With the good news today that we may be trying to get Eren Derdiyok, the 20 year old Swiss Striker, we could do a lot worse than bringing these top youngsters into the club during the summer.
Jonny Evans – looks a great buy – if we can get him
The news on Derdiyok, coupled with the news yesterday that we could be in for Manchester United’s 20 year old defender, Jonny Evans, makes it clear that Newcastle are concentrating on getting youth through the door, at reasonable fees.
These boys, given we make good initial choices of course, can then get better as they get more experience, and catapult Newcastle to one of the best teams in the country.
That’s the plan anyway.Â :D.
While these youngsters still have some way to go in their football education and development, they are already first team material.
We’re not sure if we have enough experience in the side to be able to bring in all young players during this summer, but if we can bring in say 2-3 experienced players, and then augment them by some of these top youngsters, we should be in great shape for next season.
These would be young players who could immediately fight for a first team place, and be older than other youngsters, like 15 year-old Aaron Spear, who also seems to be joining Newcastle.
Here are some young players, who we’ve been linked with over the summer and who are in their early 20s at most.
Jonny Evans (20)– Manchester United – central defender
Eren Derdiyok (20) – FC Basle – striker
Sebastian Larsson (23) – Birmingham – right midfield
Aaron Lennon (21) – Spurs – winger
Armine Chermiti (19) – Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia) – forward
Arda Turan (21) – Galatasaray – winger
Robert Acquafresca (20) – Inter-Milan – striker
Michael Bradley (20) – Herenveen – central midfield
Younes Kaboul (22) – Spurs – central defender
And we’re sure we don’t have all the youngsters above that we’ve been linked with – but we’ve tried to concentrate on those who are 22 or under.
Seb Larsson just turned 23 earlier this month, so we’ve put him in the list.
We’ve left Arda Turan on the list, although we think he’ll now be too expensive for us, and there will be bigger clubs in now, after his great displays in Euro 2008.
We think this is a great strategy for the club, and may start to pay dividends as early as next season – we hope so in any case.
Who are the other youngsters we could possibly attract to Tyneside?
Comments very welcome.