Newcastle 18 Year-Old Could Be Surprise Of Pre-Season


It was a bit of a surprise that 18 year-old Slovakian  ( sorry – I originally had Slovenian) defender Lubomir Satka got a place on the plane to New Zealand yesterday, after coming on after 55 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at Oldham on Tuesday night for Vurnon Anita.

Lubomir Satka

Lubomir Satka – Newcastle’s young center-back

Satka was signed from Dubnica a short two years ago, and he went straight into the U21 side, and so far manager Alan Pardew has already talked about the very promising youngster as one for the future at Newcastle.

This is what Alan has said about the Slovakian U21 International:

“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.”

If Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leaves this summer then Newcastle would have only three experienced center-backs, but we also have some very good young center-backs coming through the ranks at the moment, and as well as Lubo they include 19 year-old South Shields lad Remie Streete, and 21 year-old Australian International Curtis Good, who is still recovering from a hip operation.

If one of these three show up well in pre-season, Newcastle may hold off on buying another young center-back, with English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier (supposedly) being a Newcastle target, but his Portuguese club have put a fee of £5M on his head, and that’s said to be too much for Newcastle.

We certainly need some of our younger players to come through, and this pre-season is a big opportunity for teenagers like Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell, Rolando Aarons and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to show what they can do.

But don’t be too surprised if Lubo Satka starts to come through at Newcastle and plays (very) well in pre-season.

Lubo is keen to improve his game and start to score some goals from set plays, and this is what he has said :

“I’ve talked about it with the coaches and worked on it in training,” “I’ve worked on my finishing and heading. Thankfully, it’s worked.”

It would be great if Lubo, Remie or Curtis can start coming through soon, and it would mean we wouldn’t necessarily have to bring in another center-back – even if Mapou moves on, as he is expected to this summer.

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8 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Never seen this lad play, is he tall or strong or quick, what type of CB is he.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Why MYM leaves ??
    why not Williamson or S.Taylor ???

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I think for Nufc it is about time our development of young talent started to bear fruit. To many for me are falling by the wayside. Fergie-Newton ect have proven that sadly we are just not up to scratch.
    Our latest protégées Campbell and Dumnett personally do not look anywhere near ready for the PL.
    And what does it say of Streete and Good if we are indeed looking to bring in young Dier

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #4

    And Pardew should turn his attention on
    Curtis Good after he return from the injury
    he is ready to play in the first team .

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Played right back vs oldham, is a very slight lad, needs to bulk up to become a centre half

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #6

    ed..he’s slovakian, not slovenian:)

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  • WisconsinToonFan

    Jul 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Dummet isnt ready? Then what the hell was Pardew doing last year fielding him? I know stanton isnt exactly the first man we want on the pitch but im not gonna pretend anymore that dummet isnt ready cause if he’s not, shouldn’t have even seen the ptch last year.

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  • Blofal

    Jul 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Curtis Good hasn’t played in ages. The Australian manager actually hit out at Newcastle for not managing his injury properly because what initially was a strain has sidelined him for 8 months.

    He is a very good player but needs another loan. Or an extended run in the cups. Hopefully he will be ready for the Asian Cup in Australia.

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