"But the Premiership is a tough place to come and straight away make an impact in a side at 22 years of age. He's still getting settled.
"There's so much to manage - the moving, the size of the club, the understanding of the area, family, weather . . .
"At some clubs, these players are fetched in and you don't see them for six months. At Newcastle they have to play.
"I like him a lot. I think he's got a lot going for him."