Newcastle After 15 year-old English Striker

Newcastle United, Arsenal and West Ham are today reported to be after Gillingham youngster Luke Freeman, according to the club’s manager Mark Stimson.


Mark Stimson – Gillingham manager expects 15 year-old to move to top club

Luke is just 15 years old and has made three substitute appearances for the Gills, and became the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup when he featured in the first round defeat at Barnet recently. Manager Stimson rates him at between £200K and £300K and talked about the young striker today:

“Luke had a fantastic day at Newcastle and Arsenal.” “He is going to West Ham to have a look around. He will then make a decision.”

“Those clubs will speak to our chairman (Paul Scally) and something might come of that,”

“I think he will be moving on, but only if that is right for this football club. It has to be attractive for us because he is a talent.”

Recently when Gills manager Stimson introduced the 15 year-old to the first team squad, he had this to say about the youngster and the senior strikers at the club:

“You have to think about those senior players.” “How would you feel about a 15-year-old boy taking your place? What would you do? I know what I would do, but we’re all different.”

“Fair credit to Luke, he doesn’t look out of place and his age doesn’t come into it.” “Once he’s out on that pitch with the senior players he’s as bright as any of them and that’s really encouraging to see.”

Newcastle are following the Arsenal blueprint of recruiting the world best players at a young age, in the hope the players will develop into star players as they complete their development at the Tyneside club. As we have mentioned before, this was a policy tried by Sir Bobby Robson and he was successful in recruiting James Milner, Steven Taylor and Charles N’Zogbia to the club.

Milner and N’Zogbia were signed when they were both 18 years old, James coming from Leeds United and Charles coming from French Club Le Havre. Steven Taylor was signed when he was 17 years old and of course is a local lad. But all three are now first team regulars and all play for their countries at the Under-21 level, with Steven being Captain of the England team.

So it can work if our scouts are good enough to pick out the young talent, but that is never easy. But we are always pleased to hear stories about Newcastle trying to recruit these top youngsters, because that will auger very well for the future of the club. Luke was born in March 1992 in Dartford, England. Arsenal are said to be confident he will sign for them.

These stories always give us some refuge from our current team’s form, and allows us to look at the future, which we are sure will come from our youngsters. We are still hoping that future will be rosy. 😀

Comments very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • G.

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    And why is that? For Allardyce to play him as a midfielder? or why not as a goalkeeper?

    Hope Mort & Ashley decide soon.. Cause i’ve lost my patience with Sam.

  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Tho im a great supporter of getting the talent while they are still young, i have to say that way too many seems to be strikers or left backs.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see some our ex-players share a hairdresser. First Gavin Peacock, now Stimmo..

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #4

    if he’s any sesne he’d goto arsenal to work with all the other wonderkids and learn as much as he could in the next 3 years , then look for a team where he’s not on the bench .

  • Chris

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    What happened about this Ben Tozer who was supposedly signing for us. I haven’t heard of him yet putting pen to paper.

  • Pete

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Whos our current scouting staff then?

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris :I think both Tozer and Wesley Ngo Baheng are on pre contract and will sign once Jan comes around.

    If this emphasis on youth signings is a Sam Allardyce idea, I’ll take my hat off and congratulate him on that, if not a lot else.

    Remember we had an academy manager who couldn’t hack it as a first team boss in the shape of Roeder. Maybe we should Allardyce in the opposite direction :0)

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Pete: Dont know who is scouting for the youth. I do know we have a great daft lump / useless ex Sunderland centre forward now scouting in Eastern Europe (Vic Halom)

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #9

    so this is our new cb then, a 15 year old striker, nice one allashite

  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Arsenal or West Ham would be the best choice for him. We are in too bad a shape at the minute

  • Hammy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #11

    We must have some academy if we are snapping up everyone else’s kids……kind of defeats it’s purpose….

  • Leo

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #12

    ur right ed these stories are great to take our minds of out terrible form atm. anyone want to borrow my ticket for the chelsea game, dont think i want to go… joking.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #13

    With Barton in the clink making our luck is turning.
    Chealsea line up

    Beye, Taylor, Capaca, Enrique

    I’d rather have Viduka or Duff up front but Smith sucked someone off cause despite playing like shit we cant get him off the team.

  • Bill f

    Dec 28, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Leo no one has actually thrown their season ticket at Sam yet, so it could be a chance to cast your vote, in a manner of speaking. 😉

  • Adrian Swall

    Dec 28, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Sat, Dec 29: Chelsea v Newcastle, 15:00
    Wed, Jan 2: Newcastle v Man City, 19:45
    Sun, Jan 6, FA Cup: Stoke v Newcastle, 18:00
    Sat, Jan 12: Man Utd v Newcastle, 17.15
    Sat, Jan 19: Newcastle v Bolton, 17.15
    Mon, Jan 21: Allardyce sacked, 12:30
    Tues, Jan 29: Arsenal v Newcastle, 19:45pm


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