Three youngsters have been promoted to the first team and have reported back to Newcastle this morning for preseason training.
They are most likely there to fill out the numbers. However, it is interesting that neither Elias Sorensen or Yannick Toure were among the three as Newcastle have a shortage of first-team strikers currently.
The players who did get called into training with the first team are forward Thomas Allen, goalkeeper Nathan Harker, and midfielder Mo Sangare.
Thomas Allen– filling Ayoze’s shoes
Thomas Allen is a nineteen-year-old forward who plays as a second striker or as a wide forward on the right. He is a Newcastle United Youth Academy product who signed his first professional contract last summer.
Thomas is a local lad born in Newcastle and has been with the club since 2012. He must have impressed Ben Dawson last season to get this opportunity.
Nathan Harker– imposing young keeper
Nathan Harker is a twenty-year-old goalkeeper born in Northampton. He made 27 appearances for the U23s last season and had 8 clean sheets.
He has also gained quite a reputation at saving penalties having saved a late penalty against Reading U23s in February and then 3 in a penalty shootout again verse Reading in May.
Mo Sangare– left-footed central midfielder from Liberia
Mohammed Sangare is a twenty-year-old central midfielder who was born in Liberia. He has dual English citizenship but has already made two international appearances for Libera.
He made 36 appearances for the U23s last season with 2 goals and 2 assists. His contract is due to run out next summer so hopefully, he can get a new contract soon.
We are happy that these youngsters will get an opportunity to train with the first team. Co-caretaker manager Ben Dawson will know all about these three players from coaching them last season.