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 Broccoli – he’s the one on the right
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!!