Newcastle are taking 16-year-old Finnish goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen on a one-week trial with the club trying to bolster their squad at every level of the club under new manager Rafa Benitez.
The 6ft 2ins tall goalkeeper is highly rated in his home country and has played for the Finland U-16 side and he will try to earn a contract at Newcastle in the coming week.
Otto Huuhtanen – 16 year-old Finnish goalkeeper
He is currently at his homer town club Ilves Tampere and has already been on the subs bench and wears the number 12 shirt even through he doesn’t turn 17 until February.
The goalkeeper has a contract that runs for the next two years, but the club seems happy to have him travel to England for the trial.
Huuhtanen had a similar trial at Norwich back in March but the East Anglia club decided not to sign the player.
Huuhtanen has a high profile at his home town club and this is what the Ilves Tampere’ President and CEO Toni Hevonkorpi had to say about him:
“Of course it is great to see that the development of Otto’s has been noticed and even by foreign clubs.”
“Otto now travels to England for the second time and I hope this camp will go just as well as the first one.”
Rafa Benitez is keen to build up the squads at each level of the club after a disastrous season in which all age levels underperformed at the club and of course we were relegated to the Championship for the second time in seven years.
We are all hoping the only way for Newcastle now it up – and quickly too.