Newcastle May Have Top Teenager In Their Ranks


There´s some very interesting news over the last 24 hours that Newcastle are about to fast track Gideon Adu-Peprah to the first team after the 17 year-old left back was signed in the summer from Manchester City.

The 17-year-old left-back signed for the Magpies on a free transfer and has played two games for the Newcastle U-21 side since he arrived.

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17 year-old Gideon Adu-Peprah looking good at Newcastle

One of Newcastle weaknesses in defense is both at center back and left back and Newcastle may look to bring in a top left back in January with Haidara and Dummett vying for the left-back position but both picking up a number of injuries in their careers.

They are currently both out injured and of course Kevin Mbabu played an excellent game on his Premier League debut at left back for us against Chelsea last Saturday – so Kevin has a big chance to stay in the team if he can continue to play so well.

The Ghana-born Adu-Peprah signed on for two years at Newcastle and can play at both left back and center back.

The teenager is making rapid progress moving up from the U-18 squad to the U-21 squad in a short time frame.

Gideon picked up a slight injury after only 20 minutes while playing for the U-21 side against Swansea last Monday at Whitley Park, but the injury is not thought to be a serious one.

Steve McClaren was at that game so it´s a pity he didn´t get to have a longer look at the teenager who is getting good press for his performances so far this season.

We may have a young star on our hands here.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.



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125 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s always good to hear about young player doing well, but right now we are desperate for leaders in the first team. We need a captain, someone to lead the players, to set the example, someone with a voice both on and off the pitch as right now we have a mute chancer wearing the armband

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  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Our Future Captain is either Krul or Colback. KRUL for me.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Gotta be Krul to be kind!!!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t see Coldback even being a regular in the starting 11 in time, he works hard but offers little else

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Hold on, he was just promoted to the U21’s so now he is being fast tracked to the first team?
    The step up from U21 to First Team is far greater than U18 to U21.

    I thought this was going to be about Mbabu

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve tried to pin down some of the reasons why Newcastle will never win a trophy in my most recent blog post. I can’t help but think our mentality is completely wrong. We are trying to copycat the big boys instead of sticking to what we know.
    http://forevernewcastle.com/why-newcastle-will-never-win-a-trophy/

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  • barkel

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Krul needs to concentrate on learning how to kick a ball, excellent shot stopper but poor distribution! Captain for me any of Janmatt, Gini or Mitro. I was very impressed with how Mitro got the crowd going against Chelsea, showed a lot of the passion that everyone was crying out for.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Tinman…We have two choices as I see it.

    The first, we view this as proof of the excellence of our youth academy.

    The second, that the jump from U-21’s (perhaps even U-18’s) isn’t that far from the level of our current 1st team.

    Then again, maybe he’s just really good and never belonged in the U18’s in the first place. Perez was bought for the development squad, but showed he was aleady above that level in no time. Has anybody seen this lad play?

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    @barkel,

    How is it that a professional footballer who trains 5 days a week for the last 10-20 years still kicks a ball like a 13 year old. It’s embarrassing. A skill which can be so easily improved yet is neglected by him

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Barkel…For me, Janmaat is the shout for now. Gini, perhaps even De Jong are future options for me.

    As for Mitrovich, yes he rallies the crowd up, but he has shown that he’s not quite responsible enough in himself to be the team captain.

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    @Ibiza,

    I have not seen him. I would guess few have with only two U18 matches, will be a wait and see. Could be decent if City brought him in. But then they did cast him off. Maybe it is because he is injury prone, in that case he would fit right in.

    We’ll know more about him next season I guess. But LB is a position that needs improving.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza

    Agree mate, I don’t think the gap between our youth level and first team is that big simply because of the standard of some of the first team players. When you look at the standard of some of our defenders the likes of Kevin Mbabu comes in and makes a massive impact on his debut and with no natural cover for Jaanmat and with Willo and Colo being the standard bearers for the central position thee are plenty of opurtinities for the youngsters to step up sooner than expected

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #14

    @Lindisfarne,

    Fantastic article. I hope Steve reads that too mate!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Tinman…Given the quality within the Man City setup, it’s not that straight forward to know why they haven’t made it. It could simply be he was looking for a club where he’d have a greater chance of cracking the first team.

    Seems he made a good call joining the top of the injury league team 😉

    JB…Purple policy, still in full flow 🙂

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Mitrovic should never be captain. Not for a while at least. He is still too young and immature for that. Besides he doesn’t need the armband to jee up the other players and fans, he does it anyway

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  • Mag52

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Jack Butler.

    Hey so Colback works hard – that’s something you can’t in all honesty say about a lot of our present team.
    His game will improve, and I can see him as a future captain.

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  • barkel

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #18

    I know, it’s very annoying. Although I do think he is starting to improve, perhaps because he has been playing the ball a lot shorter recently though.

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  • Tinman

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    @Ibiza,

    Coming from City is one positive for the lad. Hopefully he can come through the ranks and this injury is just a niggle!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Mag52

    At this level though you need more than hard work, right now he’s needed but if we continue to spend he will soon find himself involved less and less. Look at Jonas when he was here, ran himself into the ground for the side but offered very little else and with the likes of Winni in the side he’s far better placed to take the armband in the coming seasons

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Mmmm

    So, Robin Knoche could be a target wh?

    Knoche Knoche,

    Wo’st dort?

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Try again

    Knoche Knoche.

    Wo’st sort?

    Vielleicht es ist es ein großes Pferd?

    Vielleicht es ist es ein großes Pferd wer?

    Vielleicht es ist es ein großes Pferd ich bin ein Londoner.

    Ho, ho, ho ho (in German that is)

    😐

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  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I wld really like Wijanldum to be our Captain . He has won a trophy before and he has hunger for
    more and a very talented player to rely on . he is the best shout .

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Whoops, * sort – dort.

    There’s no way I can copy and paste as good as Jib, der Google Meister!

    😉

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  • Mag52

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Jack Butler.

    Problem is though Jack, how long are we going to be able to hold on to a player as good as Winni ? Unless of course MA has really turned over a new leaf.

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    An ex Citeh lad eh?

    Could he say he’s been rejected by better clubs than us!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Mag52

    Who knows mate, Ashley could fund a push for Champions league or sell every single player no one knows what the hell his gonna do

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  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #28

    No one knows wat Ashely is going ti do? So we jst hope. Wat do we have to hold on to players? You see even Manure sell their best!!!!!

    We jst have to have a Plan B for selling and buying players.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    This is the lad who is snapping up some of the youngsters for the club..

    I’v never heard of the bloke in all honesty!

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/meet-steve-nickson-newcastle-united-10173026

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  • brklyngeordie

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Must be said again with how atrocious the football at the club has been over the years that the only thing that would make me a bit happier is giving a bigger chance to the youth would rather find out about an unknown then watch some unmotivated has-been pull on the black & white

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Will die

    We’ve always had a plan B, it’s called panic buying in January. 😉

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  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #32

    We have a younger and growing squad for the future. It has very good players from Wijnaldum, Mitro, Aarons, Thauvin, Mbemba, Perez, Arma, Mbabu, Toney???

    That is wat we have at the moment and that is the future of football. All we have to know those players will b come for once they become better.
    I
    Chelsea and Man City have aging players.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Will die

    Chelsea currently have around THIRTY players out on loan, they are simply buying everyone up and loaning them back out, money’s doe st only buy you success but it also buys you future success. It will always be an uphill struggle for the vast majority of clubs because of this

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Tinman

    I hope in a couple of seasons we will be challenging in the Cups and in the top half of the table. I don’t know how much longer Carr will be around, but long term maybe Schteve will become Dof and Cathro (or other) become HC.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Correction.

    Chelsea have THIRTY TWO players out on loan, how is this allowed in the modern game!!!

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/the-definitive-list-of-all-32-chelsea-players-out-on-loan-a2925211.html

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  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Cathro is short term he will leave soon. Only if we give him a pay rise. Mcca once he is success we will have him for long term like 15 yrs.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #37

    money talks thats how

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    JackButler

    The number of players Chelsea own also stops the other top teams from potentially unearthing a diamond. I would not like to have the experience of another Obertan but NUFC can offer, with more likelihood, a younger player will get game time and so be a more attractive proposition than sitting in Chelsea Reserves and not (as yet!) a League contender.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #39

    JB
    tbf Chelsea buys loads of players to loan them out as a side business which allows them to fund themselves…nothing illegal in it

    If Ashley did it I’d be fine with it

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #40

    will die for the toon army

    Admittedly I get the feeling Cathro is only here short term and that we are a stop gap, for some unspecified reason.

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