Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside almost two years ago, he’s been very keen to get the youngsters out on loan and getting some first team experience. That will probably happen with 20 year-old Mehdi Abeid shortly, but 19 year-old Newcastle forward JJ Hooper (Jonathon James) has been sent out on loan to Darlington.
JJ Hooper – out on loan to Darlington
The 19 year old was born in the same place as Steven Taylor – Greenwich – and it’s likely the 6’1″ player is expected to make his debut against Spennymoor in the League Cup tomorrow night.
Some information about JJ form the Newcastle web-site:
London-born striker who hit a hat-trick on his debut for Newcastle’s Under-18s against Chelsea on the opening day of the 2010/11 season.
JJ – or Jonathan to give him his Sunday name – had only signed a scholarship with the Academy the previous day, following a successful trial.
Previously with Cray Wanderers and Sevenoaks FC, Hooper is a tall and strong frontman who has already demonstrated his eye for goal.
He made his Reserve debut as a second-half substitute against Bolton in October 2011.
JJ is an Arsenal fan (what?) whose favorite players are Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, his first second-string goal came at Stoke in September 2012.
JJ made his debut for Newcastle United’s under-18s against Chelsea on the opening day of the 2010/2011 season and he scored a hat-trick – not a bad start for the youngster.
It’s always good when our youngsters go out on loan, and it’s a huge opportunity for them to impress.
JJ has already played 6 times for the Newcastle U21 side this season, usually on the left hand side.
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