It was good to see that Newcastle have opened the gates to some excellent new youngsters coming to the club, with the signing today of 17 year-old Ben Tozer.
Ben Tozer – proud and excited to be at Newcastle United
This is some good news and hopefully the start of some great young players being drafted into the club, from all over the world. We are not doing too good at the first team level right now, but we have to push on and bring these young players into our system. Only then will we have a pipeline of great young talent coming through the club.
It was also good to see two teenagers brought on last night in Andrew Carroll and Kazenga Lua Lua. While they didnâ€™t play for long last night, they both acquitted themselves well, and didnâ€™t exactly look out of place in the team. 17 year-old Lua Lua in particular caught the eye on his debut for the club. We’ve seen Andy before, and he always looks good to us.
We also have two excellent young 19 year-old goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, who is currently on a very successful full season loan spell at Falkirk. Tim’s had some rave reports coming from Scotland on his performances, and Big Sam only yesterday commented on how well Tim had been doing on loan.
We also expect Newcastle to be announcing the capture shortly from Le Havre of 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng. In mid-October the Northern Echo reported that Newcastle had come to a pre-contract agreement with the youngster, and that thee contracts would be signed in January.Baheng joined Le Havre as a trainee in 1999, and is regarded as one of the rising stars of French football and will easily fit in at St. Jamesâ€™ Park since we already have N’Zogbia, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi – who all with French as their first language. This will help Wesley get acclimatized quickly at the club.
However, it looks like we may have missed out on another one of our other young targets. The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal have beaten off competition from West Ham United and Newcastle United to land to sign 15 year-old Gillingham youngster Luke Freeman.
Freeman became the youngest player to play in the FA Cup earlier this season when he appeared during Gillingham’s 2-1 first round defeat to Barnet, aged just 15 years, 233 days. Luke had said earlier that Arsenal was his preferred choice of clubs and it looks like thatâ€™s where he will end up.
Weâ€™ll keep you up to date on the moves the club are making for these youngsters, as we think itâ€™s an important part of guaranteeing future success at the club.
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