Newcastle have today been linked – along with Arsenal and Manchester City – with 16 year old Dutch youngster Riechedly Bazoer, who is considering whether to sign a three year professional contract at PSV Eindhoven, but he may choose to sign for one of the three English clubs who are interested. The report is in the Daily Mail.
Riechedly Bazoer – Newcastle interested in 16 year-old?
PSV’s Sporting Director, Marcel Brands, thinks the youngster may try his luck elsewhere, and there’s also interest in him from Spain and Italy.
This is what Brands had to say:
“We have offered him a professional contract now he has turned 16. I speak with the family, the boy and his agents. We hope we will get an answer soon,” Brands explained to Goal.com, adding, “What is his intention? Is it to develop or go for bigger money in England?”
“You have to ask him and his agent which clubs are interested in him. I don’t know and it doesn’t matter.” “He is one of the talented players in our youth academy. He is a central defender, although not a typical central defender. He is not tall and plays football like the way we do in Holland. He is very comfortable on the ball and reads the game well.”
“It is his choice and the agent will do their best for the player. The only thing we can do is offer him good possibilities in terms of coaching and prospects,” he concluded, warning player and agent, “It’s difficult in England to reach the first team of the big clubs after joining out of the youth academy.”
“A lot of young players from Holland went to England and have not yet played in the first team. Many of them ended up being loaned out to other clubs.”
Bazoer has so far played 8 times for the for the Dutch U17 side and he currently plays on the youth team at PSV.
We don’t know if this report is true, and there was a report that Newcastle would not sign any youngsters until they were at least 18 years of age, so if that report was true, this one may not be.
Newcastle have had very little success when we have signed young players under 18 such as 15 year-old Aaron Spear and 17 year-old Ben Tozer, who just didn’t make it at the club.
What do you think?