Newcastle Sign Another Top Young Striker

17 year-old striker Tyrique Bartlett has had a trial at Newcastle and he must have done well because he is being offered a three year contract by the club, as reported in the Chronicle.

He is the son of South African International striker Shaun who played for Charlton Athletic from 2000 through 2006 and also played for some clubs in the MLS during his career.

Rafa Benitez with Academy manager Joe Joyce

Tyrique will join the U18 Youth side under Academy manager Joe Joyce, when he finally arrives at the club after he gets his International clearance.

He has been playing for Pretoria University’s youth team and this is another example of Newcastle searching all over the world for top young talent to bring into the club.

We’ve been doing that since early 2008, but haven’t seemed to be able to get the caliber of youngsters who can make it through to the first team at Newcastle.

That could well change under Rafa Benitez who has contacts all around the world and gets to know about good young players, wherever they are.

Newcastle will be trying to sign a number of these young players as we move ahead under Rafa, who is  transforming the club from top to bottom.

Tyrique follows 17-year-old Spanish striker Juan Lopez into the club; Lopez joined Newcastle last month from Recreativo de Huelva.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jan 2, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Rafa has this spot on, building for the future from the lowest level, so the players that do make it to the first team, are home grown, and ready to play in England.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s what sets Rafa apart from the others Firebug…attention to detail beyond the first team on and off the pitch. Improving at all levels has never been the managers aim here for many years. Our young uns set up / teams have needed polishing up!

  • expatmag

    Jan 2, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems to be doing well in that aspect but it should be remembered that football is a ruthless world and only a small percenrage come through.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 2, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I want to see local youth being given their fair chance though. To me it’s important for the future of this great club that local young lads can see their peers getting a break. This Tyrique lad sounds like a canny player from what I’ve read, but I wonder if we can bring on local talent as efficiently as we clearly have been at unearthing the South African son of an ex pro??
    Basically, I hope he hasn’t had a leg up ahead of anyone else..


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