Newcastle Signing Four Top Teenagers In January

North Shields-born 17 year-old Callum Roberts made his debut for Newcastle in the FA Cup at Leicester City earlier this year, and he was the second 17 year-old local lad to make his debut for the club in the last year, with Adam Armstrong making his debut at Fulham last February.

carver callum roberts and Peter Beardsley

Callum Roberts yesterday with Carver and Beardsley

And it was good to see the news yesterday that Callum has just signed his first professional contract with Newcastle United.

Both Adam and Callum were born and bred in Newcastle, and they are two of the most promising youngsters to come through the club in a long time, with Roberts being compared to the great Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – and that’s praise indeed.

If he turns out half as good as those two world-class players, the Geordie youngster will have a great career in football.

This is what Callum said after signing a three and a half year deal for his home town club:

“It’s only recently that I was in the stands at St. James’ Park as a supporter so to be playing here is a dream come true.”

“I’ve only made one appearance so far but now I’m hoping to make many more over the next few years and become more and more important to the team.”

Caretaker manager John Carver, who is now the head coach through the end of the season, added the following:

“As a Club, we’ve had a lot of success in terms of bringing players through lately and Callum is another who we have high hopes for.”

“He’s really stood out for the U-21s this season and he deserved to make his debut in the FA Cup earlier this month.”

“You don’t get too many out-and-out wingers like him these days and he’s started to add goals to his game too.

“He’s a local lad and we like him a lot,  so we’re delighted that he’s signed this long-term contract and look forward to seeing how he develops.”

Roberts is currently on loan at Conference side Gateshead, but is still eligible for the Newcastle U-21 side and also U-18 games.

Newcastle seem to have a renewed emphasis on youth these days, with possibly three other teenagers being signed this month.

They are 18 year-old Englishman Dele Alli of MK Dons, and two Spanish youngsters – 18 year-old Racing Santander forward David Concha and 17 year-old center-back Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon.

Newcastle like to sign young players of outstanding ability and groom them on Tyneside, and then after a year or two in the first team the plan would be to sell them to a bigger club at a huge profit.

That makes Newcastle’s financial figures look great – as we will see next month when the full financial statement is issued, with revenues just short of £130M and profits probably north of £40M – both records for the club – but it also does nothing for the team.

But nevertheless, with Roberts being signed and three top youngsters coming through the door in January – that’s still (very) good news.

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12 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 28, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    this is what most clubs do…buy other clubs yougnsters.

    it gets headlines with us as we don’t seem to sign senior lads to compliment them

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 28, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    also out of all the young lads (20 and under) we have signed, how many get in the first team

  • Dude

    Jan 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Well we’ve signed one from erm our own squad. There might be three more, but probably zero. Can see Sissoko leaving (50/50). And next home game still close to 50.000. Listen to Mr T people and grow some nuts.


    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    well the reason we are buyng these kids are coz they would be 1st choice wen we play in the champianship

  • geordie157

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Naughty Ed, not quite 4 new signings there.

    good to see Roberts has signed a new deal.

    has Aarons signed a new deal?

    apparently Satka and Streeteare also out of contract this summer.

  • anthc

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Roberts seemed canny when i watched the u21 stoke game. Far from convinced about campbell though or the others mentioned. We seem to buy youngsters than never hear about them. What happened to kemen? he was supposed to be the next lionel messi ronaldo pele maradonna!
    I’m all for signing kids but they need phased in to the first team rather than thrown in at the deep end like campbell and armstrong who are clearly not ready. Loans to the championship as opposed to the poor leagues in scotland (no offence to any scots).

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Fine, sign the kids but what about addressing our present deficiencies?

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    And, what about young Aarons?

  • shear-class

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    How do you know all 4 are top players Ed
    Do you not mean they have top potential but Newcastle will ruin them

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Hope he comes good but we need to groom them in properly. Loan the, out and improve their skills and raise their confidence at the same time.

    This club knows nothing about that. We seem to get them in then know nothing in terms of handling the player. A bunch of monkeys running the club!

  • la.jim

    Jan 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    He’s being compared to Messi and Ronaldo,then i see no why they wouldn;t play him against Hull?

  • la.jim

    Jan 28, 2015 at 8:12 PM

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