Newcastle ball boy called ‘man of the match’ as sublime touch wows commentator
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A Newcastle United ball boy stole the show with an immaculate first touch at the side of the pitch.
Eddie Howe’s side ended a run of five consecutive Premier League matches without a win by overcoming Wolves 2-1 at St James Park. It was a much needed boost for the Magpies, who simultaneously breathed new life into their bid to finish in the top four.
However, while there was some very impressive football on display, one of the talking points of the contest was the soft feet of the Newcastle ball boy.
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The youngster, who is yet to be named, plucked a high ball out of the sky and nearly stopped it dead at the side of the pitch. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who was on commentary duty for the clash in the North East, even joked the youngster had earned himself some time in their post-match analysis.
“Wow,” the Champions League winner said while on the air. “I think we have to analyse whether his touch was better than [Joao] Moutinho’s.” Carragher was not the only one who was dazzled by the youngster’s close control.
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One fan said: "Man! That Newcastle ball boy really has a magical touch." A second agreed: "Man of the match so far."
A third posted: "Wolves have asked if they can bring the ball boy on at half time, as he’s done more than their team in 45 minutes."
A fourth said: "Sign that ball boy up, what a touch. A fifth concluded: "That ball boy looked better on the ball than any of the Wolves players."
Considering many Premier League ball boys are youngsters coming through the ranks of their youth teams and academies, it may not be outrageous to suggest the ball boy will be pulling the strings in the midfield within the next few years. If his other attributes are as smooth and reliable as his first touch, then Newcastle will have quite the player on their hands.
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