18 year-old Lubo Satka is one of three young players who were given contracts by Newcastle earlier this year, and the other two were goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and local lad Adam Armstrong, who has already made four appearances in the Newcastle first team.
Lubo Satka – top young center-back
Lubo is making very good progress through the ranks and he’s played 35 times for the Newcastle U21 side, and he’s impressed manager Alan Pardew with his calm confidence, and today he’s compared to a young Fabricio Coloccini – and that cannot be bad.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Satka to the Shields Gazette today:
“Lubo is, for me, a player beyond his years – he’s very calm,” “If you were going to look at a young Coloccini, you’ve got to say that’s Lubo.”
“He’s so level-headed and technically good – he’s got a great chance for us. We’ve really got our fingers crossed for him.”
“This is only a first step on the career ladder for these boys.” “They must continue to show the same commitment and desire and will to learn as they have to this point.”
Lubo was signed in May two years ago from local club Dubnica in Slovakia, after captaining the Slovakian U17 side.
That’s a good last sentence by Alan, just in case the youngsters start to get carried away with themselves, because that always seems to be the first step in a downward spiral, and why some top young players never make the grade.
It will be interesting to see if Satka gets a chance in pre-season, and we can see just how good he looks.
It would be terrific if this lad can start to press for a place in the first team squad next season.
What do you think?
Written from Romsey, England.