News in the Evening Chronicle today that Newcastle are giving a trial to Billy Knott, who is a left sided midfielder or left back, and has recently been released by the London club.
Billy Knott – on trial at Newcastle
Billy is just 17 and turns 18 come November, and he is a very talented boy, but there was always a chance he wouldn’t make it at the Chelsea club – so in a way we are impressed that Newcastle have been so quick off the mark for this lad who was born in Canvey Island, Essex.
Billy has been compared to Frank Lampard in midfield – and that cannot be too bad – and he was at West Ham United until the age of 14, when he left for Chelsea in a swap deal involving Tosan Popo, who is now playing for Charlton Athletic.
Billy is a competitive with a good football brain and he is also fast, and has already recovered fully from a cruciate ligament injury, which our own Dan Gosling is recovering from right now.
This lad looks like a good player and is now a free agent, and the fact that he’s been released by Chelsea really doesn’t mean much with the competition at youth and senior level at that club so intense.
And Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup this year after all.
Last season he played 14 times for the Chelsea Youth team and scored 5 goals and has played for the England U17 side.