theme.
In an interview with Soccer Laduma, a South African media organisation, it has been revealed that despite being only 18, Tyrique Bartlett got his chance to train with the Newcastle first team this week.
Tyrique Bartlett speaking to Soccer Laduma:
“At first it was really tough, getting used to everything (when I first arrived at Newcastle), like the culture and the way they train.
“They way they condition themselves here is really different as well.
“Right now I’m getting used to being a real professional footballer.
“Before I was playing football but studying as well, now it’s just football, football. I feel like I’ve adjusted well and I’m hoping to take my opportunity whenever it’s given.
Tyrique Bartlett on getting his chance to train with the NUFC first team:
“The game is very quick and more physical as well, but I feel like I’ve done well. I’m really excited for what the future holds.
“When the head coach is wanting to see your progress or whether you can be used either now or going forward…
“He (Rafa Benitez) has been really good.
“We haven’t spoken that much, but when we do, it’s all encouragement and advice.
“Even from the other players… When I came in I expected things to be a little bit hostile, but they were all very welcoming.
“If you do something wrong they’ll get on your back, but as long you work hard then they love it.”
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