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.