NEWCASTLE United teenager Remie Streete has been backed to come back stronger from his spell on the sidelines.
The South Tynesider – who had surgery on his ankle this week – faces several months in the treatment room.
However, reserve-team coach Willie Donachie has every confidence Streete will bounce back from the blow.
“Yes, he’s going to be out for a while,” Donachie told the Gazette.
“It’s disappointing for him at his age, but he’ll be a good player.
“We’ve known for a couple of years how good he is. It’s about him staying patient, and him keeping on working.
“That’s the key to everything. If their attitude is right, and they are prepared to grow up, they become good players.” The 17-year-old, from South Shields, has been tipped by Alan Pardew, along with striker Adam Campbell, to push for a first-team place over the next couple of seasons.
However, the dividing line between success and failure is a fine one.
“Lionel Messi’s the hardest working player in the world, and the best player in the world,” Donachie added.
“If you have the two ingredients then you will be a success.
“It’s down to lads like Nile (Ranger) and Remie to show how much they want it.”
* A coach is being run from The Clock in Hebburn to Newcastle United’s clash with West Brom on Sunday.
The bus will leave the pub, on Victoria Road East, at 8am.
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