Dennis Wise is continuing his work in building up the contingent of top youngsters at Newcastle United, and he seems to have stolen a march on Sunderland for a top young local goalkeeper.
Dennis Wise – signs up another excellent youngster for Newcastle United
It’s clear that Newcastle already have some top youngsters at the club, and that our Under-18 side must have a decent chance in going far in the FA Youth Cup yesterday.
They are top of the Academy league right now, and won their 6th game in a row at Sheffield Wednesday yesterday by 3-1, with superb young striker Nile ranger bagging his 16th goal of the season, and 13th for the U-18 side.
The People is reporting today that Dennis has put himself in the position, of being on the verge of some unlikely popularity with Newcastle fans, after he has pinched a top young goalkeeper from under the noses of arch rivals, Sunderland.
Newcastle’s Director of Football was more than happy to pay compensation to Sunderland, to get 14-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick into their Academy side. Jak is the younger brother of Spurs and England Under-21 goalkeeper Ben, who is now 21 and started his career at Sunderland.
Jak is already rated one of the top young goalkeepers in the country and is part of the England Under-16 squad, but has also been capped by the England Under-18 squad. He has been standing in for the injured Ole Soderberg recently, for the impressive Newcastle Under-18 side, and has impressed the Newcastle coaching staff.
His brother Ben signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, from Sunderland, after playing 19 times for the Sunderland first team, and he is currently out on loan at Carlisle United. The brothers are from Prudhoe, which is located on the River Tyne, about 11 miles directly west of Newcastle.
The line about Dennis becoming poopular is of course toungue in cheek, but if he keeps out of the way of the first team manager and continues to bring top young players into the club, or even older players with the manager’s blessing, he may still be able to do a good job for the club.
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