Alzate produced an assured performance against the Magpies, and is now eager to establish himself in Graham Potter’s plans after getting his first taste of top-flight action.
He said, “It was an amazing feeling and a dream come true for me, every kid growing up wants to play in the Premier League. I’ve done that today and I’m thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully there are many more games to come.
“I found out that I was playing an hour and a half before kick-off when we had the team meeting. I saw my name in the starting 11 and from then onwards I was thinking about what I was going to do with the ball.
“I played right-wing back before, so left-wing back wasn’t too different. I was just on the other side and I was happy to play there, but I’ll play anywhere. Ideally I’d like to play in midfield, but I’ll play wherever the manager wants me and I’ll do a job.”
The 21-year-old spoke about the reaction from those closest to him after news broke of his Premier League debut, and explained how Graham’s Potter’s trust in youngsters has given every academy player the belief they can break into the first team.
“All my family and friends are buzzing for me and I told as many as I could before the game. I’m sure they’re proud of me.
“The manager likes to bring in younger players, which is very good for us, but we’ve got to pay it back with performances.
“I need to keep working hard as it’s only the beginning for me. It’s very encouraging, not just for the players involved, but also the ones coming through the academy.”
Albion were unfortunate only to claim a point following a dominant performance at St James’ Park, but Alzate feels it is only a matter of time before the side gain the rewards for their efforts.
“We want to finish as high as possible. We feel like we’re playing well, but we want to pick up results now and need to be ruthless. I feel that it will take care of itself if we continue to play like we did today.”