Sunderland signed highly talented Joel Asoro from IF Brommapojkarna in the summer of last year and the 17 year-old made his debut for the Black Cats against Middlesbrough this season, when he came on as an 81st minute substitute.
He has since made another 2 appearances for Sunderland and he made his debut for the Sweden U21 side last month starting the game against Spain in the 1-1 draw.
Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr was at that game and he praised the performance of the Sunderland youngster after the game.
Joel Asoro in action against Shrewsbury
Joel has now played three times for the Swedish U-21 even though he doesn’t turn 18 until next April.
Certainly there are a number of top clubs now taking an interest in the youngster and it seems like Newcastle are one of those clubs
Asoro started his career at his hoem town club IFK Haninge and then when he turned eleven he moved to IF Brommapojkarna.
The club is well known in Sweden for its famous Youth Academy which has produced players such as John Guidetti, Albin Ekdal, Simon Tibbling and Ludwig Augustinsson in the past.
He was there for five years before moving to the Black Cats.
Sunderland obviously will not want to lose their prize asset and he could even cost quite a lot given the huge potential of the teenager.
We’ll have to wait and see what transpires, but it’s doubtful that Newcastle would have any chance of signing the teenager in January.
However Sunderland have only 2 points from their first 9 league games, four points worse off than Newcastle after 9 games last season – that’s not good because we were completely hopeless under Steve McClaren last season.
And for the umpteenth year in a row the Black Cats are struggling with relegation.
New manager David Moyes will need to turn it around quickly and if we cannot the only question is when will Sunderland sign up the now available Sam Allardyce to try to save them?
If Sunderland do finally get relegated this season we could see Rafa Benitez make an attempt to sign Asoro.
Joel would probably love to be working with a world-class manager at a club who finally seem to be going places.
That club is Newcastle United of course.
What do you think?