Rafa May Already Have A Budding Box-To-Box Midfielder On The Books


19-year-old midfielder Mo Sangare has been impressive for the Newcastle U23 team lately, and he was given a chance by Rafa Benitez to train with the first team yesterday.

Rafa does that quite often if a young player is impressive in the Reserves, he takes a look at them during first-team training, and that gives a massive lift in confidence to the player.

Sangare scored in this week’s 3-0 win over Colchester United in the Premier League Cup and was impressive in that game.

The 19-year-old was born in Liberia and joined Newcastle after a successful trial last year.

Mo Sangare – budding attacking midfielder

The player stands 6ft 3ins tall and is a box-to-box midfielder who has improved rapidly since he arrived on Tyneside last year.

Ben Dawson is coaching the U23 team during the suspension of Peter Beardsley, and he has talked about the powerful teenager:

“I think more recently Mo Sangare has started to step up to another level. He still has a lot of work to do in terms of game understanding.”

“We’re still not sure exactly which position he will play. He has played as an 8 and a little bit as a 4 (inside right and right half) .”

“We’ve asked him to take a bit of responsibility in terms of doing an extra five minutes before training each day on the bounce boards to work on his touch.”

“He is so powerful that he often isn’t set. It looks at times like he’s sloppy but he’s got that much power.”

“If we can get a little bit more quality out of him and a little bit more game understanding, we will see where that takes him.”

Sangare played seven-a-side games in Stockport for Reddish North End Football Club until last year, so it’s only since he joined Newcastle that he has gained experience playing eleven-a-side games.

His improvement has been immense in such a short time – and maybe Rafa already has a young star on the books, who can force his way into the first team squad.

That’s exactly the thing we want to see in the future – lads coming through the system to become first team players.

Here’s hoping Mo can make it – and quickly too.

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147 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    So Jib picture this….

    You’re in the Match of the day studio on Saturday night (god forbid) and you’re analysing our game against Bournemouth. We throw away our two goal lead with ten minutes remaining and Jonjo Shelvey is standing on the edge of our box not bothering his arse to defend on BOTH goals… What would Jib the pundit say ??

    Neither Lampard or Shearer knew Shelvey was injured, nobody did until a few days ago. So why are you moaning about them stating the bleeding obvious on Saturday night ?

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  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Lampard’s family and Shelvey’s family live 5 streets apart
    in Romford
    They both played for the same boys club and West Ham’s
    youth system.
    Lampard didn’t slag another player off all evening
    Coincidence ?

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  • G

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Not watched Sangare play. Anybody seen him in the flesh?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Like the sound of this young lad. Exciting to hear about these youngsters impressing. Hopefully someday a few will make the grade. I still have my hopes on Armstrong to make it.

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  • G

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Off topic, but pleased to Klopp has confirmed that Gini W will not be in his squad due to illness. Lets hope he has been spending a bit of time with Salah lately!

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Not worth the brain power trying to come up with conspiracy theories about stuff like this, Jibblet. Even if he has a bone to pick with Shelvey, it’s no different than how the national media usually covers us. As pundits, they have to come up with talking points. If it wasn’t Shelvey, it would have been someone else. Nothing to see here.

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  • G

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Pleased to hear. Damned phone

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  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Dagwoodz
    Aye probably right , but Jonjo’s dad Ricky Shelvey
    who runs Harold Hill footy club and Frank Lampard Snr
    have issues

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    I think what annoyed me with the Lampard criticism of Shelvey was that it wasn’t even objective. Shearer had just finished presenting some examples of the great work Shelvey had done, and Lampard’s interjection just screamed of having to have something to say. There was no caveat of “who knows why he did that on these occasions as he hadn’t done it all game” or “maybe he was under instruction to stay out of the box”, there was just a direct implication of laziness and / or carelessness with no right to reply. If you can’t be objective, you’re not doing your job right

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib, RobLeenio,

    I really don’t put too much credence to criticisms pundits lay on the doorstep of players, these days. Admittedly, sometimes it’s warranted, but most of the time, it’s just them having a pop for the sake of saying something, not because they actually believe it. Maybe Lampard has a legit beef with Shelvey’s family, maybe not. Either way, I never expect anyone working as a pundit/anchor to be objective anymore. It’s all OpEd nowadays.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    SirJason

    Previous thread your comment. “Be a slaughter at Anfield”

    That’s the spirit lad, just hope LPool are ready for it.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Those blo0dy Lamgoliers are at it again!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #13

    As yet another thread gets eaten.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    EGB, we’re all off Googling Lamgoliers.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Langoliers? Where does Stephen King come up with those plots?

    How about this for an unlikely plotline:
    Liverpool 1 Newcastle 2

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Howay man Belfast cheer up and let the conspiracy theorists have a crack.

    Let’s hope Merino tapas one in ha ha all right well you do it then.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #17

    I see the daisy chain club and flower pressers have started to gather round. “Write this one off” “be a slaughter at Anfield” – that’s just the fighting stance we need to distance ourselves from the rest of the drop merchants isn’t it? Dear oh dear.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Munster

    On paper we should have no chance. A bit like when Rafa was 3-0 down in the European cup final.
    Logic says we won’t get anything, but then look at the Manu result, who gave us a prayer then.

    Does anyone know what’s happened with Ben M’Hanni (wrong spelling?) Don’t know if he was given a second chance under Dawson with Beardo still under investigation apparently.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    So when Liverpool visited SJP earlier in the season Amanda Staveley was in attendance. I think she wanted to see her old flame/target battle with her new flame, NUFC.

    It would be nice if she is in attendance tomorrow, sees Newcastle surprise all the pundits with a hard fought 1-2 win, decides odds for Newcastle staying up are excellent and so offers Mike a fresh new 310M£ cash up front deal! It could all happen! Maybe… 😀

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    chicousa

    Just to get a little bit more weird. 🙂

    One of the principles of Chaos Magic, is not to ask for something to happen, otherwise it might happen someday but necessarily when you want it.

    You have to say it has happened and it does when you want it to.

    So your putting that scoreline means that is going to be the score tomorrow.

    That is a very likely plotline on those principles.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #21

    EGB,
    I don’t often get the feeling we are going to shock the pundits and win against a heavily favored side! If you look back at the blog prior to the ManU match that was one of those occasions. “I got that feeling once again, I cannot put my finger on it…”

    PS: will have to google the subject of “Chaos Magic”! 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    I seem to remember Chaos Emeralds.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki

    Don’t know if you got the reference but my “that’s the spirit” line was (sort of) from The Last Starfighter film, where the hero was about to take on the massed enemy forces and he said forlornly “It’s going to be a slaughter” and his companion slapped him on the back saying”that’s the spirit, lets go and get them”

    And they did and so did we.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Sonic would be a cracking striker!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t see us beating Liverpool to be honest, probably get hammered anyway.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Nice one Welshie…….. Just what we need on the eve of a big match and in this f…ing weather as well. Not like you to be negative and defeatist.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Happy to help.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #28

    We want bin dipper scalp! Aiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiiiii!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #29

    How about a nice tidy draw? I would happily walk away with that.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #30

    We’ve been picked to finish 14th with 41 points by the BBC. I would be very happy indeed with that, although I did pick 14th with 37 points in wor Martoon prediction table.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Their front three is going to be the difference.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Picture us at the battle of Rorke’s Drift surrounded by thousands of screaming bin dippers. We fight them off and take the point. The bin dippers are left stricken on the field of battle. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I sniff at their front three welshie.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #34

    In fact I sniff at their entire 11. Harrumph…..

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Stick to fonging your honey badger.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #36

    A lot of you have been saying “G2 don’t get carried away. We won’t win this one or even get a draw.” Negative nellies I say! Positive thought waves lads. Beam them at the players today and tomorrow. I have just put my thought wave space command helmet on and tuned in the lads. Stand back!!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #37

    I never fong my honey badger welshie. I would let him bite you in the pantaloons though…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I just knocked Shelvey over with positive thought waves. He looks shocked and happy! Huzzah!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Minus ten hearts for your negative Nellie attitude welshie.

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  • jane

    Mar 2, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    “They [Leicester City] have reported a £233m turnover for the financial year ending 31 May 2017 and a pre-tax profit of £92.5m.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43262780

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