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Newcastle Sign Top Prospect From Arsenal

9:58 am, Saturday, March 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

Newcastle United are always on the look out for good young players who can come to Tyneside, and improve and finally become first team players on Tyneside, but we haven’t been too successful at that over the last six years, since Mike Ashley put an emphasis on finding top young players.

stefan brocolli

Stefan Broccoli – he’s the one on the right :D

There’s news in the local papers today that Newcastle have signed Stefan Broccoli, who only turned 16 last Tuesday, and the right back has already had a trial at Newcastle this season.

The youngster left Arsenal for Newcastle, and there were reports in early November that he had left Arsenal, after meeting with both Peter Beardsley and owner Mike Ashley, and Stefan will now be part of Newcastle’s Youth Academy.

Broccoli left Arsenal after being on their books for nine years, and it seems the right footed player is also versatile and can play in midfield  as well as right back.

And talking of our Youth Academy, our U18 side will play Chelsea at St James’ Park on Tuesday night, in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup, and it’s going to be a tough game for the lads.

Top prospect Adam Armstrong will be in the Newcastle side, and for those who can make the game it would be good to go along and see some of the youngsters coming through the ranks.

It would be terrific if the lads can get through,  but Chelsea always have a good youth side these days, and  have reached the finals of the FA Youth Cup four times in the last six years.

The Blues have won it twice in that period, in 2010 when they beat Aston Villa 3-2, and in 2012 when they beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1, but lost 4-2 to Norwich last season, in the two-legged final.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle U18 · Stefan Broccoli


63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Repost cause Ed is a natural born flooder.

    France really had a good game against Netherland. Not a great team, but we could be a very dangerous outsider.

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Ashleys shopping spree has begun?

  • 3 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    To sign a 16 year old lad…

    Football has gone mad.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Ashleys shopping spree has ended?

  • 5 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    So Ashley has eventually replaced Cabaye.

  • 6 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Do have the boy good results in school?

  • 7 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Well, would need a more elaborated post, but rather than financial fair play, the UEFA should work on the education of young football players.

  • 8 Dingo†® // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    aye and in the summer we can look forward to signing Phil Artichoke and Charlie Cucumber

  • 9 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    What makes this lad a top prospect by the way?

  • 10 Dingo†® // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    @ WWSBRD

    cas hes part of Ashley’s ‘five a day’

  • 11 spitfire_ // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Poor boy.

  • 12 pottsclock // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Let’s hope we get a good stock of these players

  • 13 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Haha wouldnt be surprised mate

    This lad played 3 times in the Lions Cup for the Arsenal under 15s…thats all I can find on the kid

  • 14 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Well the kids must have something about him, we all know Ashley will only buy if he sees a profit in it.

  • 15 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM


  • 16 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Next thin on the agenda will be the renaming of SJP to the Vegetable Patch.

  • 17 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Thing* I hate this keyboard.

  • 18 ToonMatt // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Why on earth would anyone leave a club like Arsenal to join the least ambitious team in the country? The boy is crazy i tell ya, Crazy!!!! In other words he’s not good enough for Arsenal but for free he’s certainly good enough for us.

  • 19 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    ToonMatt, he won’t have been free, we would have to pay Arsenal compensation to cover the money the have put into his development. A couple of hundred thousand maybe, give or take.

    But lets not right this kid off before he has even had a game for us, our style of play in the youth may suit him, and he may be a pleasant surprise for the future.

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    This kid Brocoli will have to been some player if he’s hoping to replace Yohan Cabage. Looks at bit on the short side hope he’ll sprout a couple of more inches.

  • 21 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    PMSL @ Mister Tuff,

    Hopfully he can develop into a good right back and be the future replacement for Debuchy. We can only wait and see. But with all the talk over the past couple of years about starting from the youth and developing young player, (without much success so far) maybe this kid along with Sakko and Kemmen, (not sure of the spellings) is the start of a new rear guard for Newcastle.

  • 22 beermonkey // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    he met Ashley and still came

  • 23 jimmysmith // Mar 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Steve Bruce praising a player for not hitting the deck when someone did no more than wave their bonce under their chin. Obviously a true test of integrity that. The most ridiculous thing said in all of this.

    Plus when it was kicking off, with two of his players well amongst it, Brucey shit himself and ran away, comically, and then was praised for it, which is equally ridiculous.

  • 24 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    The obvious question is why would Arsenal let him go if he is really any good? They have a history of successfully identifying and bringing through young players with talent. Newcastle, on the the hand, have arguably the worst record in the EPL over the last decade or more in developing young players. My money is on him being just another dud on our seemingly endless production line….

  • 25 Phil K // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Welcome young Stef.
    (Is Stef a Brit ? Being on Arsenals books for so long and still young ?) we need to bring Brit players through more

  • 26 BeeGuy // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Could he be the next Nile Ranger?

  • 27 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Arsenal would have had no choice in the matter, when a player turns 16 he can be offered a contract by any club, all Arsenal can do in this case is try to talk the player into staying by offering a better contract, the rest is up to the player and his agent’s. If the player decides to move to another club, that club has to pay compensation to (in this case) Arsenal.

    Ashley and Beardsley spoke to the lad, and he has decided to join us. This does not mean the kid is crap or an Arsenal cast off, he may see a better future for his development here. He has not even kicked a ball for us yet…..Give the lad a chance.

  • 28 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Mate if this lad saw a better chance for development with us over Arsenal thats a bit of a worry, Arsenal are far far better than us at bringing through players and we are great at ruining young lads

    Id be surprised if we stole this lad from Arsenal far more likely Arsenal didnt offer him a contract and we did

  • 29 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Yeah he was lured by the bright lights of Tyneside, the lavish wages paid by our billionaire owner, and the promise of Champions League football within 15 years…

  • 30 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    You may be right, this is something we will probably never know, but at the same time, he may just have been given a better offer from us. He be a flop or he may end up being one of our best buys, that will depend on how he wants to develop and how we help him do that. But for some to be writing him off before he has even unpacked is just nastiness, the kid is only 16, and will need to develop confidence especially coming to a new club, All I’m saying is give the lad a chance, he may surprise us all.

  • 31 yo-yo // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    jimmy smith

    Pardew should have gone down like a felled ox when pushed. it’d have been well worh the yellow card for simulation

  • 32 wolfshead@toon // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    re carver on the touchline hes no placid character i think hes had more than one or two bust ups in his time at nufc if he got sent off who steps in then

  • 33 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    True true I wouldnt write him off Ive not see the lad play…though to be brutally honest I doubt I ever will see him play but hey who knows

    Good luck to him though

  • 34 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM


    Would it not be Beardsley, as he is in charge of the development squad now. Not sure on this but He may have to step up if or when Carver gets a ban.

  • 35 jayphoto // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Think mbabu is next in line to replace Debuchy in a few years! Lad has amazing potential and could have joined much bigger set ups than us! Think i remember him saying he joined us as he felt he it would be the quickest route to first team football at a big club…. Think he turned down AC and inter milan and some mid german teams

  • 36 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Stone then Woodman then Colo/Tiote in a player manager role

  • 37 wolfshead@toon // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM


    i could see all of them being banned as well haha

  • 38 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Then Id imagine its drawn out of a hat haha

  • 39 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Aye he may come good for us. What really worries me is young players coming to the club are more likely to read these fan blogs than older players coming into the first team, and seeing negative comments about them could knock there confidence or make them question their decision to join us. They may not read this blog as Ashley will have warned them off it most likely. :D I just want to see all our player given a chance to show what they can do, and if they show poor results, ship them out and bring in a new batch.

  • 40 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I dunno mate I reckon anyone who wants to be a footballer has to learn early on that reading blogs etc isnt a good idea

    But ur right if he does see that it could knock his confidence. We will have to wait and see what the kids got or if we ever hear about him again

  • 41 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM


    I agree, lets just keep our eye on this one and see how he does, save it for a future discussion if you like.

  • 42 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Sign top prospect from arsenal??? Slight stretch of the truth there, he left Arsenal last summer……..

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Sorry, not the summer, November.

  • 44 dufuss // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    did he come from hoddle?

  • 45 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Aye haha I get tired of talking about top prospects that never come through…just look at the ones we have at the moment

    Did he? So he was completely without a club?

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Yup, he was a free agent, the chronicle’s headline is less mis leading, they say we sign an ex Arsenal prospect.

  • 47 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Well that’s just burst my bubble: However he has had a trial with us in the past, and he must have something, besides being cheap, so I will still not right him off yet, Will look for match reports to see how he is doing.

  • 48 WWSBRD // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Haha oh right well he could still come through he is only 16 plenty of time to develop. I only saw the story on here Ed has a way of rather putting stories over a bit too much

  • 49 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Thinking I should change my name to “Ever The Optimist” :D Roll on next week when we have a game.

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I’m not writing him off, just pointing out he wasn’t exactly an Arsenal top prospect…

  • 51 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Yeah I got that mate, I wasn’t making an accusation towards you, sorry if it sounded that way. Just pointing out that at just 16 he deserves a chance, so I’ll keep an eye on him and see how he gets on. Would be nice if in 5 years Arsenal were making an offer for him :D

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    How did we manage to get him over the line? Surely we didn’t give into his agents demands of a big bag of skittles and a marsbar every week?

    Well never get a good deal on anyone now.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Hope the lad does well but Arse al don’t let anyone with potential leave usually, but surely he can’t be worse than what we have.

    Hopefully this isn’t what pardew meant when he was bleating on about overhauling the squad.

  • 54 firebug666 // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM


    Hope not mate, I hope that if by the time this kids makes a first team appearance Pardrew is long gone.

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    TS…he probably only had a youth contract so agent fees weren’t a problem ;)

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    …or he signed on a free transfer!

  • 57 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Signed on free!
    from academy!
    Stefan Brocolli!

  • 58 jayphoto // Mar 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Never get excited by academy signings! Rarely come through! Any one remember Aaron Spear? Ben Tozer? Nathan Porritt was supposed to be huge, never got anywhere

  • 59 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    It depend of the academy…

    Barca academy produced: Messi, Iniesta, Pedro, Xavi, Fabregas…

  • 60 jayphoto // Mar 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    @niafron – true but with the exception of messi, xavi, iniesta and pedro weren’t pulling up trees as 15 year olds! They broke through 4/5 years later!If you look at the best talked about players from Barcas youth team u16s most of them didn’t make it at the top level! Its impossible to gage how a 15 year old will fare at 20…. Just look at how many toon players play or played for england at youth level without ever making it at senior level!

  • 61 niafron // Mar 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM


    In fact, the most interesting point is all these lads played together early, and always in the same system.

    So they just speak the same football.

  • 62 Ciaran // Mar 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Studsy from many threads ago

    So because I refuse to entertain your ‘wait and see’ approach with regards Mike Ashley, I am a communist – yet you think you’re capable of intelligent debate?

    I can, and have, debated the finer points of Ashley’s tenure. I will not do that now because people need to arrive at the conclusion that Ashley is not good for this club by their own volition. Sooner or later I am sure we will all reach this point – save for the deluded few.

    I am on the ground floor involving myself with protests, getting involved with NUST and trying to move things forward. I am not full of hot air, I actually put my words into action. There are too many keyboard warriors who make grand claims behind their screens about what should be done, I can take solace in the fact that I am least sticking behind what I believe in to try and affect change.

    So, by all means, sit on your fence. Call me a communist for refusing to entertain that I should ‘wait and see’ whether Ashley will come good. I am neither deluded enough nor gullible enough to think this may be the case.

    If you cannot respond to me without refraining from petty insults of my supposed tyranny then please do not respond.

    There is no intelligence in the ‘wait and see’ approach, which is why we cannot have an intelligent debate on the issue.

  • 63 Poshtime // Mar 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I have been watching Stefan play football since he was 5. The lad is class (future England player) Natural ability Versatile Midfield/rightback. Many clubs come in for Stefan, Man u, Chelsea Borrussia Dortmund to name a few but after meeting Peter Beardsley and Mike Ashley he knew striaght away this was the club for him. Will be a great asset to your club.

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