Newcastle United reached a pre-contract agreement with French club Le Havre for 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng last October and Wesley finally arrived on Tyne-side in early January.
Wesley Baheng – 18 year old French striker stand 6’4″ tall
Paris-born Wesley will of course follow in the footsteps of Magpies midfielder Charles N’Zogbia, who also joined from Le Havre as an 18 year-old, in August 2004. But there is difference in physique between the two as Wesley stands a massive 6’4″ to Charles’ 5’7″ frame, a small difference in height of 9″.
If Wesley is anything like Charles, then Newcastle will have a winner on their hands. 😀
Baheng’s move was a lot easier than N’Zogbia’s move turned out, since both clubs agreed a compensation package prior to the opening of last month’s transfer window. This is good in many respects because we have proved we can still do business with Le Havre, for future youngsters coming through at the club. We understand that Wesley has signed a 4.5 year deal at the club, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 21012 when he will still be only 22 years old.
That followed the uncomfortable business the first time around with N’Zogbia’s move. Needless to say we have been delighted with Charles at Newcastle, now we have the problem of trying to keep him at Newcastle over the summer, but still hope we can be successful with that.
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, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi all of whom speak French very fluently. This will hopefully assist Wesley to get acclimatized quickly at the club and he has already played in a couple of Reserve team games for us, and by all reports looks good. .
It’s really good to see young good players being recruited by the club. Bear in mind Wesley only turned 18 last September. When N’Zogbia came in September, 2004 he was the same age as Wesley is now, and was immediately challenging for a first team spot – and we had a good team under Bobby Robson at the time.
We are excited about the prospects of Wesley at Newcastle United, as we need a good strong striker at the club. We’ll have to see how he develops but for those people in Newcastle, it seems like our Reserve team and Youth team games are worth a visit to see some of these youngsters in action.
Welcome to Newcastle United, Wesley Ngo Baheng, and we wish him much success on Tyne-side in the seasons ahead.
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