With the acquisition of 5 top teenagers at Newcastle last month, we can now boast that we have some top teenagers at the club.
Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan – some top youngsters now at Newcastle
When Chairman Chris Mort completed his strategic overview of the club, one of his findings was that we didn’t have enough up and coming youngsters just below the first team, and aged between 17 and 20 years old.
One of his other major findings was that it would be helpful to have a football man to advise the Newcastle board, on things happening and things that need to happen at the club.
So in January a few things happened to put all this into operation:
- Chris appointed Dennis Wise to be Executive Director of Football to assist the Board on football-related matters. He will also work closely on player recruitment for Kevin Keegan, and try to secure the players Keegan identifies. He will also bring players to Keegan to see what he thinks about them – and take it from there if Kevin gives the OK.
- Tony Jimenez was hired as Vice President of Player Recruitment, and Jeff Vetere was given the position of Technical Co-ordinator, and joined us from Real Madrid . It will be their job to scour the world for talent for both young and experienced players
- We recruited 5 top youngsters to the club, four were 17 years old and one was 18 years old.
They were Ben Tozer, Wesley Baheng, Tamas Kadar, Fabio Zamblera and Ole Soderberg.
So the strategy that Chris Mort has put in place for the club has started, and weve seen some benefits – and we’ll see more benefits of this in the summer. We expect at least 6 senior signings then, plus at least 3 more youngsters coming into the club.
When you also include some of the youngsters we already have at the club, here’s a list of the top 10 teenagers we have at Newcastle United right now:
Player Age Position Nationality Ole Soderburg 17 G Sweden Tamas Kadar 17 CB Hungary Ben Tozer 17 LB England Kazenga Lua Lua 17 M DR Congo Fabio Zamblera 17 S Italy Wesley Baheng 18 S France Mark Doninger 18 M England Andrew Carroll 19 S England Tim Krul 19 G Holland Fraser Forster 19 G England
We think this is all very impressive, but it’s only a start. We’re looking forward to updating this list, and also having a separate senior signings list, when the August transfer market closes at midnight on August 31st. We cannot wait.
In the next few days we’ll have pieces on each of these youngsters, so that Newcastle fans will know these lads are at the top of the tree for their ages.
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