Newcastle’s latest young player spotted by Chief Scout Graham Carr is impressing in his two week trial on Tyneside, and this time the lad is from Singapore, and Adam Swandi could well be signed by Newcastle, following his trial.
Adam Swandi – number 10 – is loving his trial at Newcastle
The news a month or so ago was that Newcastle will not sign any more young players under 18, since the club have had little success when they’ve done that before, but Adam looks a very good player, and it would be great to have a player of Asian descent on the books.
And Chief Scout Graham Carr is the one who brough him to Newcastle, so the coaches can take a look at him.
Swandi is on a two-week trial at Newcastle, and it seems that Newcastle have indeed increased their scouting mission to now include Asia, and that potentially means a lot more travel for Chief Scout Graham Carr.
The youngster has been training with the Newcastle U18 squad under the careful eyes of manager Dave Watson and Development Director Peter Beardsley, and he will alternate between training with the U18s and U16 during his two weeks on Tyneside.
Adam has spoken to the asiaone web-site about his experience at Newcastle:
“It’s been a great experience so far to work under the coaches here, who are all very experienced. I didn’t even know who Peter Beardsley was until one of the other coaches told me.” “I just hope I can keep learning and improving my game over the next two weeks… I wish this stint would never end.”
Adam has displayed a voracious appetite for the Newcastle food during his time in England, it must be those Gregg’s vanilla slices, said he has had no problems settling in on Tyneside.
“Honestly, I don’t feel cold or uncomfortable at all when I train.” “It’s been a great experience so far to work under the coaches here, who are all very experienced.” “I didn’t even know who Liverpool legend Peter Beardsley was until one of the other coaches told me.”
“I just hope I can keep learning and improving my game over the next two weeks – I wish this stint would never end.”
The Newcastle Youth Academy manager and former Everton player Dave Watson had this to say:
“He’s settled in really well and coped with training with the older boys excellently,” ”Technically, he’s very, very good, and he’s got a great football brain too.” “I’m sure he’s used to better weather in Singapore, but playing in this sort of environment is great for his experience.”
“The only issue I see with him is that, because of his age, he’s not physically developed that well yet.” “But, over the course of his stay here, I hope he can express himself and not be afraid to try things, because he certainly has the talent.”
Swandi has trained with the Singapore’s National Football Academy and his trial is through November 16th – and maybe this lad will impress enough that Newcastle will sign him, even though he’s not yet 18.
And as we said earlier, it would be great to have an Asian player at the club.
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