News today that Newcastle United are continuing to scour the globe for young talent to bring to Tyneside.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos – impressive 16 year-old Greek center back
The latest player to come to the attention of Newcastle is Greek youngster Kryiakos Papadopoulos, who is a central defender.However the youngster is also attracting attention from big guns Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and others.
The 16 year-old center back is considered one of the best defensive prospects in European football at the moment.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who will be 17 next February, is currently at Greek club Olympiacos, and is part of the Greek national youth team. Kryiakos was signed from Svoronos Katerinis and was promoted from the Olympiacos youth team in July of 2007 to the Olympiacos first team squad – he’s that good for one so young.
The 16 year-old has so far played in several Olympiacos pre-season friendlies, three league games and three Greek cup games for the first team. He is one of the 10 most talented young players in Europe as considered by UEFA – we’ll keep tabs on this promising 6’0” tall youngster.
And we found out yesterday that Newcastle did indeed sign 15 year old whiz kid Aaron Spear from Plymouth at the end of the summer transfer window, because the lad turned out as a 73rd minute substitute in the Newcastle Under-18 side’s 3-1 win over Barnsley yesterday at Benton. Manager Joe Kinnear and coach Chris Hughton were both there to watch our impressive youngsters in action.
Let’s hope we keep going after these young lads like Spear and Nile Ranger, when the new owners arrive. Nile scored three in that game and is looking to be an exciting prospect for the club. We will need to recruit some new people for the jobs, but there must be quite a few experienced scouts who would love to join Newcastle in that role.