One of the few things that has worked well under owner Mike Ashley in the last 18 months, so when we see news we are after more great youngsters, that’s a continuing good sign for the club.
Fabien Delph - Newcastle pursuing the 19 year old
The latest young whiz kid we seem to be after is the Leeds midfield youngster Fabian Delph and it looks like our competiution is with Fulham, Sunderland and Arsenal.
The lad turned 19 years old last month, and he has already been capped at the England Under-21 level and has been at Leeds United since he was 11 years old, having previously been at his home town club, Bradford.
The news is that Newcastle have reportedly had a recent bid rejected for the 5’9″ midfileder, but Sunderland and Arsenal are also very keen to sign him.
Leeds value Delph at an amazing £5M but Leeds United seem confident the teenager will be staying at Elland Road.
Leeds manager Grayson said:
“Fabian has a big reputation and he has worked ever so hard for me in the last two games.”
“‘I have been assured he will not be sold, and that is where we are at.”
We’ve heard all this before, and a decent bid by a big club will get the youngster, and let’s hope it’s Newcastle.
Dennis Wise has been quite successful in getting youngsters to the club, which is presumably his major responsibility at Newcastle, and his latest success was in signing the much sought after 15 year old Aaron Spear from Plymouth Argyle.
But when that happened in late August we were already embroiled in the Kevin Keegan – Newcastle board dispute.
Aaron in fact chose Newcastle over Arsenal, who were also very keen on the striker.
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is reported to be lining up a sizable for Delph, and Newcastle are said to have already had a decent bid rejected by Leeds chairman Ken Bates.
Delph’s performances have also prompted Stuart Pearce to give Delph his first call-up to the England under-21 squad in November 2008, coming on as a late substitute for Craig Gardner as England defeated Czech Republic.
The youngster has played over 23 times for Leeds and has 5 goals to his credit.
We hope Joe Kinnear will embrace this youth policy, because it a definite way forward for the club.
While Joe needs to strengthen in January with players who can walk straight into the first team, we still hope to see one or two great youngsters join Newcastle before February rolls around.