There is news today from Sky Sports that Newcastle United are monitoring Levski Sofiaâ€™s 21 year-old Bulgarian striker Valeri Domovchiyski.
Valeri is rated one of the best young prospects to emerge from Bulgaria in recent years, and he made his professional debut when he was just 17 years old, for his hometown club Marista Plovdiv.
Valeri Domovchiyski - one of the outstanding young players in Bulgaria
When he turned 18 he was acquired by Levski Sofia, and finished last season with 18 goals in just 26 games. Valeri has started well again this season and is already top-scorer in Bulgaria with seven goals in just 11 matches. The Magpies are monitoring a number of young up and coming prospects and will take a closer look at Domovchiyski this week. Valeri is due to play for Bulgaria against England Under 21s on Friday evening, before facing Ireland next week. Newcastle stars Steven Taylor and James Milner, another two 21 year-olds will also play in the England game.
Levski’s financial director Konstantin Bazdekov confirmed that Newcastle were planning to be in attendance.
“It’s true that a scout from Newcastle wanted to watch our last match,”
“But I cannot confirm Domovciyski is their target.”
Last summer both Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon tried to get the young Bulgarian but failed to agree terms. Not surprisingly, there are now a number of clubs said to be after the young Bulgarian, who stands 5′ 10″ tall.
Domovchiyski played a total of 21 games for Maritsa Plovdiv scoring 8 goals. He has played 107 times for Levski Sofia in total, scoring 50 goals, and has already played for the full Bulgarian side. In 128 first class games he has scored 58 goals, not a bad striking record for a 21 year old. Not a bad striking record for a striker of any age. Shades of Alan Shearer
Domovchiyski has been part of the Levski team that twice won the Bulgarian Championship in seasons 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Levski also won two Bulgarian Cups in 2005 and 2007, and also won the Bulgarian Supercup in those same years.
Here’s Valeri’s career stats in the league with the goals scored.
Season Team Games Goals
2003-2004 Maritsa Plovdiv 21 8 2004-2005 Levski Sofia 15 10 2005-2006 Levski Sofia 24 12 2006-2007 Levski Sofia 26 18 2007-2008 Levski Sofia 11 7 97 55
This boy certainly seems to have the knack of scoring goals and is yet another top youngster Newcastle have been linked with over the last couple of months. It’s obvious that Newcastle are following the Arsenal blueprint, of scouring the world for top talent and bringing them in to develop them to full stardom (hopefully) at the club. We hope to have at least 3-4 top youngsters join the club in January.