Newcastle Continue To Capture Top Youngsters


Newcastle will continue to bring in some top youngsters in the January transfer window, to go with the five we brought in last January, when essentially our search for young talent around the world was started.

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16 year-old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic

And of course during the summer Newcastle also beat Arsenal to the signing of much sought after 15 year old striker Aaron Spear, who was in great demand from a number of other Premier League clubs too.

It seems the Newcastle scouts have done their job this time around too with the youngsters,  and at the time of writing it looks like we could add at least another 4 teenagers to the growing rank of top youngsters learning their football trade on Tyneside.

We’re looking for that number to be as many as four and possibly including:

  • 18 year-old Brazilian forward Cai Ferreira
  • 16 year-old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic
  • 18 year old Hungarian midfielder Andras Gosztonyi
  • 17 year old Swedish forward Samuel Adjei

They will join the ever growing list of excellent youngsters we have at the club.

And it’s not just the Newcastle Under-18 side that is blossoming with 12 games in a row undefeated, but our Reserve side has an average age of just 18 for almost every game.

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Richard Money – vital job in bringing youngsters through

At least one thing that seems to be working well at Newcastle under owner Ashley is the Youth policy, which should have been a priority for us decades ago.

But hey, it’s never too late, and it seems to be working very well under the excellent leadership of our new Youth Academy Director Richard Money, who seems to us to be doing an outstanding job in what is a vital role at the club.

We’ll have a piece on Richard later this week, detailing the things he is doing at Newcastle for the youngsters – and ensuring their parents are comfortable in letting their kids come to Newcastle in the first place.

To us, Richard’s an unsung hero at the Newcastle United club – and just getting on with the job.

Comments welcome.



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42 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Just the 1st team we need to worry about!

    Best young players in the championship! Now we want to avoid that!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    The only one we have signed is Vuckic and he sounds by far the best prospect.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    breing news

    COLIN CALDERWOOD, JOINS NEWCASTLE!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Ryan, stuck at work and busy as hell so easire to ask you mate if that is the ex manager, coach bloke who denied any contact in chronicle last week was it?

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  • Timmers

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Well at least its another body to assist a very short coaching staff.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    yes toon graeme, ex forrest manager

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  • Indian toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    wher is the left back, we need proven premership players atleast on loan to survive the relegation dogfight. we just dont have the time for foreign recruits to settle in before they start performing.

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  • Timmers

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon Graeme – yes it is that bloke ex spuds player/swindon and notts forrest manager.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11810_4851405,00.html

    mbami could be a good signing for just 500k

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  • Icelandic magpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Have we signed those players? I knew they had trials and the players and their agents have said something about a possibility of joining but there has been nothing official from NUFC. Hope we sign the whole bunch. I am really excited about Vuckic and Gosztonyi.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    TT

    We signed the Brazilian as well haven’t we?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #12

    No.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Icelandic Magpie – We have only sign Vuckic, none of the others.

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  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Well be won’t be getting Riise at LB. Apparently he’s too expensive for Hull, and Bullard was too expensive for us so any ideas there look dead in the water.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    The Brazilian’s passport wont be here on time to sign, Gosztonyi is on trial, Adjei is only on the radar.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Am led to believe that Wise is under instructions to bring in 6 u-21 players every season.
    The Academy is at last getting some priority but where are the local youngsters?

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    the brazilian is a done deal we’re just waiting for his passport before it becomes official

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  • gcfalco

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Great policy – so why did we apparently try to sell Krul, are prepared to let NZogbia go and worst of all Milner when he was just 21?

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    1st team… NOT KIDS

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  • GetStuffedASHLEY

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree our youngsters are great, but also agree best championship side…probably not!!! As we might even be league one side season after if ASHLEY doesn’t pull out the cash book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #21

    TT

    The impression i got from Brazilian Geordie is that the young lad has signed a 3 and a 1/2 yr deal, but may have to be loaned out or sold because of delays with his passport.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    In five years our team should look really promising if our youngsters develop as they should…Ranger, Kadar, Donaldson and Vukic to name a few. Seeing as Ashley is trying to balance the books, i could see these players being use more and more in the next few years which should make us more attractive to more youngsters.

    However all this will be meaningless if we dont manage to get the 2-3 players in other the next week and players, especially Martins and Barton, fit as we will really strugge bit time.

    Oh and i thought the Brazilian player had a Itilian passport as well (suspicially like many Argies and Brazilians).

    I thought the Brazilian

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    the brazilian has signed a deal but cannot come here yet as he is waiting for his italian passport to come through

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Speaking of youngers, if Arsenal get Arshavin i think we should go for a cheeky loan bid for Vela. Give us the bit of class and creativity we really need. Suprisingly very strong on the ball as well.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    i remember seeing Vela on tele and straightaway thinking crikey sign him up he was playing for some lowly Spanish outfit but of course too late Arsenal had got him. Brilliant scouting by Arsenal as usual.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #26

    if arsenal get arshavin i wud try a cheeky loan bid for bendtner or vela, i know bendtner plays regularly now but will he if they get arshavin especially with eduardo back in the picture

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  • Tom

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27

    A loan bid for Vela would be an excellent move.

    Also, the magpie, do you mean Osasuna by the lowly spanish outfit? Just I think Wenger signed him and then he was sent to Osasuna to get a spanish work permit (played there 3 years).

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #28

    How times change. 2-3 seasons ago Arshavin was talking about a possible move to Newcastle in January.

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  • Sav

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Hope he doesn’t get drafted in to take over the 1st Team when it all goes pear shaped. Thats what happened to Roeder and we ended up without a 1st team or an Academy boss.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Dragonera // Jan 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    TT

    The impression i got from Brazilian Geordie is that the young lad has signed a 3 and a 1/2 yr deal, but may have to be loaned out or sold because of delays with his passport.

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    He cant sign officially until he gets his passport, therfore his work permit, an BG said it wont be here on time, therefore we have not signed him.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone heard anything else linking us to Jon-Joe O’Toole or Michael Kightly?

    We were linked to them ages ago but it’s all gone quiet on that front.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    John Joe O’Toole aint good enough apparently and Kightly wont want to come and will be way overpriced.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Sounds about right TT!

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  • LoonyToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Don’t get too excited about these youngsters coming in.
    Yes they may come, and yes they may be good, but they will be sold for a profit when they make it to the first team.
    We are a selling club now. We might get a season or two out of a couple of them.

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  • LoonyToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh and another thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Given is sold later in the week when it’s too late to buy anyone. I hope I’m wrong.

    Can you tell I have got no faith left in the management. I’ve got no hope and even worse no expectations. How sad is that.

    Typing this has just made me realise how much I have lost. I’m gutted.

    Ashley get your finger out your ar5e and sort it out. I understand you have spent loads more than expected but you have to realise you cannot run a club like you are doing. Once the freefall starts it’s hard to claw your way back up.

    Just for the record I’ve kept up my boycott of club gear. That’s another reason I’m gutted. I still haven’t got the away strip. I’ve got them all except that one. Well, a good few years worth anyway.

    Howay Ashley man give me some hope so I can start buying my strips and goodies again.

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  • LoonyToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Seriously. I’m really gutted that I can’t buy my strip.

    GUTTED!!!!!!!

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  • chuck

    Jan 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #37

    What happened to the young Finn ?

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  • heavyhittas

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #38

    All Ashley is doing is trying to buy young kids and hope they’ll develop into world beaters in order to sell them at a huge profit. The first team is going nowhere and looking at some of the prospective purchases we will be just above the relegation battles year in year out !!!

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Asley is trying to set it up so we can get rid of some of the high wage earners and bring some kids through instead of buying ready made replacements. Everyone apart from our firs team is doing well and we obvisouly have some talent there.

    If we get rid of Zog I’d like to see Lua Lua and Godsmark get a chance. Lua Lua should be replacing Jonas if he cant do the full 90 to give the kid some mis here and there.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Jonas should be starting on the left and Lualua or Godsmark should be starting on the right, Duff is useless and Zog wants out.

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