5 Young Players For Newcastle From The Lower Leagues

 The Bleacher report had a very good piece out yesterday which is doing the rounds of Newcastle fans and the web-site has identified 11 players, mostly young and British, who would be good buys for Newcastle. They estimate the cost of those 11 players at £31M for Newcastle.


Alan Shearer – plenty of young talent to choose from

So that means we could get 5 or 6 of these lads for Seb Bassong – put that way it looks a good deal for Newcastle.

Here we profile 5 of them with some additional background information – and we will continue these reports with 5 each time over the next week or so with others not ifdentified in the bleacher report –  so we at least know who is  available – you’ll be surprised how good some of these lads seem to be.  


Daniel Fox – Coventry City – 22

Daniel is a left back who we were said to be interested in last January, and is said to be keen top join the Magpies. He was at Walsall before joining Coventry last year and played for Richard Money there.

Daniel Fox was said to be close to moving to St James Park on the last day of January in what was said to be a £1.6M deal, Janyary – but that seemed very much on the cheap side, since this player is highly rated.

After the window closed Coventry officials said they had recived an offer from Newcatsle but the fee was ludicrously low.  This lad has a growing reputation and if signed we could could allow Enrique to leave the club, with Tamas Kadar a more than able left back too.

The England U-21 international – he started the game earlier this year against Poland  on March 25th for his only cap – has been more than impressive for Coventry this season, making 42 appearances and scoring for them 4 times.

Daniel played 99 times at Walsall with 6 goals, from 2005 until earlier this year, and he seems the type of player Newcastle are trying to sign under owner Mike Ashley – top youngsters  who are still improving, and will be further developed at the Newcastle club.

The 6′ 1″ Fox began his career at the Everton Youth Academy in 2004, and was on on loan at Stranrear in Scotland, playing 11 games and scoring for them once in 2004, while still only 18. He then moved to Walsall in 2005, where he played under Richard Money, who was then Walsall manager, and is now Newcastle’s Youth Academy Director, so Richard could be the link in this transfer.

Earlier this year, before Fox moved to Coventry City, Richard described him as the complete player. Daniel Fox was born in May, 1986 in Winsford, Cheshire, and is said to be very keen to join the Magpies.


Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United – 20  

The 20 year old right full back has played for Sheffield United about 20 times, so he lacks the experience to make the move up to the Premier League, bt may a top target for Newcastle in the summer.

Naughton is a product of the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence and Academy, and joined his home town club at age 7 years old and captained the academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 season.

Naughton is not yetn a proven player but has put in some top class performances and he does look like a very good emerging youngster. Kyle was born in Sheffield, and he is a quick, attacking wing-back who can apparently also operate on either flank.

During the 2007/08 season he went away on loan and was impressive during his 18 games at Gretna, despite their relegation from the Scottish Premier League that season. Newcastle were said to be eying a bid of £1.5M for the player in January, but they may have to go higher than that to get Kyle.

Naughton made his first start for Sheffield United in their 2-1 victory over Watford last September and from that point on he made the right back position his own. And then after just eleven league appearances, Naughton was called up for the England Under-21 side, and in the 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane, he came on in the 60 minute.

He has played 40 times for Sheffield United with one goal, and has two England Under-21 caps.


Fabien Delph – Leeds -19  

The latest young whiz kid we were after last January was the Leeds United midfield youngster Fabian Delph but Premier League clubs  like Fulham, Sunderland and Arsenal are also interested.

The lad turned 19 years last November, 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 in January 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.

He has played 44 times for Leeds with 6 goals.



Sean Scannell – Crystal Palace – 18

Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has reportedly slapped a £3M price tag on Croydon-born Scannell, who has represented Ireland at Under-18 level.

Sean has played 49 times for Palace and scored 4 goals, but Arsenal may be interested.

Sean Scannell (born 17 September 1990, in Croydon, London) currently plays for Crystal Palace, and is primarily a striker but can also play on the right wing if necessary.

Scannell made his debut for Crystal Palace on 4th December 2007, coming on as a substitute for Franck Songo’o. In his home debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 15 December, he again came on to replace Songo’o in the second half and scored a 90th minute winner, his first senior goal in a 2-1 victory for Crystal Palace. Following this,

Scannell was offered a two and a half year professional contract with Palace, and in order to beat off interest from, among others, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Blackburn Rovers,, and he signed the contract at the beginning of the year, and celebrated by scoring Palace’s second goal in a 3-0 victory at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers the following weekend.

He is described as an exciting player with searing pace (that’s what we need for the Championship)  and is one of many talents to emerge from Palace’s academy in the last few years. He has also won the Crystal Palace Young Player of the Year Award 2008.



Mark Beevers – Sheffield Wednesday – 18 

We have already reported on Newcastle’s interest in Sheffield Wednesday’s 18-year-old center half Mark Beevers going bck to last December.

18 year-old Mark is a 6′ 4″ defender who was born in Barnsley, England, and was recently placed on standby for the England under-19s  game against Croatia on 5 February 2008. He has just one cap for the England U19 side.

Mark made his senior debut at Southampton in January 2007 at age 17, giving an accomplished display at the heart of the defense. He had joined the club at age 12. He is strong in the air and good in the tackle and has continued to progress during his first full-time campaign at Hillsborough.

Mark has played 57 times so far for the Owls and has scored one goal.


Here’s a link to the Bleacher report we talked about – and they also suggest the fees, but we think the fees may be difficult to predict for some of these players.

Comments always welcome.

150 comments so far

  • Doocey

    May 28, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Agreed, Would like all 5 in 🙂

  • Toon_Factor

    May 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Only seen Beevers play out of them all at to be honest Edgars just all good.

  • Shot Bru

    May 28, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Thanks bleacher, their values have probably just doubled, in our case quadrupled.

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #4

    report sound alot of rubbish to be honest, what would make jordi gomez and wheater want to come to us when there both capable of being in premiership plus its abit late to find a replacement for emre lol. however would love to see 4 of the 5 with the exeption of delph who in my opinion is very overated. would rather have surnam of southampton

  • Toon_Factor

    May 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    * as good

  • cosmicMini95

    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #6


    You say we need players with pace for the Championship but in a previous article you want hard nosed bruisers for the physical nature of the league. The two don’t tend to go together….

  • Toon_Factor

    May 28, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7



  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #8

    how many loan signings cna you have in 1 season and how many from 1 team

  • beyethegreat

    May 28, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9


    i think 1

  • fergie

    May 28, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Andrew Driver is the player we should be getting. A young version of Milner, from Hearts. Except cheaper. We should also get Kevin Doyle, Bruno Aguiar and Sibierski, just for the craic

  • valle

    May 28, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I have heard allot of good about most of those guys. And creating a good young side full of hungry English players coul be just what we need to start over… One player the report didnt mention that i would also like to see in an NUFC shirt is Mattock tho, Oh, and Scotland from Swansea too.

  • valle

    May 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    fergie… A young version of Milner eh?… So he cant cross and he tend to dribble around untill he loses possession? ;o)

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone got any idea where the money is coming from for these guys?

  • JJJ

    May 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #14

    “boater // May 28, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Shearer coming in, us getting relegated and Shearer staying to the applause of half-wit local drum beaters, was my worst case scenario..

    welcome to nufc….

    Roeder and KK both came in during emergency situations.. KK got us passing, scoring and staved off relegation with 4 games to go… Roder got us into UEFA spots… Shearer saw us win 1 in 8, score in only 2 games and fail to lift a side of international class players …

    why are you so desperate to see him appointed?
    Please give me one good reason.”

    I’ll respond to your question… but first…
    Let me point out that the first thing our club needs is stability and it is in fact not the “drum beaters” but rather know it alls like yourself that are the fans this club can do without!

    Asking for the appointment of “experienced” managers who have all been failures in the Premier league:

    – Coppell, complete failure with Sunderland…
    – Roeder, complete failure when Shearer left the staff… although I believe he is a great COACH!
    – Ferguson, he is hardly experienced and had on decent season.

    You are in favour of experience but where did the likes of experienced managers like Souness, and Allardyce and Kinnear get us?

    They got us stuck with past it, slow, leg hacking players like Smith, Butt, Nolan, Geremi, and the most useless of all Michael Owen…
    An immobile technically inept long ball team that in the end got us relegated because we had no pace and creativity.

    Newcastles only successful managers in the last 15 years have been Keegan and Robson, both has links with the club, an understanding of the people, and stature with an impatient support!

    If Coppell or Roeder got us up next season (both failed with their respective teams last season depsite Coppell having the best squad in the league…
    Roeder has had two spells in the premier league and he just didnt cut it!
    Would you want a new manager with premier league experience to take over their good work?
    That is your logic…
    Lets stick by Shearer, for once have some stability, and as you would do with any other manager judge them when they have their own squad of players, their own preseason to practice systems and tactics and players that arnt exhausted and under immense pressure of relegation because our squad is so small. Working with a coaching staff that isnt of your choosing…
    Please, how on earth can you judge Shearer now?

    STABILITY is the key! And with Shearer we may still have that.
    Any fan trying to push him out in order to get our 5th manager of the year in the form of a Steve Coppell or Roeder honestly needs their head read…

    You condemn other people for their statements, and belittle them…

    “wellcome to Newcastle” – well mate if your dont like it go support Reading! The have the great Coppell as their manager… cant go wrong.

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #15

    we could get so many yongsters on loan from the top 4, manure could try for frazer campbell who excelled with hull in this league, and the gibson. chelsea mancienne and scott sinclair n then arsenal have denilson who may be tempted for 1st team football, gibbs, wilshere, ramsey and im sure liverpool will have some good youngsters up for loan and then splash the cash on quality and not just people to make up the numbers

  • beyethegreat

    May 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16


    i thought i was the only 1 thinking that

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #17

    jjj i agree with sticking with shearer he has two things i find important in a manager before tactics and the rest of it. RESPECT and PASSION and i made the point yesterday did roy keane have any experience when he took sunderland from near relegation in championship to a solid premiership team

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #18

    were gonna get a bob or two for martins and bassong possibly fair bit for enrique if he goes

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #19

    and there still money left from january remember them saying lol

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #20


    All this bull sh1t about who we should buy is just that!

    W are on the verge of financial meltdown, we have no money, a drop in revenue and an owber who will not be in position to invest what is needed!

    I’m ridiculously worried for the future of our club.

    We need to get rid of at the very least 10 players and we have no money to replace them.

    Leeds anyone………..

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21

    nimo // May 28, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    and there still money left from january remember them saying lol

    That won’t even touch the sides of the 50-60m we will be losing in tv money

  • Warwick Hunt

    May 28, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #22

    On relegation, on these dark days, on being a Toon supporter:-


    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbow’d.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

  • fergie

    May 28, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

    How about a sneaky bid for Carlos Vela on loan. He would rip up the Championship and won’t play in front of Arshavin, Adebayor, Eduardo, Van Persie and Bendtner…

  • Shot Bru

    May 28, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    There is no way the likes of Man u and chelsea are gonna lend us any of their most promising players for them to end up scarred for life.

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #25

    leeds owed 240 million when they went down. thanks to the useless owner we dont have that so no. not leeds i dont htink and with owen out the door, viduka and barton, geremi, cacapa, martins and smith all on 50k a week plus on there way i think were in a good position. change is good and we’d have been stuck with the same deadwood if we stayed up

  • valle

    May 28, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #26

    JJJ… Totally agree with you… But… Coppell resigned after they failed in the play-offs.

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #27

    nimo // May 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Leeds had a debt of 90m!

    Will all them players you mentioned move to other clubs if they will only get half the wages? Leeds had to subsidise the wages for the players when they sold them and we’ll have to do the same.

    We still owe about 38m on transfer fees so I don’t know where your getting the idea that we will be ok from

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #28

    40 – 60 million mate for tv sorry but its about 20 – 25 million still big loss but players wages will make that

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Aston Villa will reap £42.3million after finishing in sixth place, compared with the £22.4million they collected in the 2006-07 season.
    Everton, too, have earned a huge improvement, with their fifth place, banking a cheque of £42.1million, compared with £25.3million last year.
    Newcastle United followed Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool into fourth place as the team most shown on live television. The result was that Newcastle earned almost £10million from 20 live screenings.
    Chelsea on the other hand had 18 live matches, bringing them £9.1million.

    Read more: http://soccerlens.com/

  • Mac

    May 28, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    JJJ without doubt one of the best posts on here ever. Well done my Friend.

  • Widowmaker

    May 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Looking for top youngsters?

    Check out the latest Japanese product Yamada Naoki. He is 18 years old and has just recently been called up by national team. I was saying this kid will make it the first time I watch his play on TV and he is now in the national team… I am quite lucky. 🙂

    A very intelligent little player who knows how to play football.

  • hitman

    May 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #32

    reet lads fk it,seems alot of people on here are against shearer,lets get wise in he has expirence and hes reet up ashley ahole,might get some money oot of him.

  • toonindia

    May 28, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Have to agree with JJJ, we need people who know the club inside out and whos got some passion to lead us on. Shearer had got loads of all of them.

    I have been supporting Newcastle United from over here in India for almost a decade now. I havn’t seen a more disgraced squad with no real passion or energy. We do need a complete overhaul from top to bottom, building up from the basement. The type of players mentioned above would just be perfect for out. We need young players who are passionate about their game and have hunger to succeed and not players who are looking for a last pay day.


  • nufc-grimble

    May 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #34

    I know you might think this is abit low. BUT top goal scorer of league 1 is Ricky lambert. He said he would love to play in the championship. just think, wat amazing club he would b join and startin his championship carear in. i think personally we should get him 1.5m at the most

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #35

    nimo // May 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    40 – 60 million mate for tv sorry but its about 20 – 25 million still big loss but players wages will make that

    So Burnley must be special as they won the ’60m’ match in the play offs.

    Also you mention Villa and Everton gettingmoney for finishing in 5th and 6th. That’s Premier League prize money!

    So that’s more money we are losing as I only took into account tv money

  • JJJ

    May 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry Boater, you asked for one reason…
    But I thought i’d give you eight…

    There are far more positives to keeping Shearer if the gossop is true:

    1 He brings in Carver… who is one of the best coaches we’ve ever had. (second only to Steve Clark for me).
    2 He holds massive respect with local talent (we wont have a team of Argies in the championship that just want to get back to Spain)… It will be majority British talent we buy.
    3 He has a good relationship with the fans which takes means more patience and less pressire on the players. WE NEED STABILITY MORE THAN ANYTHING.
    4 He communicates with the fans and owners, and isnt a yes man… he also wont walk away from the club because unlike Keegan he does LOVE Newcastle.
    5 He has spoken about the team lacking PACE and power. Extremely evident to the fans yet non of the previous three managers looked to resolve this in 6 tranfer windows.
    6 He isnt afraid of playing youth and without the pressures of relegation in the last 6 games of the season Im sure we’ll see the likes of Ranger, Vuckic, Lua Lua (who Shearer recalled) getting some first team experience.
    7 He will attract players about our Championship status because of his NAME.
    8 He wont be bullied and will be fully in charge, wont let players sit idol for months in the injury room over minor niggles (alla Viduka).

    So lets give him a chance…
    He has all the attributes, so lets hope his eight games in the premiership have helped him grow in experience…

    You cannot judge him on eight games, playing with a tired, immobile, hearltless, emotionally down, pressurized squad put together by a bunch of monkeys….
    Judge him on his first season!!!!

  • Shot Bru

    May 28, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Fergie, Andrew Driver is a good shout, direct fast and for me a much better winger than the vastly overrated McGeady. I would even go for the Hearts manager Csaba Lazslo, he’s used to working on a tight budget for an equally erratic owner as Ashley and producing quick results. Shearer ain’t the answer.

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #38

    yeah but that was just something i copied off a page theres also another 22.5 mill ontop of that that gets spread equally between the teams, all i am saying is where not as bad as people are making out

  • Stuart79

    May 28, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Listen everyone, nobody could do the job next season if as I expect we have no money to spend and we have to sell all our players!

    We will need Harry Potter

  • nimo

    May 28, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #40

    and as that 240million i got it off my mate in the pub the other day who happens to be a massive leeds fan


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