Newcastle Still Scouting Young Talent Around The World

Sky Sports is reporting this morning that several English clubs are eyeing young Slovakian starlet Lubomir Korijkov


The 16-year-old defender is currently part of the youth set-up at the Slovakian club MFK Kosice.

Newcastle signed Haris Vuckic from NK Domžale of Slovenia, the 16 year old attacking midfielder, in January, and have scouts in that part of the world. Haris has so far impressed the Newcastle management, and he could even be in the first team squad as early as next season, he’s that good.

But Slovakia also have some top young players, and their youth system in Central Europe is one of the best around, and a host of their young players have attracted attention from some top English sides over the last year or so.

The report says that Bolton, Middlesbrough, and West Bromwich Albion, in addition to Newcastle United, have taken players from the area last year.

But if this boy is as good as the reports suggest, don’t be surprised if Newcastle are first in for the player. We cannot find too much about the youngster, so if any of our readers in Slovakia know about him, please let us know about the lad in the comments section – thanks.

If  it’s one thing Newcastle are good at right now, it’s capturing top young talent from around the world.

And the reports suggest that young Lubomir Korijkov. a  Slovakian youth international, has already been offered a trial by Newcastle United, and arrived on Tyneside just yesterday

Allen Bula, head of football development at Kosice, told the club’s website.

“Korijkov is an outstanding central defender specially for his age,”

“He has clearly made his mark at international level, where lately MFK Kosice has been approached by top European clubs enquiring about him.”

Sky Sports is also reporting today that Newcastle and a number of English clubs, are ready to do battle over young Brazilian starlet Dionatan Nascimento, who is also just 16 years old and also said to be at Slovakian club MFK Kosice.

Roma and Atletico Madrid are also said to be keeping close tabs on Nascimento.

We only wish we were nearly as good at capturing Premier League points.

Comments welcome.

Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.

30 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Exciting stuff.


  • dougnufc

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    why buy so many talented youngsters when we have a crappy first team?

    fixing the first team is top priority

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, skysports said we took Lubomir Korijkov on trial from Kosice. Where did you hear about this player?,19528,11661_5089260,00.html

  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Is that what they mean by a 5 -year plan? We have to wait 5 years until we have a half decent team and the kids are old enough?

    Sure, this is all well and good, but even from 16, most promising youngsters do not make it. We are still behind Sunderland, Boro, Everton, Arsenal and ManU, Liverpool etc etc.

    Without a promising 5-year 1st team set-up, its all castles on sand anyway.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    It wont work if we are in the Championship Sav. The better ones will be picked off by the big teams.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6


    I have seen Haris Vucic play and he is VERY good 😉

  • Thump

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Huzzah! We’re finally saved from relegation!


  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree that we must push on to sign young talent to add to our overall team, however the most immediate job is to stay in the top flight.

    Its allright having a good reserve team, but its all for nowt if we go down to fizzy pop.

    The 1st team as a collective unit need to really step up to the plate. Watching Stoke against borough on sat night, its gonna be ‘tuff’ – Hull showed our weakness in their style of play so Stoke and delaps wonder throws are gonna be the test – not Chelski or Arsenal.

  • Kash

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Well they’ll get a run in the coca cola league next season. Good to blood young players in a lower elague!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    You lot seem very down in the dumps!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Bennytoon – Aye fella – same sh*t another weekend and time running out.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Benny – some secret mesage like? Need a log in to view. Gis the beef then.

  • Kash

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @Benny – Penny has dropped for me mate, I concede relegation, and think I did when Bolton beat us!

    It’s out of our hands now, unless we go on a winning streak! Can’t see that happening!

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    In fact we are after 2 youngsters – according to Sky Sports – one is on trial starting today – Slovakian star Lubomir Korijkov. We are also said to be interested in Brazilian star Dionatan Nascimento, who is said to be at same club and both are said to be 16 years old.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    kash- i agree it is out of your hands but i wouldnt give up hope yet. You are in a terrible mess but you must be due a win. Every season around now at least one team starts to drop like a stone. Hull and stoke still look vulnerable to me. A lot depends on wether you can beat stoke away.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed- can they be classed as stars? Ive never heard of them

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – if there is one thing I have seen at the ressies matches is the talent we have in that squad. I have faith in Richard Money / Wise to add to that.

    Faith in the 1st team – shattered but not destroyed.

  • Kash

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Benny – Agreed, if we beat Stoke then we are in with a fighting chance, but some of the games coming up in the relegation zone can tip us over.

    When it’s out of your hands, you just have to plan for the worst and hope for the best!

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    The point of this is:

    Buy young wonderkids cheap, sell them with a 500% profit.

    Buying young talent, showing them off in the long run on our reserves- and first team, and attracting the top teams.. I think that’s the plan.

    Nice way to make a profit, and it doesnt really have too much of a negative effect on our team, except we get more money for transfers(hopefully) It also adds skills to our training ground, which is all good.

    But the thought of our team being a farmer-club for the big ones makes me sick.

  • papalump

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    just been on sky sports news anelka out for three weeks,every little helps.

  • Macas35

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Bennytoon is right, Arsenal and Chealsea results are irrelevant. It was the same last season, we had to get the hard games out the way and then concentrate on ones we can actually win. Stoke is a must win game though, and then we need 2 win 2 of our easier home games. We haven’t been playing that badly, it’s a just a case of converting our chances and keeping our nerve.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Papalump – so its diving drogba we have to keep at bay. Cannot stand him at all – especially after last season corresponding feature when he tripped on grass and flew like superman p*ssed to the ground – tosser.

  • chuck

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    So, were going to have the best youth team of any team in the Championship League, I`m thrilled !

  • lesh

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle Still Scouting Young Talent Around The World …………

    and Nero fiddled while Rome burned!

    When will our supposedly business-savvy owner wqake up to the reality? What though can be done?

    The ideal would be to pay JK off for his own good and that of the club, reinstate Hughton as defensive coach, get rid of Wise and get someone in pdq to wind the squad up without milking the club od a few million in fees.

    Who though…… Pardew, O’Leary……. Shearer?

  • Nick D

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #26

    this is great but when will youngsters ever get a chance under these clowns? Lua and ranger should have had playing time by now.

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #27

    “bennytoon // Mar 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    kash- i agree it is out of your hands but i wouldnt give up hope yet. You are in a terrible mess but you must be due a win. Every season around now at least one team starts to drop like a stone. Hull and stoke still look vulnerable to me. A lot depends on wether you can beat stoke away.”

    Looks like youve developed a soft spot for us Benny ! (Or just want another bunch of half wits to pick on next year lol)

  • Piers

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #28


  • heavyhittas

    Mar 23, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Whats the point of buying young kids as they never get the chance to play in the first team and therefore dont develop and then if they do they make one mistake and get slagged off and called ‘championship’ players. I dont understand why any young player would come to Newcastle. It seems that all MA is bothered about is turning NUFC into an academy to make a profit on young kids.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #30



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