Newcastle Should Snap Up Top Youngster Mason Bennett Now

Mason Bennett will not turn 17 until next month, yet he has already played 17 times with one goal for Derby County, his home town club, and this lad looks to be a future star if ever we saw one, and his rise in football at a young age is not dissimilar to that of James Milner and Wayne Rooney.

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Mason Bennet – an old-looking 16 year old but fantastic prospect

Newcastle are credited with being after his Derby team-mate Will Hughes, who’s another outstanding young Englishman at Derby, although the fee for Will is said to be £10M – and it will be a lot less for Bennett – but not for long.

Mason Bennett is a forward and his form as a 16 year-old is not unlike that of former Newcastle winger James Milner, who made his debut for Leeds United at the young age of 16 years and 309 days.

This lad has done even better, and he holds the record as Derby County’s youngest-ever player, and made his debut with a start against Middlesbrough in October 2011 at the age of 15 years and 99 days old – only three months after turning 15!

And Bennett also holds the record of Derby County’s youngest ever goal scorer, when he scored against Tranmere Rovers in the 3rd round of the FA Cup last January, when he was 16 years and 174 days old.

Bobby Robson singed James Milner in 2004 for £4M from Leeds United when he was just 18, and it was at the same time we signed 18 year-old Charles N’Zogbia from Le Havre.

And James went on to play 109 times with 12 goals for Newcastle before being sold for £12M to Aston Villa in August of 2008, just before Kevin Keegan resigned.

N’Zogbia played 155 times for Newcastle with 9 goals, before moving to Wigan in January, 2009 for £6M plus Ryan Taylor coming the other way.

And since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle six years ago, we’ve brought in top youngsters who just didn’t make it – that latest being 20 year-old French Algerian Mehdi Abeid, who will leave the club this summer.

Newcastle have not had a good record of signing youngsters who come through big time at the Tyneside club – and it’s always very difficult to judge just which top youngsters will eventually become the top stars of the future.

But Bennett looks like an outstanding prospect to say the least, and his transfer fee will only rise as he plays more games for Derby County.

Mason has played twice for the England U16 side and 16 times for the England U17 side, and if this lad is as good as we think he is his star will rise quickly next season, which is why the summer may be a good time to buy him.

It will be interesting to see whether Graham Carr has been scouting this lad, but it would be hard to not know about Mason Bennett, if Newcastle are indeed after his team-mate, 18 year-old Will Hughes.

Maybe a double swoop for two young Englishmen this summer?

What do you think?

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27 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Rudi garcia would have been less than 2 million euros an year

  • John Tudor

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    there will few ins but plenty of outs we will be forced to watch crap hoof ball till jan then watch panic buys in jan loan,if any decent players come as ever its only for the wonga

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Untried PL/European standard? That perfectly describes every single player you mention prior to our signing of them, so I don’t really get your point?

    I wouldn’t shed any tears over the departure of Marveaux, far to hit and miss for me. A 20 minute man off the bench in my opinion. HBA is hugely overrated by NUFC fans. He has all the skill in the world, but lacks a top players footballing brain. Cabaye and Colo would be the hardest to take for me, but Pardew can use them. They can both hit direct balls, rather than long balls, so would be of use to us even with Pardews tactics.

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Just read a piece on which clubs where present on the Norway-England Under 21s match yesterday.

    Of the English clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Fulham, Southampton, Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers were present. And while I’m not saying that every match in the Under 21s Championship is a talent goldmine, I’m still wondering why Newcastle weren’t there. Some prospects may suddently pop up, and it would be nice if we could be alert and make some moves from the beginning. We can’t spend huge amounts of money on top players, so we should really scout the cream of the crop European talent in tournaments like this.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    He looks about 35 never mind 16. Bet he can’t wait to learn to be a covering full-back.

  • dbpjake

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    The more English boys the better. I find it a little sickening how many teams are based around foreign players. We have to be one of the worst

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    you absolve the club of any blame regarding Ba’s departure,paying for a 20M release clause might have helped.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    changing the subject

    Have I just read the future of English Football

    Doncaster Women’s Football team will be relegated next season from the Women’s Super League whatever happens to make way for the better resourced and franchised Man City Women’s team.

    Trust the FA – money rules.

    How many years will it be before the Premiership gives way to money and clubs Franchises

  • dbpjake

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Charlie don’t be ridiculous

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle for Alltid,
    I don’t know if we did or didn’t have people there, but I do know that large proportions of scouting at major tournaments are contracted out. There are numerous private scouting operations (I used to work for one, the Scouting Network) which cover tournaments such as this.

    So, while we may not have had full time scouts there, we could still be collating reports through these firms.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Did you miss the shambolic U21’s? 🙂

    While it is nice to have ‘local’ players, I couldn’t really care less where they are from as long as they perform.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Sign him up, put him in the development squad, let our coaches loose on him and bingo, he’ll have been transformed from a star in the making, to crap in two years.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    @7 jail

    yep but when we took a gamble on an injury prone player (for free) who was to know how it would turn out !

    they signed him as a quick replacement for caroll and did not expect him to do so well so i bet the view on ba would have been different if his legs had played up !

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    On Bennett, it would be foolish to think he would be cheap, we are talking upwards of 5 million. Derby know what they have there, and he is higher rated than Hughes in terms of future prospects so why they would let him leave cheap only Ed knows!

    Would be great to get him, but when he leaves Derby it will be to a more successful club than us.

  • dbpjake

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15


    No I caught that haha, but come on, no England team at any level has played well together for many years now. Stuart Pearce is a joke of a manager as well.

    I’d love Carroll and Nolan back

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    i agree with your logic, that Ba was injury prone, and a gamble when he signed, but we also refused to offer him a better package to take the clause out. He had proven his worth after 6 months, but we were not willing to pay him what a striker at other clubs could get. The new contract could have removed the clause. To absolve the club of blame ignores that.

  • expatmag

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17


    My point being that if we turned out attention to signing say the following

    Austin for Cisse
    Ince for Ben Arfa
    Bates for Colo
    Smith for Cabaye

    or players from l;esser known european clubs, the lack of top quality league comptetition wou;d see the club relegated in an instance.

    That is why we need to keep our quaslity players and devise a system to suit them.

    With regard to Ben Arfa, lasdt season was wasted for him due to injury but the previous season when he returned from injury, he was one of the most outstanding and influential players in the PL. Get him back to that form and fitness and we would thrive especially if we played him behind Cisse rather than being isolated on the wing.

    As for Marveaux, I dont think Pardew has ever given this lad a fair run but when he has played, he has invariably produced. He can thnread a pass through the eye of a needle. Remember Fulham at home and the last minute pass to Cisse. Incredible.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18

    One of my mates out here is a Man City fan, he is enjoying Pearce’s demise, and enjoying watching England suffer through the same pain that he and other City fans endured while Pearce was there.

    Why Carroll? He has spent over 18months out injured, and is injured again, since leaving us 30 months ago. I’d have him back, but his record doesn’t even match Danny Grahams premier league record, so 5-8 million tops.

    I’d rather have Barton back then Nolan. Barton could play good football, and gave a sh*$.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19


    i see what you mean (i’m not sure on ba’s wages so no idea if it could be raised or not tbh)
    6mth or a year even after he had just signed is imo too early to renew someones contract though even if its to release a clause !
    and there was the fact ba is a striker and he was pushed (while in very good form) to the wing to make room for cisse (who was meant to be our permanent striker imo) upfront would have upset ba and made him not want to sign a new deal.
    i think the club played it right tbh it was just unfortunate a team like chelsea came in with a huge offer for ba (wages) if he had gotten to the end of this season and no big club offer i reckon the clause would have disapeared.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Sign both, fee plus perch if necessary although I would prefer perch to stay the best utility player we’ve had since Steve Watson imo. He’ll put in a shift regardless.

    I prefer to keep cisse too but with the shirt issue and tactical set up I feel we might be better making a change.

    In the end we have who we have in charge and hope they learn and improve and make the right decisions and choices this time around.

    We need to get behind the team whoever is in it.
    (Even with fingers crossed behind your back every match or hope MA finds his balls and pulls the trigger sooner rather than later if its failing again)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d quite happily have Ince for Ben Arfa. You say “one of the most outstanding and influential players in the PL”, stats don’t back you up. He doesn’t get enough assissts, and doesn’t score enough for the talent he has. He is a show pony, looks nice, does good things, but when it comes to a race is left in the stalls.(I’m a flat racing fan, more then jumps). I posted this figure the other day, but in 237 career games, in 4 title winning sides, he has only 29 assists. That isn’t even an assist every 10 games.

    Relegated in an instant? Why? If we bought players that Pardew knew how to utilise, then surely the team would have more cohesion?

    I think our bone of contention here is not really to do with players, other than maybe HBA, but is more to do with whether we believe Pardew can change and adapt. I hope he can, I am extremely doubtful though.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    i loved nolan i think its him we miss the most out of anyone tbh ! he’s a complete bully of the midfield can tackle and great runs forward/scores/creates and makes room for others aswell as links everything up plus he’s a captain everyone on the pitch respected and did as he told them.

  • dbpjake

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23


    Yes I realise that Carroll gts injured too much but since Graham moved to the mackems I find him a complete joke. Why he moved there I will never know.

    I would also have Barton back but can’t see that happening while Ashley and llambias are here for obvious reasons.

    And Nolan? He loved the club and scored alot of goals feeding off carrolls knockdowns!

  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    @21 lilong

    completely agree on arfa but he is our entertainment in matches pls dont take that away from our clouded eyes lol.

  • roe997

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Wonder how quickly we could ruin him?

  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    I live in between Notts and Derby and the buzz about this youngster has died down, not sure if it is because he is not doing the business as much or just more of the buzz is about Will Hughes, the lads I know who are Derby fans initially raved about him but think it was more his physique and stature that allowed him to play more than solely ability. Not saying he’s not gonna be a cracker, just relaying what I know…finally itk about something!!


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