Newcastle After Top Young Coventry City Defender

There is news today in the Daily Star, that Newcastle are interested in a 17 year-old youngster,  on Coventry City’s books.

Jordan Willis – has caught Newcastle’s interest

The player is 17 year-old defender Jordan Willis.

At the end of May Newcastle were linked with another top Coventry youngster, 18 year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who was voted the Championship’s Apprentice of the Year for last season.

Now it seems Newcastle are interested in 17 year-old defender Jordan Willis, as they try to shore up the Development squad because as many as nine youngsters did not have their contracts renewed by Newcastle.

Jordan is obviously a good player, and the England U18 defender he is also attracting attention from Everton and Aston Villa.

Maybe Newcastle can do a double deal with Coventry and tie up both their top teenagers this summer.

Newcastle need to keep bringing in top youngsters, who can be developed further on Tyneside, and provide players coming through into the first team in the years ahead.

That’s part of the plan in any case.

Jordan played just 3 times in last season’s relegation season at the Sky Blues, and the Coventry City web-site says this about the youngster:

Jordan Willis signed for Coventry City on professional terms in May 2012, after impressing in the Academy side and receiving national recognition.

The defender made his England bow when he featured for the Under 18s side in a 3-0 win against Poland on March 7th.

He made his professional debut in the 4-2 home defeat against Southampton in November 2011 when he replaced James McPake in the 63rd minute.

In the final game of the 2011/12 season at Southampton, he made his full debut at centre-back in the 4-0 loss and impressed before being forced off in the second half through injury.

Jordan would be a good signing for the Development squad, and Coventry City may be in need of funds after being relegated to League One last season.

What do you think?

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