Newcastle Give Trial To Chelsea’s 17 Year-Old Billy Knott

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s not because of his (lack of) footballing skills he was released. Non-footballing problems though…

    And btw, two league 1 teams have already had him on trial so we haven’t been thaaat quick.

  • Tom

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    As Newutd said, it is more to do with disciplinary issues than his footballing ability that he was released.

    More than willing to give him a second chance though, hopefully we can sign him up.

  • Xenarious

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    As Tom and Newutd said, it was to do with disciplinary reasons for the reason of his departure.

    No idea where the Lampard comparison came from since he is a left back or sometimes left midfielder. Probably the comparison was because he scores long range goals, like Lampard.

    BTW on Chelsea boards a week or so ago they said he was on trial on Sunderland, so i’m not sure if Sunderland turned him away or we have persuaded him to have a trial here before he makes up his mind.

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    As Tom, Newutd and Xenarious said, it was to do with disciplinary reasons for his leaving of the club.

  • Flair:20

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    He scored a hat-trick while on trial with Sunderland last week and sounds like a good prospect. Major disciplinary issues though. I’d give him a try – there’s minimal financial risk with a free transfer so we can always let him go if it doesn’t work out.

  • Flair:20

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Re: his disciplinary background, he was disciplined once by Chelsea and then released when he misbehaved a second time – obviously didn’t learn his lesson. Heard one person say that he “lost it” against West Ham, whatever that means!

  • Newutd

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Temperamental kid this it seems. Willing to give him a shot though.

  • GeordieDan

    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    As Tom, Newutd and Xenarious and Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth said, it was to do with disciplinary reasons for his leaving of the club. ;o)

  • Thump

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #9

    As Tom, Newutd, Xenarious, Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth and GeordieDan said, it was to do with sexual harassment charges on the training ground for his leaving of the club.

    Wait, that isn’t right…

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    wait i’m confused… Why did chelski let him go?

  • WesJameson

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    hahahahah, one of the best threads ive read in a while, brilliant lads, cant stop laughing

  • saroof

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    not sure he s lampard and all but thats for one of the chelsea youth s ….conor clliford……this guy could be the next lampard….knott… a sweet left foot and is quick…….good buy i would say

  • noir9

    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Since when has being a prat/theif/rapist/bigot/nutter stopped you being a footballer, I thought you actually had to be one of the above to succeed……oh and you have to like alot of bling, spout drivel and blame everybody else when something goes wrong.

  • baro

    Aug 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Never heard this guy until yesterday.

  • tom tomb

    Aug 11, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #15

    He was chucked out cos he told someone his middlename was suckemi.

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #16

    If its disciplinery issues its probably good for him to be up here.

    Look at ranger, moved away from everything and everyone, fresh start and kept his head down and out of trouble (except when he squared up and almost pounded the thug tamas of west brom who would have deserved it)!

  • i Toon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Barton, Carroll & now Knott sound like NUFC going into MMA

  • milktoonaus

    Aug 12, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #18

    hahaha @ i toon
    I’d throw alan smith in there he looks like he would go wild in a fight

  • Ericles

    Aug 12, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Give a good trial. After all temperemental can mean either he’s he is a genius or an idiot. I thought NUFC specialised in this sort of rehab anyway?


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