17 year-old Andy Mogwo is just one player in the Newcastle ranks who could turn into a great player for the Newcastle first team in the future.
Andy Mogwo – 17 year-old Newcastle midfielder
Mogwo has been recovering from an injury he sustained a few months back, but played the first 54 minutes of last night’s Reserve team win over Bedlington Terriers, and looked what he is – a very good young player.
Andy is a defensive midfielder and looked good last night, as Newcastle won with goals from Faroe Islands International Joan Edmundsson, and 17 year old Dennis Knight.
Peter Beardsley seemed delighted by his side’s win last night and said:
“It will benefit Andy Mogwo to have played alongside Ryan Taylor, and it was great for him to make his debut,”
Mogwo was born in DR Congo and then raised in London, but moved to Newcastle and attended St. Cuthbert’s High School, just like Ryan Donaldson before him. And of course pop artist Sting also attended the famous Catholic school in Newcastle.
Andy said after the game:
“I thought I did alright, but I’m sure I could have done some things better,” said the 17-year-old. “But that’s all part of the experience.””It was my first game for the Reserves and hopefully next time I can play better.”
“I’ve been on the bench for Reserves before but this was my first appearance so that’s obviously a proud thing for me and hopefully it means I’m getting closer to playing for the Reserves on a more regular basis.”
“Playing alongside Ryan Taylor was a big help because he’s an experienced first-team player who knows what he’s doing, and he helped me out a lot on the pitch.”
“And I’ll take on board the advice he gave me during the match and take them into my next game.”
That next game for the youngster could be next Wednesday night in the FA Youth Cup, when Newcastle meet Manchester United, and Mogwo could well feature in that game, as he has in the last two ties in the wins against Dulwich and Grimsby Town.
Academy manager Joe Joyce is hoping that Newcastle can overcome Manchester United and then meet Liverpool in the quarter-finals of th famous competition.
“Even if I don’t play on Wednesday night, I’ll be cheering the team on. Whether I’m involved or not, at least I’ll get to watch the team play.”
“Man United will be a good game, a hard game, but hopefully we can get through.” “We’ve got a good youth team and I’m sure we can do it.”
Andy has played for Montague Boy’s Club in Newcastle, and his favorite Newcastle player is captain Kevin Nolan, and not surprisingly his favorite player is defensive midfielder Michael Essien of Chelsea.
Andy compares his play with Yaya Toure of Manchester City (that cannot be bad), and he joined Newcastle United as a 13 year old back in 2006.
Mogwo turns 18 in March, and we’ll keep a watch on this lad as he learns his trade at Newcastle United.