News in the Sunday Mirror today that Newcastle are ready to sign Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers.
Ezekiel Fryers – Newcastle interested in 19 year-old defender
The 19 year-old can play center-back or left back, and he has already appeared six times for the Manchester United first team.
The 6′ tall younger was born and bred in Manchester and United is the only club he’s played for.
Fryers suffered a serious knee injury last season that kept him out for the whole season, but the lad came back and made his debut in the League Cup in September of last year.
The Mirror is reporting that he has been unable to agree a new deal with Manchester, and that was not unlike the case of Ravel Morrison, whom Newcastle were interested in last January, but the Magpies eventually pulled out of the deal, and he was signed by West Ham.
Ezekial’s contract runs out on June 30th, and Newcastle are hopping to sign the player, but they will need to pay some compensation to Manchester United for the youngster, since he is under 24.
Fryers has played for the England U16, U17 and 10 times for the U19 team, and he is the type of player Newcastle are always looking for, who could be brought to Tyneside, and his skills developed at Newcastle.
This is how the lad is described on the Manchester United web-site:
“Zeki Fryers is a tall and athletic left-sided full-back, strong defensively but also – as with most modern full-backs – likes to get forward and help out in attack. He has pace in abundance and is tough in the tackle. His first season as an Academy scholar was disrupted by injury, but he finished the season strongly and will look to exert his experience during his second season with the Under-18s.”
“Zeki, who has been capped at England youth level, has also stepped up to United’s Reserves, and will look to really make his mark at this level in 2011/2012 after more injury problems last term. At the start of the campaign, he figured in both Warren Joyce’s side and Paul McGuinness’ academy outfit as an over-aged player before pulling off something of a coup by featuring in a third of the club’s teams and the one he will have dreamed about as a youngster.”
“The Carling Cup debut at Leeds, playing in the middle of defence, was a baptism of fire that he handled expertly with a flawless display at Elland Road. Another outing, this time at left-back against Aldershot, was followed by a late Champions League appearance in the win over Otelul Galati.”
We’ll see if this effort by Newcastle comes to fruition, but we do expect Newcastle to bring in a number of top youngsters in the summer.