There’s news in Chronicle Live that Newcastle are again scouting in Belgium today as they look at some young stars to bring into the club in the January transfer window.
If Newcastle can keep winning games after the shock home defeat yesterday against Blackburn, we should be in a good position to attract some good young talent in January and sign a few players then and more will arrive in the summer.
But some players will also be surplus to requirements in the summer, which is why some players in the squad are now playing for their Newcastle futures.
Leon Bailey – 19 year-old Genk left winger
Newcastle are again reported to be watching two Genk players we have been interested in all season long and they are 19 year-old Jamaican left winger Leon Bailey and Wilfred Ndidi, the 19 year-old Nigerian International defender/midfielder.
Leon Bailey is a top young player who is interesting a number of big clubs in Europe and he’s played 68 times for Genk with 15 goals and 19 assists.
Bailey joined Genk in 2015 from Trencin and made his debut for the club in August of last year in the 3–1 away defeat at Sint-Truiden.
At then end of the 2015–2016 season he was named the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year.
Ndidi signed for Genk a year last January from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos in his native Nigeria and he made his debut for Genk on 31st January last year at Charleroi.
Wilfried Ndidi – 19 year-old defender/midfielder
This season he has played 27 games with two goals in all competitions for his Belgium club and he has made a total of 76 appearances with 6 goals and 3 assists.
Ndidi has already made 2 appearances for the full Nigerian National side.
Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and Middlesbrough were all reported to be interested in the player last summer and this season Newcastle are interested in signing him.
Both players fit the profile of players Rafa would like to sign at Newcastle – top young players who have shown potential and can improve under the coaching of the world-class manager.
There will be activity in the January transfer market and hopefully by then Newcastle will have won a lot more games in the Championship and be really well positioned for promotion.
That’s the hope anyway.