Newcastle Signing Top Young Players Under The Radar


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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 7, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    On Diame/Sissoko we got the better deal !!

    Sissoko is faster but Diame works harder and gets stuck in also is better on the ball! Would not have liked to have seen Moussa in the championship especially away from home shirking challenges

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  • martoon

    Feb 7, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I seem to remember at the time there was a poster kept mentioning this (sorry I can’t remember who) but you kept ignoring it Ed!

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 7, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    need to raid brazil and german league for youngsters we should the the kid from brazil called lincoln

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Malcom, Rodrigo Bentancur , Thiago Maia, Tin Jedvaj

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  • Pitmatic

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    We’ve been signing these top young players for years now. I can’t remember a single one of them ever making the grade, so I won’t hold my breath.

    Findlay did alright the other week though. I see he’s wearing the same weird Amish beard as Armstrong. What is all that about?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Aye sisko only ever used his pace to (try) beat players where as diame actually uses skill plus pace and power and gets stuck in and can shoot and can pass and can head plus doesn’t only show up when a camera is on him and doesn’t constantly harp on about his dream move and then move to their fiercest rivals! But apart from that they’re quite similar

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I never liked Sissokos attitude but hes a better footballer than Diame

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  • martoon

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Jamsha when a young kid comes over here there is a good chance his parents and/or family will move with him – no problem at the moment with an EU country such as Spain. For a Brazilian you would have to sort out visas, work permits etc. for possibly the whole family – so it’s not as simple as we’ll have that one and that one etc.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 7, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    JAMSHA
    Football manager fan by any chance?

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  • lesh

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Reposted from an earlier thread

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  • lesh

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ll try adding my reposted post!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Martoon

    It was me. 🙂

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  • lesh

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    This time – before hitting ‘Publish’

    Sorry to sound negative, but could this ST price freeze be an attempt to encourage renewals – before Ashley and Rafa fall out?

    And WW

    Sissoko may have a better skills set than Diame, but he doesn’t apply them consistently!

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  • lesh

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Pitmatic

    Didn’t Rafa recruit a (Spanish?) coach to look after the young ‘uns?

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    lesh
    Neither does Diame

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I reckon Diame is a notch or two up from sulksosso, I don’t even think that Sulksosso is a better footballer.

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  • martoon

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Essex Geordie Bill – Sorry I just couldn’t remember who it was – anyway your claim to fame is you beat Ed to a story by 3 days 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Essex
    Nar mate Diame is just as hit and miss but he doesnt have the skills of Sissoko, hes alright good at this level certainly but I expect him to be on the bench next season if we get decent backing in the summer

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  • cyprus

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ll agree with pit.

    Signing for the future all the time leaves the present empty. Maybe this kid will come good, possibly not, given our record.

    By all means sign them, but in the summer sign three outstanding players.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Cyprus

    Kids often become outstanding players, we’ve signed supposed stars in the past who don’t make the grade either.

    I’m expecting the new set up to really bring some of these on big time.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Perhaps even, although I acknowledge it’s a long shot, that the time is nigh when Vukic makes a breakthrough.

    I’d love to see it happen, along with Wor Sammy.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #22

    WWSBRD

    We are just going to have to disagree about Diame!! 🙂

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully some analyst will write up a tactical analysis of Newcastle under Rafa Benitez by the end of the season, would be very interested to see patterns/themes of play, our systems, how we act on and off the ball etc. love watching our football atm.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #24

    James

    Well volunteered mate, I look forward to reading it!! 😉

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Essex
    Haha fair enough but do u think he’ll be a starter next season in the PL?

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  • cyprus

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Essex
    Hope so. It’s great to get young super talents which become stars, but it doesn’t bring instant success.

    Also hope Sammy and a couple of others will be given many chances, especially if we wrap up this championship thing soon.

    I still think we’ll also need the Mourinho style fast route. A few top players. Come on, we got 50 mil. loose change.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #27

    i do think for these youngsters to be successful they need better coaching than that offered by beardo and watson. neither of the latter 2 as far as i know has a glittering cv in coaching terms

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Wasn’t Fernandez snapped up from one of Barcelona’s feeder clubs? Think Jib mentioned something about it about a week ago

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  • cyprus

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Just how cool is that Ranieri guy. Laughing, enjoying his job, humble…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Does any-one know if Shelvey is one booking away from a ban????

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  • cyprus

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Charlie
    Shelvey is always one booking away from a ban 😉

    I see Monk Wagner charged. Not nice to say, but could create some disruption. Monk’s comments were classy, but the other dude’s enthusiasm was from the heart, and good viewing.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    BTW,
    This Rafa we got is also a cool and dignified gentleman. His blush, when attacked, is so… ‘honest’.

    Whenever he was in trouble with his past teams he almost always kept his cool and dignity. (Hope you’re reading, Jail)

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD

    Yes I do, he’s already played Premier league football with reasonable success, can’t see any reason why he couldn’t for us.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #34

    According to nufc.com Shelvey has had 4 bookings. The cut off for a suspension for 5 bookings was the 30th of November. The next cut off for 10 bookings is the second Sunday in March.
    Here’s a handy link which explains the rules and shows who is currently suspended and who is one game away.
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwip6bmmzP7RAhXGshQKHbB4B_AQFgghMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thefa.com%2Ffootball-rules-governance%2Fdiscipline%2Fsuspensions&usg=AFQjCNGeIHbIOE49jppaQpCM1Smwm-FAyA
    Incidentally according to the site Lua Lua is currently serving a 4 match ban which started on the 15th of Dec. Not sure what’s going on there because if he is banned how did he play against is last week?

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #35

    hibbit

    In answer to your question yesterday:-
    “Of 240 teams to play at this level since 2000, only four are in better nick than United are at this stage. Those teams: Reading (05/06 record breakers), Cardiff, Leicester and Fulham. After 29 games they had: 72 points, 63 points, 62 points and 70. All went up comfortably.”

    It’s from an article in today’s Chronic.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #36

    When you buy young players they need to be given first team games. Whether at the club or out on loan, otherwise they do not develop. Im a believer in playing young players and I wish we did more of that and not only play kids out of necessity irrespective of their confidence and form. Buying special talents is useless if they are not given games. Findlay played in the cup match and I said beforehand he will be fine because he’s had over 50 or so first team games in Scotland. Plus, he had played well in the u23 so it was a no brainer he would do well and I also believe he played well and confident because of the experience he had as young player.

    We have had some good talent that wasted away over the years because we held on to them for too long without giving them game time, real first team games. I’ve been banging on about longstaff recently and said he was ready to step up to the first team considering his form, confidence and our lack of variety and goals from midfield. I am glad he’s gone out on loan and is getting games, he is proving to be a useful player so far who will only get better with games.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Since when was the disgrace that was football hooliganism ever even remotely acceptable?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 7, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    lesh,
    Ashley does nothing from the goodness of his heart, I hope this ticket freeze isn’t because they know Rafa will leave 🙁

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 7, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail, it was part and parcel of the match day experience. That’s just how it was. Nobody was a football hooligan, but it was a fact of life that if you went to an away game, the chances are you would likely be attacked. That’s just how it was. It wasn’t a matter of having a choice, as it was later in the mid to late eighties, when it was organised, the seventies was a time when skinheads/boot boys was the fashion of the day.
    I don’t know exactly when it started – sometime in the late sixties – but when I was going regularly to away games as a teenager, that’s just how it was.
    It wasn’t just a football issue, it was a social issue all over Britain. Unless you were there at the time, it’s difficult to understand. Even though I was there, i’ not sure myself what it was all about. People fought at football matches, that’s how it was.
    When people like myself look back on it, we can’t explain it. It was like that before I got there. You either accepted it, or stopped going to away games.
    You’ve got to remember we were young lads. That was the life we were growing up in. It wasn’t a choice. If you wanted to go, that was what you had to put up with. It was a crazy time, no doubt about it, but everybody who went back then has memories from it. It’s not like you could avoid it either. It happened before, during and after the games. It was a price you paid for following your club away. A sign of the times.
    You won’t find anybody saying it was better back then, because now it’s civilised, but back then it was a working class sport with working class social problems of the day. It was a crazy time, but I for one had never known it be anything but that way. That’s simply how it was.

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  • lesh

    Feb 7, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail

    Ashley being Ashley, he’d rather get the cash in and if the chit does hit the fan, we’ll nowt lost apart from a top-drawer manager and any chance of a decent one in future.

    As you know, money’s his god and bollocks to the customers!

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