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.