With the signing of 18-year-old Victor Fernandez last Friday, Newcastle are quietly signing some top young players this season and they are doing it fairly quietly as Rafa wants to build up the quality of Peter Beardsley’s development squad.
The photo below is one of the pictures Victor’s former Spanish club UE Cornella issued last week saying that Newcastle had just signed the player.
And Fernandez made his debut for the Newcastle U23 side last night and we won at West Brom with a 93rd minute goal from former first team player Haris Vuckic.
From all accounts we have seen of the game Fernandez looked very good on his debut.
18-year-old striker Victor Fernandez
Fernandez is a striker who comes equipped with excellent skills.
The Spanish striker joins Juanito, the former Recreativo de Huelva striker in joining the Magpies as we bring in more Spanish players because of the influence of Rafa Benitez.
Tyrique Bartlett is another young player to join Newcastle and he’s the son of the former South Africa International striker Shaun Bartlett.
Stuart Findlay – Newcastle center-back
These players are in addition to Stuart Findlay and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni who joined the club in the summer and both players have already made their debut for Newcastle this season.
Elias Fritjof Sorensen, the Danish U17 striker was also signed by Newcastle in late summer and he’s another talented youngster who has been brought into the club this season.
Newcastle have been trying to sign good young players as part of our youth policy since early 2008, but we haven’t been too successful in doing that – not yet anyway.
But with Rafa Benitez now in charge at Newcastle we are hoping the club can sign some top young players in the future.
These signings are being carried out without too much fanfare – below the radar screen – so we have to hope we are getting some star players of the future signed when they are still very young.
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