This Talented Youngster Causing Buzz In Development Squad

Peter Beardsley has been praising 20 year-old Moroccan Yasin El-Mhanni as having unbelievable ability ever since he arrived at Newcastle on July 8th, after the Magpies had seen off competition for the youngster from Arsenal, Leicester and Norwich City.

The very skillful youngster has been compared to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and his terrific skills have already been showcased on Nike commercials with Barcelona’s Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni

20 year-old Yasin El-Mhanni

The midfielder was the star player for the Newcastle U-21 side in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Corby Town in our Steel Park Cup opening game.

It’s good to see Newcastle teams winning again even though it is only pre-season with the first team winning 4-0 at Lokeren in Belgium yesterday.

The young Moroccan plays in left midfield and has been very impressive since joining Newcastle and is creating a buzz for sure.

But he is still a very raw talent and it’s one of Peter Beardsley’s jobs as Development manager to coach him and to improve his all-around game  – especially his defensive game – as just one of the things that are needed in the lad’s development.

This is what Peter has said about the player today:

“He’s got unbelievable ability.” “I would say, without being negative, he needs to learn the game.”

“By that I mean going forward he’ll never have a problem because he’s got brilliant talent, but obviously he needs to know when to defend, when to help, when to get himself organised, but a great kid.”

“He’s come in and he’s embraced everything we’ve tried to do and we’re enjoying having him.” “If I’m being honest I can’t take any credit for bringing him in.”

“Steve Nickson and his recruitment staff are the reason he’s here, and fair play to them because he’s obviously got a talent, which they saw and we’re just trying to enhance that and make it better.”

One of the areas Rafa Benitez is looking for a vast improvement in is the Development squad – and their ability to bring players through to the first team.

We have to hope that Yasin El-Mhanni will soon be one of them and his next step would be to join the first team  squad in training.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Get him out of Beardos clutches asap

  • Offkey

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    This guys on YouTube doing challenges like cross bar challenge etc. In the freestyle tricks he comments that he has ‘bad hamstrings’……..however, He has some skills like.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    He needs to know when to back track, can’t have players like HBA at the club.


    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Pedro may get some players developing now that Rafa will be helping the under 21s, he might not feel like the forgotten man these days

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5


    ‘… Moroccan Yasin El-Mhanni as having unbelievable ability ever since he arrived at Newcastle…’

    Don’t want to be too pedantic or give false praise to our coaching staff but Moroccan Yasin El-Mhanni had unbelievable ability BEFORE he arrived at Newcastle !

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I saw him on the highlights of an U21 match recently and his skills on the ball looked really nice. Hope he continues to improve.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, correct, players need to learn to defend aswell. Even hba would benefit a team by learning a bit of this. If yasin doesnt he wont get near a rafa team, end of. Will you blame rafa for that? I wont.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t worry lads a couple of years trudging under Pedros cumbersome tutelage and he will be ready for a dm sub start or two, followed by being scapegoat of the year, vanished to the reserves and loaned out to Bristol Rovers. A bright future awaits. He could easily up at PSG if he plays his cards right.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Munster yes but I believe Rafa is more into defending his position rather than our previous incumbents idea of getting to our byline every moment he hasn’t got the ball. To ask a creative player who relies on skill and turn on speed to shag himself out constantly tracking up and down the pitch is negating and pointless.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    This kid has major talent on the ball with his crazy skills. But ball tricks don’t win you football matches but it really helps it really helps to know some. If he can improve is all-round game like Ed says he could be our next HBA but with a better understanding of team-play. He should look at Mahrez’s season with Leicester for inspiration and take note of hi overall play and how he defends and attacks effectively.

    But I too am weary to Beardsley’s methods of coaching and I hope the kid impresses enough so he is quickly under Rafa’s guidance.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 24, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Jp i agree. Tsunki i agree re too much running pointlessly. But as for closing down and tracking and hard work, sorry its needed. Mahrez did more of that in one season than hba wud do in 4.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 24, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Beardsley will ruin him.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 24, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    This boy looks good, but apart from the defensive aspects, I think he needs to hit the gym & bulk up a bit.
    He would get tossed around for 90 mins in a premiership game, even championship.


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