Swiss Defender The Latest To Arrive For Newcastle Trial

With up to 12 players leaving this summer from the Development squad,  we should expect a lot of younger players to be drafted into Newcastle this summer.

Valentin Gjokaj – on Tyneside for a trial

That will be in addition to the four or five top players who will also be brought in over the summer months, in an attempt to further increase and improve the Newcastle squad for next season.

One player who is arriving on Tyneside for a trial is 20 year-old French defender Christophe Lowinsky and we reported that news a day or two ago.

Another player who has arrived on Tyneside for a trial is Lucerne’s 18-year-old defender Valentin Gjokaj, and we expect Newcastle to bring in top youngsters to replace the twelve youngsters who are leaving the club in the summer.

Gjokaj has traveled to Newcastle this week, and the center-back has played mainly for the Swiss club’s Reserve side this season, and here is his twitter account if you’d like to welcome him to Newcastle.

It’s hard to find out much information about this lad, who turns 19 in August, so if readers know about him, please tell us about him in the comments.

And we expect the very first news of the transfer window, probably next week, to be the announcement by Newcastle of signing 22-year-old Frenchman Romain Amalfitano, and the Reims attacking midfielder will be given a three year deal.

Australian Curtis Good from Melbourne Heart, has returned to Australia after his trial, and the defender was not given a deal by Newcastle.

There’s no doubt these lads will need to be very good to get deals at Newcastle these days, because the standards and expectations have been raised significantly by Newcastle at all playing levels this season.

Comment welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    always interesting with younger players that come for trials , because the average football fan wouldnt know much about them . I guess it would be up to the coaching staff to spot whether they have first team potential or not, obviously the majority of our last bunch of reserve players werent hence they got let go ..

    hope we can find some more mehdi abeids out there

  • Rotonda heights

    May 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m loving this recruitment drive and top class scouting going on now. Best I’ve ever known.

    I wonder what odds you could get on NUFC winning and both Arse and Spuds only drawing or losing. When Barca were 2-0 up on Chelsea with terry sent off on Sundayyou could get 350 to 1 on Chelsea getting through !!!

  • chris_g

    May 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Apparently this lad had a trial with Blackburn last summer and seemed to do quite well:

    “…….and Swiss trialist Valentin Gjokaj caught the eye with an impressive performance in the heart of defence. He looked good in the air and was very comfortable on the ball, rarely being hurried and using the ball intelligently.”

    Which makes you wonder why Blackburn didn’t sign him up.

  • toonBOY37

    May 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Just a quick note for everyone about Curtis Good.


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