It was a bit of a surprise that 18 year-old Slovakian ( sorry – I originally had Slovenian) defender Lubomir Satka got a place on the plane to New Zealand yesterday, after coming on after 55 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at Oldham on Tuesday night for Vurnon Anita.
Lubomir Satka – Newcastle’s young center-back
Satka was signed from Dubnica a short two years ago, and he went straight into the U21 side, and so far manager Alan Pardew has already talked about the very promising youngster as one for the future at Newcastle.
This is what Alan has said about the Slovakian U21 International:
“Lubo is, for me, a player beyond his years – he’s very calm.” “If you were going to look at a young Coloccini, you’ve got to say that’s Lubo.
“He’s so level-headed and technically good. He’s got a great chance for us. We’ve really got our fingers crossed for him.”
If Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leaves this summer then Newcastle would have only three experienced center-backs, but we also have some very good young center-backs coming through the ranks at the moment, and as well as Lubo they include 19 year-old South Shields lad Remie Streete, and 21 year-old Australian International Curtis Good, who is still recovering from a hip operation.
If one of these three show up well in pre-season, Newcastle may hold off on buying another young center-back, with English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier (supposedly) being a Newcastle target, but his Portuguese club have put a fee of £5M on his head, and that’s said to be too much for Newcastle.
We certainly need some of our younger players to come through, and this pre-season is a big opportunity for teenagers like Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell, Rolando Aarons and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to show what they can do.
But don’t be too surprised if Lubo Satka starts to come through at Newcastle and plays (very) well in pre-season.
Lubo is keen to improve his game and start to score some goals from set plays, and this is what he has said :
“I’ve talked about it with the coaches and worked on it in training,” “I’ve worked on my finishing and heading. Thankfully, it’s worked.”
It would be great if Lubo, Remie or Curtis can start coming through soon, and it would mean we wouldn’t necessarily have to bring in another center-back – even if Mapou moves on, as he is expected to this summer.
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