Newcastle want to strengthen Peter Beardsley’s U23 squad this summer and we have agreed to sign 20 year-old Arsenal defender Stefan O’Connor on a two-year deal as reported in ESPN.
The 20-year-old 6ft 1ins defender who can play at right back or center-back, became a free agent this summer when his contract ran out and he was released by the Gunners.
But Arsenal will still be due some compensation for their player since Stefan has come through the Arsenal Youth Academy joining the club from Crystal Palace back in 2010.
20 year-old Arsenal defender Stefan O’Connor
O’Connor has apparently already been training with Newcastle according to the ESPN report and after Rafa Benitez has taken a look at him it looks like he’s impressed the boss – and Stefan will now sign a two year deal at the club.
He has played twice for the England U17 team and once for the Arsenal first team back in December 2014.
That was in a Champions League match against Galatasaray, when he replaced former Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy in that game.
Stefan plays usually at center-back but he can also play at right back so here is another young player we have signed who with good coaching could well become a first team player in the future.
That’s exactly what Newcastle need to do – bring young players like Stefan through the ranks.
What do you think?