This is another article in our series of pinpointing young players in Europe, who could potentially be good acquisitions for Newcastle this summer or in the future, and today we focus on Celtic’s 21 year-old winger James Forrest, who has played 7 times for Scotland.
James Forrest – 21 year-old Celtic winger
James was born in Prestwick and joined the Celtic Youth Academy at the age of 13, and has been at Celtic ever since.
The 5’9″ right footed right-winger signed an initial four-year contract with Celtic in August of 2009, and he made his debut for Celtic in May of 2010, when he was 18, coming on as a late substitute against Motherwell, and scored a goal.
Since then James has played 99 times for Celtic with 17 goals and 18 assists, but it’s hard to judge him on those figures, since the Scottish Premier League has slumped to the 24th rated league in Europe, a drop of six places since Rangers left.
Last season James played 29 times for Celtic with four goals and eight assists, and the youngster can play on either wing or as an out-and-out striker.
He made his Scottish international debut in May of 2011 in the match against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup, and in January of that year he signed a new five-year contract with the Scottish powerhouse, so he is contracted to Celtic through 2016.
And in January 2012, he was named one of the 13 players to watch in 2012 by FIFA.
His style is that of some of some of the classic Scottish wingers of the past – he has good speed and dribbling skills, and can beat his man and get the ball over into the box.
James prefers playing on the right-wing but he is a versatile player, and here’s another youngster who is performing very well for his club at the moment.
What do you think?
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