Newcastle striker reveals his goal after making loan switch

Newcastle United's Lewis McNall feels he's ready to make the step up to senior football.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 1:25 pm

The teenager made his debut for loan club Gateshead this week.

McNall – whose father Keith played up front for the Tynesiders – came off the bench in Tuesday night's 1-1 National League draw against Woking at the International Stadium.

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And the striker – who scored 28 goals in 36 games for United at youth level – is keen to get up and running.

Asked about his debut, McNall said: "Difficult. Obviously, Under-23 football's a lot different. It's a lot more physical (in the National League).

"I'm getting used to the surroundings and the physicality, and I think I should cope better in the weeks to come.

"I'm an out-and-out striker. I'd say main threat is when I'm in and around the box. I love scoring goals. That's what I thrive on.

"I've scored quite a few goals for the youth team, so hopefully I can take that into senior football."

Gateshead are managed by former Newcastle utility player Steve Watson, who made his senior debut aged 16.

"He knows what it's like to be a young player," said McNall.

"He was one of the youngest players ever to play for Newcastle. He'll help me a lot, and it'll be all good in my development."

McNall admits he has "big boots to fill" at Gateshead.

The 18-year-old said: "My dad used to play (for Gateshead) – he's tells me he's a club legend! When we heard about the offer, he said I had big boots to fill.

"I'm excited to be here, and I just want to get going and score a few goals."

Click on the video above for an interview with Lewis McNall courtesy of Gateshead FC