Newcastle are still looking for top young players in Europe and one youngster who is attracting the interest of Newcastle is 16-year-old striker Callum Douglas, who was raised in the north-east and like many great players started his youth career at Wallsend Boys Club.
The Newcastle Youth Academy and the Development squad are areas of the club that we must improve over the next few seasons if Newcastle are to become a top team in England again.
Callum Douglas – 16 year-old 6’3″ striker
The news is that Douglas will be on Tyneside for a trial in the summer, and with the lad being a fan of Newcastle United – if he comes through the trail OK we must stand a decent chance of signing the youngster.
Douglas started out as a defender but those hamburgers have had their effect and at only 16 Callum is already 6ft 3ins tall and probably hasn’t stopped growing yet and he has moved to be a striker.
When we were growing up many moons ago in Newcastle we didn’t see too many men who 6ft tall, but things have changed big time since that time.
The player currently plays for Elche’s reserve team in Spain, and has impressed this season, scoring over 45 goals for the club located on the Costa Blanca.
It’s not too surprising that Sunderland are in the hunt for the player who would be signed on Tyneside, if he shows up well in his trial whoever the new head coach will be in the summer.
Indeed it looks like whoever is appointed as the new head coach will have little influence on tansfer targets this summer, since the senior transfer targets are unlikely to change with Graham Carr pulling the strings on transfers at Newcastle these days.
That’s one reason not many good coaches want to come to the Newcastle because of the way it’s run these days.
The reports suggest that we have beaten several Spanish clubs to the striker but Newcastle have not done well in the last eight years bringing players through the Newcastle Youth Academy.
And this summer three local lads who had great promise a few years ago – Adam Campbell, Jak Alnwick and Remie Street have been allowed to move on and have not had their contracts renewed.
And Jack Alnwick in 2011 and Remie Streete the next year were winners of the prestigious Wor Jackie award – given to the best player at the U18 level at the club each year.