Wesley Ngo Baheng will be pushing hard for his chance of a breakthrough into the Newcastle first team this season.
Wesley Ngo Baheng – eyes first team spot
Wesley will start in tonight’s Reserve team fixture with Huddersfield Town, at the Galpharm Stadium (7.00 pm KO).
The young midfielder has been in excellent form so far this season, and impressed when he played in the first team earlier in pre-season.
The 19 year-old Frenchman (he will turn 20 next Wednesday) scored in last week’s 1-0 win over Bradford City at St James’ Park as the Reserves started the season with a win in the Totesport.com Northern Division. Baheng was signed from Le Havre in January of 2008.
Baheng – who of course has only recently recovered from a serious knee injury in March – when he badly damaged his ACL, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I have spoken to Chris a few times and he has said I will get my chance.” “I can’t just be happy with being in reserve team football and being on the bench.”
“I hope to catch the eye tonight.” “I will be 20 soon so now is the time to make the step up.” “I have no problems with my knee now so I just have to keep it up.”
“I know that some of the youngsters have been involved in the Carling Cup game with Huddersfield and maybe that can be the same for me.”
“It would be a chance not only to show what I can do but also learn as well.”
If the Newcastle first team is to be successful this season and the current owner doesn’t bring in some reinforcements soon, which seems ridiculous but possible, then we will need to rely on players like Baheng, Kazenga LuaLua, Haris Vuckic, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer and Ryan Donalsdon all coming through and be able to hold their own in the first team.
The Evening Chronicle points out that tonight’s fixture will see two former Newcastle United players and Wallsend Boys Club Juniors players go head-to-head in the dugout – Alan Thompson and Paul Stephenson.
Thompson is now hoping his side can build on last Monday’s 1-0 win at Bradford.
“It was a good start last week.”
“This is a new game for us now though and we must use what we achieved last week as a platform tonight.”
The Reserve team squad for tonight’s game is as follows, and it’s interesting to note the young 16 year-old Aaron Spear, another potential top youngster at Newcastle, is in the squad:
Newcastle Reserves: Soderberg, Johnson, Newton, Tavernier, Dummett, Lough, Morris, Folan, Tozer, McDermott, Spear, Inman, Adjei, Airey, Ngo Baheng, Sammy Ameobi, Danquah.