New Newcastle Signing On Display Tonight

Newcastle’s new signing today, 18 year-old 6’0” striker Wesley Ngo Baheng, will be on display tonight for the Newcastle Reserves against Sunderland at Kingston Park, with a 7:00 pm kick off.


Wesley Baheng – training with new club Newcastle today

The 18-year-old signed for Newcastle this morning after signing a pre-contract agreement with the club last October. Newcastle have already agreed terms with Wesley’s club Le Havre, so there’ll be no haggling as there was between the clubs when we signed Charles N’Zogbia 3 years ago.

At that time Charles was also an up-and-coming 18 year-old, and Bobby Robson had no hesitation in putting him straight into the first team squad. Charles has since turned out be an excellent acquisition for the club, and is a regular first-teamer and a French Under-21 International.

Stephen Carr will also make an appearance tonight as he returns from another long term injury. Also in the starting eleven are Andy Carroll and Kazenga LuaLua – both of whom were substitutes in Sunday’s FA Cup draw at Stoke City.

Seems like it could be a good game to go to watch to see some of Newcastle young stars in action against arch-rivals Sunderland.

Also in the starting line-up are 19 year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 17 year-old left-back Darren Lough, who played really well in pre-season against Juventus, and exciting local prospect 17 year old Mark Doninger, our England Under-17 international.


Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, Stephen Carr, Darren Lough, David Edgar, Callum Morris, Alex Francis, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Mark Doninger, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua, Jonny Godsmark.
Subs: Frank Wiafe Danquah, James Marwood, Alex Patterson, Patrick McLaughlin, Ryan Donaldson.

Trevor Carson, Robbie Weir, Ian Harte, Greg Halford, Russell Anderson, Peter Hartley, Jake Richardson, Liam Miller, Anthony Stokes, David Connolly, Ross Wallace
Subs: David Dowson, Gavin Donoghue, Jamie Chandler, Jordan Henderson

31 comments so far

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    hopefully this lad is a promising prospect. i like the idea of signing the youngn’s, although i imagine its more down to mort and ashley rather than bsa tbh.
    lua lua looked good coming forward with the ball against stoke, i think he should make an appearance at the home leg aswell tbh. maybe even given a run out against bolton, whats the worst that can happen.
    on another note, anyone seen on sky sports that martin laursen has said he’d be keen on a move to either us or spurs?
    from what i’ve seen of him he seems a decent defender, big and good in the air in both boxes. what does everyone think of him?

  • toonfan1

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    i wonder if diarra is actually brought in, could it be on loan because currently we do not have a good covering rightback with geremi and faye out in the african cup of nations competition and stephen carr not ready to play as he is injured and on the recovering process (not very good either) so i think he could come on loan with a view to a permentent move if he excels at the toon which means if he does well he will be ready to be signed up and if he does badly, not much money lost except through wages and we dont have to buy him which stops us from carrying players who wont play well for the club but i think having diarra on loan for the rest of the season is a more tactial approach and then the transfer if wanted- taken place in the summer transfer window. duno if u lot hav the same opinion?

  • Midjew

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Laursen really?? i really like and rate him done great this year

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    toonfan1 thats a good point. if wenger doesnt want to let him go immediatly, try for the loan deal with an option to sign should he play well. i dont think anyone can deny he’s a good talent and would definitly be a step up from both smith and butt.
    and yeah, if you head to sky sports then to the nufc section, its the top story on there, he said he would consider a move away from villa,should it be to us or spurs

  • Midjew

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5,19528,11661_3031331,00.html

    article aboubt laursen GET HIM he is BRILLIANT!!! Just wat we need, he would be cheap as his contract runs out AND he has premier league experince i would love that

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #6

    he apparently came out and said this fresh after news appeared that we were both interested. he said should the rumours be true both offers would appeal to him.

  • toonfan1

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    laursen is probably one of the most dangerous people when set pieces are taken. his headers are great and mostly on target. excuse me if im wrong but i think he has 5 goals in the premiership and that takes some beating for a defender to do in the premiership. solid at the back and good experience but my one concern if i was the manager is his injury problems. it hampered him for the last 3 seasons i think and this season is the only one where he has started nearly every game but i think everyone knows about our injuries so this is one concern for me and also his age- 30 is a bit on the old side. i would look for a centre back who is in the age bracket of 23-27 category who is proven at premier ship level.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #8

    He’ll extend his contract, he wants to, o’neil wants to, its done.

  • carl

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9

    looks like sams going for diarra and nolan for our centre mid,and laurson for our def. thoughts anyone?

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    diarra, i’ll take no problem. he’s a step up.
    laurson, if we could get him, would also be a worthy signature.
    noaln, no thank you.

  • Midjew

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11


  • Scott

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    going to this match tonight dont go to many reserve games but thought for a change i would being against sunderland and hving a fairly good team out it seems hope baheng does well might be better than the first team games at the moment anyways lol

  • toonfan1

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    scott- take some vids of baheng while he is playing plz and then post them on youtube. this will be great as he will be able to see how he is doing and also tell us how he played. thxs

  • Obafan

    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Laurson would be an excellent player to strengthen up our defence, but it will be very hard to get him, cause O’Neill is doing great work at Villa and he will extend his current contract.

    Nolan; we don’t need him at all. What a midfield will we have (Butt – Smith – Nolan – Milner); if this happens; let’s forget the beautiful football and we might be looking to play Stoke not only in the FA Cup.

    Diarra; would be good if we could loan him till the end and then he has to prove that we need to buy him.

    Arshavin; does anyone has got news on him???

    Diego??? Rated as best player in Bundesliga!!!


  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #15

    fred is being tracked by a couple of prem clubs, and we’re not one of them. i think man city might be keeping an eye on him.
    diego like you say is probably the best player in the bundesliga right now, i could be wrong but i thought he was voted best player in the first half of the bundesliga this season or something?
    i havent heard anything of carvalho for a while sadly 🙁

  • JoshI

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Arshavin? He is becoming increasingly quiet.

  • Pete

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Can’t we just get some loan players. It is a bad idea to buy January and we are overreacting with regards to the African cup

  • Obafan

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Ross – you are right Diego is voted the best player and deserves so too. I think he is too high fos us ATM.

    I’m a bit worried abotu the Arshavin situation, if we wanted to buy him, we defo should launched a bid by now.. Oh yes, SA prefers Nolan to make a bid for 🙁

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Err, some person on skysports said we were interested in signing Mariga, quality player but i dont have a clue where he got that from, there is no indication we will + he plays for Parma not Helsingborgs, its unsure if hes on loan at Parma or there permanently.

    As for the Arshavin debarkle i have a feeling we approached him but as he is Putin’s favourite player hes probably got the KGB shooting all our scouts and reps.

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #20

    aye sadly the arshavin swoop is seemingly none existant.
    if we were gonna make a move for him, surely something would have been mentioned by now, if not the move to sign him already made.
    looks like sam feels nolan is a more fitting figure for our midfield. shame really, no doubt he’ll end up in premiership eventually.
    and i agree Obafan, as much as i’d love to see diego come to the toon and light up our game, i think he’s just too big a prospect for us atm.
    he is very talented, and in the current state, we’re just not attractive enough.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I still don’t believe the Nolan thing myself. If Sam really wanted him he’d have gone for him in the summer.

    As for Arshvain he is the Barton of Russian football. He is currently banned for playing for his club side, and Hiddink said he won’t be picking him for the national side in the next few games.

    Diego would be amazing but we would have to break the bank to get him. At least £20-25 million. And if he didn’t adapt to the speed of the Premiership just imagine how much stick the board would get.

    Plus I don’t think Mort has any real interest in spending much money this month. He said players are overvalued in Jan and its best to wait till the summer. He doesn’t want quick fixes. He wants the right players and ones that will be here for 5 years.

    The player we all seem to be in agreement about is an attacking midfielder. Well how about stick Duff on the left wing, and give the attacking central midfield slot to NZogbia? It doesn’t cost us anything and Charlie boy would get to cause havoc by running at defenders. Certainly a preferred option surely until the summer.

  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 8, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Diarra = Mini-Mac, a.k.a. Def Mid, NOT RB (might do a job there but come on people lets not give the fat bastard any ideas)

  • Dingo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Right, just got back from Kingston Park and the first half of the reserve match…

    Wesley was on from the start and took the left wing position for the first 25 mins, where he did not see much of the ball. When he did he looked quite lively. Around the half hour mark he took a more central position with young Carroll and this seemed to suit him much better. With the ball at his feet he seemed more than in control and showed good awareness to slide a cheeky through ball onto the right boot of Lua Lua who shot wide. He is in the mould of Charles N’Zogbia, which is not that unusual considering that he came from Le Harve as well.

    Once he settles into the team I am sure his confidence with increase and we will see some good things from this French youngster. Nice one NUFC more of the same please.

    As for the rest of the match…. Godsmark scurried up and down the right wing to little effect, as the diminutive (hes a dwarf!!) forward was bullied off the ball by the mackum back 4.

    Carroll again showed promise as he controlled the ball from a Godsmark cross and shot just wide of the right post from an acute angle. Also looking good was Lua Lua, making jinking runs through the mackum midfield but lacked the last ball.

    Carr was also on from the start and led a shoddy looking back four for the reserves, but in fairness he looked bright and sharp and will be looking to give Sam some choices for RB.

    Sunderland however had more attacking chances and went 1-0 up on 24 mins from some cack handed defending. 1 minute later they also hit the angle as Forster languished in the 6yrd box. Conditions were firking freezing and blustery wind did not help the game at all.

  • true

    Jan 8, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Dingo excellent report, you could co right this site with Ed 🙂

  • Leo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    anyone know anything of the end score in that match?

  • wozza

    Jan 8, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #26

    official site has a report up, we lost 3-1 our goal was an own goal.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 8, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #27

    av just heard a whisper 3 sunderland players have failed ramdom drugs tests ian heart is 1 ov them

  • Dingo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I did take some video on a small Canon Ixus but its all grainy and shite….. next time I will take a better camera!

  • Leo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #29

    big pea on the web, is that a joke, i didnt get it if it is…?

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    its not a joke it realy has happend

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Allegedly Ian Harte, Greg Halford and Anthony Stokes are the Sunderland 3.


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