Tozer First – Striker Wesley Ngo Baheng Next

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 didn’t play for long last night, they both acquitted themselves well, and didn’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. James’ 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 that’s where he will end up.

We’ll keep you up to date on the moves the club are making for these youngsters, as we think it’s an important part of guaranteeing future success at the club.

Comments very welcome.

68 comments so far

  • Pete

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    So the team in 5 years:

    GK: Krul/ ?

    LB: Enrique/Tozer
    RB: ?/?
    CB: Taylor / ?
    CB: Edgar(?) / ?

    MR: Milner / Troisi
    ML: Zogs / ?
    DMC: ? / ?
    AMC: LuaLua / ?

    ST: Martins / ?
    ST: Carroll / ?

  • Parky93

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    i am so glad we have got this guy he has great potential. He has a good future at newcastle

  • Pete

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Whatever happened to young Huntington ?

  • Plom

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Huntington signed for Leeds back in summer I think..

  • adam

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    huntingtons gone to leeds.

  • daniel

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    we sold him pete

  • Chris

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Huntington went to Leeds Pete! Hopefully we’ll keep signing younguns and start seeing the benefit in a few years time.

  • Drago

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #8

    sold to Leeds

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    whats the point in signig under 18s to play in the reserves we need good experienced players .tozers not even highly rated by swindon fans

  • Tripp

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if Mort has read MoneyBall? Wenger has, I bet.

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #11

    safc loyal fans…… 20000……………….WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #12

    whats MoneyBall?

    baheng fast? i think i remember someone saying he was

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    more like 200 safc loyal fans…. 40000 local mackams that have nothing better to do… haha

    i cant fault the mackams today, had to pick someone up in sunderland today, and on the way through ma breaks locked up. took it to the vw garage there and they were really good, coffee biscuits and tele while i waited for them to fix and change my rear break pads, they then said they would do a whole car diagnostics for free and didnt even charge me for the break disks, because i do alot of driving i have done over the 60,000 mile warrenty in less than two years…

    this is the only time i will say thank you to a muckum

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    lets hope baheng is as talented as zog

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #15

    although that maybe why sunderland is a shithole… business 101… charge customers for a service and product….

    do without and your profits will be inexistent…

    god im making this story look like a car blog haha

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Never seen Baheng, hes never played for their first team.

  • Pete

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Wonder why Wenger hasn’t snapped Baheng up.. It’s hard to believe he won’t have heard of him

    Isn’t Le Harve the club that we had legal trouble with? Think they would want to do business with us again?

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    how old is baheng

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19


  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    We need top players too. But this is the start of a policy that copies Arsenal in trying to get top players while they are still young.
    We still need to sign first teamers – think of two sets of players – the youngsters and players like Wes Brown who go straight into the first team.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    The difference being Ed that wenger will turn his youngsters in to world beaters. sam will crush the life out of them

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Nick – I know – there’s 2 things
    1) spotting world class youngsters and Wenger does that very very well
    2) developing world class youngsters – and we have no track record of that unfortunately
    Anyway – I’d rather we do it – than not.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #23

    John – Baheng turned 18 last September 23rd.

  • valle

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Do anyone actually know how good these kids are?… I hear words being used such as wonderkid, but i know nothing about them.

  • valle

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Pete… Wonder why Wenger never signed Zog, its hard to beleive he hadnt heard of him… Or is there actually a chance that one of the millions of young footballers can get past Wengers nose?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed – Why have you got a picture of Nelson, when your meant to have one of Baheng!

    Nelson is 5ft 7 or something Baheng is a 6ft 4’er

  • steve

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    This has got to be a good strategy, it’s just like any decent venture capitalist would do.

    Invest in 10 talented kids cheaply, if one of them turns out great you’ve made your total outlay back and maybe more, if anothers good and a couple average you can sell them and make a huge profit on your initial investment.
    Can’t believe this was Sams idea, it’s got Mort and Ashleys stamp all over it – just good business sense

  • Mac

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah I’m happy with the arrival of a promising youngster but what is going on? The transfer window has been open for a week now and all we’ve mustered is a rejected bid for Wes Brown. What happened to all the work Sam and his scouts were meant to be putting in over the early part of the season,where’s our attacking creative midfielder???? Are we gonna get 1 god i hope so

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29

    The reason for these buys is that Ashley maybe looking to invest in cheap players so he can sell them on for a few million in years to come. They might not even play much for us.

  • lewis carr

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #30

    newcastlw will make two proper signings within the next 14 days 1st will be wes brown (deal agreed)the other will be a creative midfielder,shola will sign for sunderland boeteng will sign for boro

  • Ashton

    Jan 7, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah this is Nelson the portuguese RB not Baheng !

  • joel

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Wesley Ngo Baheng does anyone got any info about his scoring record or his apperances for his french club

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #33

    boeteng plays for the smoggies

  • dylan2k7

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    peter beardsley will hopefully turn him in to a top player probablies why lualua looks like a very good player

  • Mac

    Jan 7, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Deal agreed. How may i ask do you know this Lewis? if the deal was agreed we would see Wes and his Orange hair holding a Black and White shirt for the cameras. We desperately need an attacking mid fielder and another defender including Wes brown come on Cashley back our manager back your team team please

  • Jeremy9

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Moneyball is a book written by a general manager for a major league baseball team with less spending money than most teams and that drafted players (usually starting pitchers) that were likely to be worth a lot when they were older, and then trade them in their prime for other players. He also paid much attention to stats and much less attention to physical attributes unlike many of his fellow managers.

    It is baseball but it does apply to a football club in England i think. Tell you what I also think, we need a center mid badly, two of them. It’s kind of sad but an email written for the football365 website, the first one listed in the mailbox, consists of someone writing about how bad Alan Smith is. It’s true. Seriously, is Mike AShley making Sam make him captain???

  • Steeley

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Does anyone else think that the picture of Tozer looks like he’s a spaz! He’s got a right Joey Deacon face on!!

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    it would take ages to get a scouting network as good as arsenals because they have 6 or 7 scouts for the same player and they all have to agree that they are good before wenger thinks about signing them.

  • Murvar

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Thanks for the big welcome,Steeley. You’re no picture yourself.

    Ben Tozer

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #40

    steeley, definately agree he doesnt look the sharpest tool in the box


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