By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
This week's 5-1 win over Southampton took Newcastle to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie believes several of his players will have caught the eye of the club's senior staff.
John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were all at Whitley Park on Monday night to witness the five-star show against the Saints, while Alan Pardew was at the 2-1 win away to Aston Villa two weeks previously.
And, after Adam Campbell's sparkling performances in those two games earned him a place on the bench for Thursday's Europa League group clash with Brugge, Donachie hopes others will follow his route into the first-team squad.
The Magpies are top of the National Group Two with four wins and a draw from seven games, with midfielder Bradden Inman among those to have impressed with six goals already.
Mehdi Abeid has two goals in his last two appearances, Curtis Good has been a reliable figure at the heart of defence while even forgotten man Xisco hit a hat-trick on Monday to give the manager some food for thought.
Carver in particular is a regular at under-21 games and Donachie is confident that the assistant boss will like what he's seen so far this term.
"I think so," said the former Scotland international who, along with Football Development Manager Peter Beardsley, has helped the likes of Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi to progress into the senior set-up over the last few months.
"Even Adam (Campbell) - as I keep saying there's a long way to go, but it can only breed confidence when they're scoring goals and creating chances.
"They've all got a lot to do but John must be pleased with what he sees and hopefully we continue against the better teams."
The under-21s' next league game is away to Tottenham on Saturday, 3rd November.