One of the things Newcastle have not been too good at since owner Mike Ashley began the emphasis on the Youth Academy back in early 2008, when the club would try to recruit from all over Europe and bring the youngsters through on Tyneside, has not been too successful – not yet.
Curtis Good – very promising 21 year-old Australian International
But at the moment we have some very promising youngsters coming through the ranks, and three of them are center-backs.
Curtis Good – shown above – turned 21 last Sunday, and is a very promising defender we signed form Melbourne Heart almost two years ago for £400K, and he went on loan last season to Bradford City, and managed to play in the League Cup Final at Wembley against Swansea, and this season he has been on loan at Dundee United, although that loan spell has been put in abeyance as he recovers from injury.
That injury was picked up at the New Den in London, when he made his debut for Australia against Ecuador, and the Australian manager Ange Postecoglou aftre the game called his debut fantastic:
“I thought Curtis was excellent,” “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level. and he was fantastic.”
“For the most part he was what I expected, he was composed, he made good clear decisions. He’s going to better for it.”
Curtis now has every chance of being in Australia’s World Cup squad for Brazil in June, and he has a chance maybe to come through into the Newcastle first team next season.
This lad could well be a winner, as he plays no-nonsense defense and has a great left foot – and he can also play at left back – Good made his Newcastle debut against Morecambe last year in the Capital One Cup.
19 year-old Remie Streete
Remie Street is a lad from South Shields and is a previous winner of the Wor Jackie award for the best U18 player at the club.
His father Floyd played for Wolverhampton Wanderers in his prime – and also for Jamaica, and the they are said to be interested in the youngster for International duty.
Remie stands 6’2″ tall and has pace, and is also strong and aggressive in the tackle, and the former Boldon school pupil has been praised recently be manager Alan Pardew, as a youngster who has looked impressive lately in training.
“I have got Remie Streete, who is doing particularly well in the development group , and is he going to get a game? Does he need to go out on loan?
Maybe Remie can be sent out on loan next season to get much needed first team games in the lower divisions – but we hope this lad from south of the River Tyne can eventually make the grade on Tyneside.
18 year-old Lubo Satka
We keep reading good things about this Slovakian young defender, who has already represented his country at U19 level, and he has played regularly for the Newcastle U21 side.
Lubo was one of three top youngsters to sign their first professional contracts earlier this week, and his parents came over for the signing, and the other two youngsters were local lad Adam Armstrong and young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, the son of goalkeeping coach Andy.
The Slovakian had this to say after signing for Newcastle:
“I’m really happy. I’ve enjoyed my two years at the club and it’s good that I can keep going and stay here. My parents came over from Slovakia to see me sign my contract which made me very happy. I don’t get to see them too much so I hope that they’re proud.”
We expect Lubo to get more U21 games for the foreseeable future ,as he continues to come through the ranks.
These three young center-backs at Newcastle all show great promise, and it will be interesting to see who can make it through to the Newcastle first team in the years ahead.
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