Newcastle are said to be interested in 18 year-old Adam Maher, according to the Independent today.
Adam Maher – AZ central midfielder
It is linked with their story today, that Chelsea are interested in Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, and that 18 year-old could be a replacement for the Ivorian.
That hardly seems feasible, because for one thing Adam is an attacking central midfielder and 7 years younger than Cheick, but Newcastle are interested in any top young players and Chief Scout Graham Carr’s remit is to find the best young players on the continent.
Once they are identified, Newcastle will then try to bring them to Tyneside.
Adam is at AZ Alkmaar and is of Dutch-Moroccan descent, and he is a right footed central midfielder who stands just under 5’9″ tall, and has a contract at AZ through June of 2015.
Maher was born in Diemen, just outside of Amsterdam, and he made his debut for AZ in December of 2010, in a Europa League game against Belarusian side FC BATE Borisov, and scored a goal on his debut.
And that made him the youngest ever player for a Dutch football club to score a goal in the Europa League, when he was just 17.
In 46 games for AZ he has scored 10 goals and has seven assists, and he looks like a top player in the making.
Adam has represented Holland at U17, U19 and U21 level, and looks to us like he’s a top player for the future.
Here’s some video of the 18 year-old.
What do you think?