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Top Youngster Reveals Why He Chose Newcastle With Multiple Clubs After Him

Newcastle announced yesterday that we had signed promising 17-year-old striker Yannick Toure from BSC Young Boys in Switzerland, and he has signed an initial three-year contract

He was born in Dakar, Senegal, and he moved to Switzerland at a young age and has represented them at U-17 level.

The 6ft 1ins tall striker played for the Yong Boys under-21 side last season in the third tier of Swiss football, and he scored 7 goals in 14 appearances.

His excellent form has had clubs like Arsenal and Juventus interested in him.

Yannick Toure – young Newcastle United striker

This is what he has said on the Newcastle website via nufcTV:

“I’m very happy to sign for Newcastle.”

“I’ve heard a lot about them. I know it’s a famous club in England and I’m very, very happy to be here.”

“There was a lot of interest in me, but I chose to come here because it’s a great and traditional club in England.”

“I’m an offensive player and I like to score goals for the team. My position is a striker but I can play on the left and right.”

“I want to work hard, to learn and ultimately to play for the first team.”

“That is a very good challenge for me,”   It’s an opportunity for me to show what I’m capable of and have more game time.”

“It will be an experience, an introduction to English football for me, because it’s something new for me.”

“Maybe it will help me to establish myself.”

“I came to the stadium and watched the Chelsea match (on the last day of last season), which was very good,”

“Newcastle won 3-0 and it was a great match (yes it was – we won).”

“And I saw the fans, who were crazy.”

“They live for football and are so passionate, and I like that very much.”

Toure joined Young Boys at the age of 10 back in 2011, and he has started to take English lessons, but he can already speak some decent English – so he’s on his way.

We hope he is a huge success at Newcastle.

Yannick was not in the squad for the U23 game this afternoon at West Brom – but our other U23 signing – Rosaire Longelo – made his debut as a sub in the second half.

It ended 1-1 with Newcastle coming back with a goal from Callum Roberts after we were 1-0 down at the break.

Comments welcome.

131 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #81

    Well said beermonkey @78!

  • jimiley

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #82

    Jeremy Corbyn will tax the rich at 98 per cent.
    No superstars will come to England so he will level the playing field. Only duffers will come here and the Toon might have a chance of winning something.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #83


    from your response earlier this morning

    I thought this was from a combination of promotion bonus, paying off the previous management team and the wages of on loan players.


    it wasn’t part of the promotion bonus, the breakdown was

    total wages 112M
    ‘actual wages’ 80M
    player / staff bonus 10M
    mysterious one-off payment 22M

    it can’t be for paying off the previous management team as that was in the previous year’s accounts. the only person who left in this accounting period was Graham Carr (he got 250K payoff) and the only player who we had on loan during this period was Atsu

  • lochinvar

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #84

    From The Daily Mail
    Newcastle United have still not reached a decision on the future of Under-23 coach Peter Beardsley – more than seven months after he was suspended amid allegations of racism and bullying.
    The club refuse to comment on the progress of the investigation, despite manager Rafa Benitez saying it is ‘important to sort things out’.
    We revealed at the end of last season that an independent appeal had found Beardsley made discriminatory comments and that his treatment of Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was ‘generally unfair’.

    Needs sorting. Under 23’s are the clubs potential future so need the right management team to deliver the results and have the respect of the players. Apparently the matter is being dealt with by Charnley ? Time to move on.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #85


    beardo could join wise and be a press puppet for ashley

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #86

    I agree Jail it would probably be the wiser to let me look after any kid than you!

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #87

    A solution to the problem that is Pedro, could be to move him to the Human Resources staff at the House of Frazer.

    It would be fascinating to witness Bishop’s spin with that manoeuvre! Just a thought…

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #88

    Some fool on here criticised me when I said the enquiry into Pedro had lasted too long after a few months. Well now who’s the twat? A normal organisation would have this sorted fairly by a human resources department very quickly, but not nufc. I’ll bet if Kevin Nolan had been a coach with his anti Ashley approach, and had to answer similar questions , he wud have been chopped long ago, after a fast investigation.

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2018 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #89

    NYMag @83

    Here’s a link posted when those accounts were published and you’ll see specific references made to the wages costs that inflated the loss.


  • Veltman

    Aug 14, 2018 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #90

    Good night Essex.You are a good man and a good poster.
    I usually enjoy your input.Hope you had a good break.
    Could you please try to summon that guy that comes out at night and bore us with his repetitive posts.Can’t stand him.It’s not funny anymore.

    Cheers and regards

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 14, 2018 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #91

    Some interesting facts re demonstrations etc. In-ground doesn’t appear to work.


  • NY Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #92


    I’ve read that true faith article before, doesn’t make sense to me (I’m sorry if this is going to sound like a rant, it’s nothing personal to you)

    Here are the relevant parts of that article :-

    What were the “exceptional items”?

    £9.9m promotion bonus and a provision for onerous contracts of £22m.

    What on earth is an onerous contract?

    An onerous contract is a contract in which the aggregate cost required to fulfil the agreement is higher than the economic benefit to be obtained from it.

    Sorry, still none the wiser.

    Recognising in the accounts players who are crap but will still cost us a fortune in the future.

    Is this common?

    No. I’ve checked dozens of clubs’ accounts going back a number of years and this is the first time I’ve come across it.


    Now I can agree with points 1,2 & 4 that they make
    There was £10M bonus paid to player / staff and there was £22M one off charge

    I also agree on the definition of an onerous contract charge (btw, what TF have put is a copy and paste from the company accounts)

    I also agree that I have never ever seen this used before

    What I don’t agree with is their ‘accountancy 101’ explanation of it

    “Recognizing in the accounts players who are crap but will still cost us a fortune in the future”

    Let’s use a real example, Jack Colback is pretty worthless to NUFC, but he still has a contract
    We either have to
    A) keep paying his wages until the end of his contract (albeit we can offset that from loaning him to another club and asking them to subsidise his wages )
    B) selling him to another club, thereby terminating his contract
    C) paying off his contract

    Only option C require that a significant sum of money be accounted for,
    In this particular example option C would probably require around £2M
    The £22M in question would require 11 Jack Colback’s (or equivalent wages and contract lengths)

    I just don’t buy it…..

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 14, 2018 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #93

    Nope NY Mag, nor do I, fishier than a Craster Kipper, that’s been out in the sun for a couple of days.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #94


    Very succinct…..
    that did make me laugh though

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #95

    Onerous contacts are quite common

    In footy they usually apply to deals
    with agents which can run as long
    as the players (that they represent)
    They often have their commissions
    paid over a period of time to obviate
    any tax burden.

    Another legacy of that nice Swiss
    gentleman Herr Blatter.

    I think part of HMRC looksee at our
    books was directed more at the agents
    than the club.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 14, 2018 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #96

    It is a worrying the BBC report on fans and football shows that clubs do not need fans
    ie Bournemouth generate 90% off their revenue comes from the TV deal.
    And that was for the 2016/17 season

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #97

    NY Mag

    Thanks for the response. It is funny how my mind had tried to legitimise the ‘mysterious’ £22m. Now you have remind me of the circumstances my first understanding was that it was an accumulation of players contracts that we were no longer going to be seeing in the first team, ie. Colback, Lazzar, Saviet, Sels,& Mbemba. In essence writing them off as an asset to the club.

    If this is the case then if the club receive any money from the sale of these players they will have to adjust the ‘exceptional item’ figure in the next set of accounts by the same amount. The potential loop hole being that the clubs value of an individual player ‘written off’ is different from the sale amount and thereby reducing the overall profitability of the club (plus tax bill).

    This is only my uneducated summation, but what do you think?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #98

    I was down the pub with Joe Kinnear & Dennis Wise last night and was told that the £22m mysterious payment was made to Jib, Nicky and other ‘Ashley apologists’ to defend him on the blog. I shouldnt have said that as there are people on here who will believe it.

    On a serious not if the bulk of these onerous payments are agent fees it is something that needs to be looked at. Those leaches are taking lots of money out of football and ensuring most clubs don’t make profit. Half of them don’t even seem qualified.if Colback can get himself £40,000 per week and a huge signing on fee you have to ask why the other players need an agent. Just look at what others are getting then try to get more. The agents probably get the players an extra 10-20% pay but then the player has to give the agent 10-20% of his pay. Shows how stupid they must be.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #99


    That rings a bell. NUFC payed a very high amount to Agents. Something like the top five highest.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #100

    maybe they paid off a few players contracts in full, but told them they must stay and anything earned from loans goes to the club. can’t think why they would do that but it’s possible. it would make the club look more attractive to a buyer perhaps, then you can say our wage bill is only £80m per year, rather than £90m or whatever.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #101

    Most agents are failed footballers who
    have built up contacts over time
    Carmine (Mino) Raiola who is half
    Dutch half Italian played for HFC Haarlem
    but at age 19 went on the admin side
    (the club went bankrupt in 2010)
    Started with Sport Promotions and got
    involved with the large number of Dutch
    players going to Serie A
    Went out on his own – is reputed to have
    made £41m from the sale of Pogba to
    Manure – I doubt that was all paid up front
    and will be shown in their accounts as a
    VERY onerous contract.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #102

    What happens if Dicky Keys looks in the mirror and sees Mike Ashley looking back at him ?

    Is that what’s called a conundrum ?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #103

    If you look at the bargains we get Schar £3m, Muto £9m, Rondon £2m, and countless others, it makes sense we are getting them because we are paying the agent the most and he’s selling NUFC to the players. Lot’s of teams would have been in for Schar at that price and lots of teams would have wanted Kenedy. Usually you have to give these bargain players slightly higher wages due to the competition to get them.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #104

    I wouldn’t emply an ex-footballer to handle my finances. They’re thick as pig’s sh*t, especially the British ones. I wish I’d become a football agent. They seem to earn more than the players. How the hell did that guy get £40m for Pogba?Couldn’t Pogba have got that £40m for himself? It’s almost an extra £100,000 per week the daft sod.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #105

    I noticed that Charlie. It’s great news for small teams. Previously a team like Huddersfield would have eventually not been to compete financially but now its a more level playing field. We’ll probably see more and more tiny teams making a go of it and bigger teams fading. Bad news for us that our 52,000 doesn’t mean all that much anymore. But I suppose when the smaller teams go down and lose the TV money they havent got the season ticket money to fall back on as much as we have.

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #106

    NY Mag

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #107

    I also think if you go down and you’re not running a tight ship or have a wealthy owner or some very highly valued players to sell then you are screwed. Whoever our next chairman is I hope they can afford a relegation if it happens, even better I hope they have enough knowledge of football to avoid that scenerio. I see no news about the Korean billionaire who whispered in getoutworeclub’s ear.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #108

    Ha ha ha
    I’ve just read this on Wiki
    After the Pogba deal Raiola
    paid cash ($9million) for the
    Miami ex home of the notorious
    Chicago mobster Al Capone
    How appropriate is that ?

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #109

    NY Mag

    Must say that the finer points of accounting rules are beyond my ken and doubtless the explanation for the mysterious £22m will emerge sometime.

    Those accounts were posted nearly there months later than they should’ve been. Could their delay have been down to getting them signed off by the external auditor – or to release them to coincide with the opening of the transfer window?

    We shall see over time.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #110

    Some interesting CL qualifiers tonight
    The pick for Brits is probably Celtic away to AEK Athens
    a tricky tie as the Greeks managed a draw at Celtic last week.

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #111

    Sammy (as you would call yourself today)

    Please spare us the Corbyn-related snippets – they spoil my breakfast routine. I have the Breitbart Bugle and the Daily Heil delivered and like to look at them over breakfast!

    Despite that, we know that Corbyn’s political judgement’s somewhat lacking and like many others, despair when he plays right into his opponents’ hands.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #112


    looking for sinister reasons all the time.

    NUFC accounts have always been released in June
    under Ashley
    Under fat Fred the year end was 31st July

    Next accounts made up to
    30 June 2018
    due by 31 March 2019
    will be released June 2019
    Just because they aren’t released
    to Joe Public doesn’t mean there’s
    anything dodgy.
    Most clubs wait until seasons end
    to release figures
    Lesh says:-
    “Must say that the finer points of accounting rules are beyond my ken”

    You’re not wrong there sunshine

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #113

    “Please spare us the Corbyn-related snippets”

    I fear while we have a blogger with a Jezza
    avatar they will persist

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #114

    The Next Mike Williamson (at Gatesheed)
    The big problem is that the big teams are whingeing because they need a full house to make a profit which is leading to these teams wanting to break away and form a European super League hoping to get a even bigger cut of TV revenue

  • 9

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #115

    Pedro has no future at the NUFC and the sooner he’s shown the door the better.Great footballer, carp coach. Good riddance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #116

    Do you think Rafa was given every last penny the club generated?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #117

    He won’t be shown the door though because he can be relied upon to tell us how much the club means to Mikey when the chips are down. And if what’s happening is good enough for Pedro then it’s good enough for bills son and many like him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #118

    Cardiff away couldn’t come at a better time, we need to be winning these games because we’re not getting much change from most of the next five.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #119
  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #120


    I think the funds were available – yes
    The fact that they weren’t all used is
    probably more to do with the weird
    transfer market this WC year than
    the block being put on transfers.

    But hey we didn’t make a marqué
    signing so let’s all attack SD.


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