When we reported last week that Jóhan Símun Edmundsson had signed on at Newcastle, our readers in the Faroe Islands were very excited about the prospects for Johan at the club.
France’s Frank Ribery and Jóhan Símun Edmundsson
But there was little else reported about it at all, just a small comment in the next day’s Journal, although our report on it was a popular article.
So it’s great that Neil Farrington has a piece out today on the player in his Sunday Sun column.
The Sunday Sun is reporting that the 18 year-old is arriving on loan from his local club B68 Toftir until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move.
And Faroe Islands’ national coach Brian Kerr seems to rate the player highly:
“I don’t think he’s going to be in Newcastle’s first team this season, but I’d expect him to make a very good impression and maybe look to break into the side next year,”
“He’s a biggish lad who has good ability. He can beat a man – he has a trick – and he knows how to score goals.”
“He’s scored in three Under-21 international matches in the last year, including against Russia, when (Newcastle coach) Colin Calderwood was there to watch him.”
“He was playing out wide in a 4-3-3 formation then, but I think he’s better playing through the middle, which is where I picked him for his full international debut against France.”
“I spoke to Chris Hughton about him and we had Edmundsson and another lad – Christian Mouritsen – go on trial at Newcastle before Christmas.”
“Chris liked them both, but felt that Christian, at 21, needed first-team football, which Newcastle couldn’t offer him.”
“But Edmundsson has a chance. As well as his ability, he’s incredibly enthusiastic, honest, willing to learn, as the players in the Faroes and across Scandinavia tend to be.”
That sounds like the kind of player we need, for sure.
Edmundsson will be well taken care of at Newcastle, as most of the young lads are these days, but he’s in for a culture shock because apparently Toftir is a village with a population of less than 1000.
As long as we keep the lad away from the Bigg Market he’ll be just fine. 😀
“He won’t be interested in the bright lights (that’s good). He’ll be there to learn. And though he’s quite shy, he looks the part when he gets out on the pitch.”
“Because it’s so isolated, people don’t tend to go and see the players in the Faroes, but there is real talent there, particularly among the young players.”
“They are honest, determined, speak excellent English and are absolutely obsessed with football.”
Sounds like they have a lot in common with the Geordie Nation – so Johan will probably just love it on Tyneside.
One way forward for the Newcastle club is to continue to concentrate on bringing in top young players, as the club has been doing over the last couple of years.
And we were pleased to hear about Edmundsson, as he fits the profile of a young lad who can only get better, and may be a star of the future, and he’ll cost almost nothing.
The Youth Policy is so important to the well being of the Tyneside club over the longer term, and we look forward to a sucessful loan spell for Jóhan.
We’ll also be coming up with an article on our Youth Policy – maybe even later today – because we think it’s so very important at Newcastle.