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Newcastle Under-23 Midfielder Talks About Proving Point This Season

Twenty-year-old midfielder Mo Sangare has given an interview to the Newcastle homepage ahead of this afternoon’s Under-23s match at Reading.

Mo Sangare is one of our top young midfield prospects. He is one of the youngsters that was called up to train with the first team when the players returned for pre-season in early July.

Mo is a 6’2″ central midfielder who was born in Liberia. He has dual English citizenship but has already made two international appearances for Libera.

He had a solid season last year but is not happy with just that. He wants to improve this season and will have aspirations of pushing into the Newcastle first-team.

This is what Mo said about last season and what he wishes to accomplish going forward:

“Pre-season has been very good for the squad and it looks like all the lads are ready for the game on Monday. We are looking to go into that game and hopefully get a positive result. I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s always important to get a strong start to the season. If you can start well, it can influence your season. If you start poorly, you don’t have too much to look forward to in the long run.

“Having a strong start in the league will make other sides take notice and think ‘they are back on it again’.

“Last season was a good one for the majority of the squad but, personally for me, it was not the best. Although it was a good year, I had a few ups and downs which you should expect anyway.

“However, I’m looking forward to what the season brings and I’m excited to start the season.

“I have a point to prove at this point of my career. This is a crucial year for me if I want to continue going further.”

This is a big year for Sangare indeed. His contract runs out in the summer so he will be looking to do everything he can to get a new and improved one offered.

Mo Sangare– hoping to accelerate his progress this year

Mo also seems very positive about the U23 squad this year. There were some significant additions in Kyle Scott and Jake Turner who are some top youngsters that Newcastle were able to sign as free agents this summer.

This is what Mo has said about the U23 squad and their chances this season:

“It’s about setting standards. After doing very well last season, we need to kick on from there.

“We shouldn’t let the bar drop any lower and we know the standards that we can set for the younger ones coming through the ranks.

“The team is a lot stronger than last year but that doesn’t give an excuse to say no one is good enough. Everyone is good enough within our squad so I think we have a strong chance to try and gain promotion.

“We also have a very good coach in Neil (Redfearn). We all get along with him very well and I’m looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us.

“The levels of training has been high, regardless of him coming in. The vibes are very positive and after coming in, he is getting to know players really well.”

This is a big season for young Mo Sangare. He will have seen the progression of Sean and Matty Longstaff at Newcastle and hope that he can be the next young midfielder to break into the first team.

23 comments so far

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t believe some fans have already moaning about Bruce and some of the players already.


  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Nothing got said last season on the first day under the Spanish waiter.

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Noticed one or two comments about Willems performance.


  • geordietom

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    first game of the season yeah we lost against a poor arsenal side 1 game ffs . we will get better players have to gel .

    Bruce aint got much to say about him . miggy for me is trying to hard needs to settle down and do the basics . our defence yesterday looked like they have never played together before . Maximin 15 minutes on the pitch showed flashes of what he can do . Joelinton is he a C/F ? . our midfield fell to pieces when Shelvey went off. Longstaff didn’t look fully fit . but as the song says things can only get better …

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    You do realise our new players have had no game time, apart Joelinton whos played some.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Lobby cant have been fit. If he was, we are in trouble.

  • Reilly

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Alex Bruce
    · 32m
    Never seen so much nonsense and lazy journalism, nothing in the game at all most people with a brain could see that except one mistake, this is a prime example of exactly what Graeme Souness was on about yesterday (link: https://twitter.com/craighope_dm/status/1160571840043147265) twitter.com/craighope_dm/s…

  • posada

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    The dust has settled a bit. My best guess at the logic applied by Bruce.
    He wanted to play Shelvey. At this level he can’t play in a central midfield 2. Rafa knew this.
    Hence he has to accommodate him with a three man midfield.
    Result. Front two isolated. No wingers getting forward.
    Wasn’t able to bring himself to go 3/4/3.

    It all looked like square pegs in round holes to accommodate one player.

    Started ok. Should with loads of time to prepare. As soon as he was posed a problem it went down hill. You always will be posed a problem. If it’s not an injury it will be a tactical change by the other side.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Decent write up in that internationally recognised news site The Shields Gazette…


    Fair play to them (the publishers and the boycotters).

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Bruce – people are judging Bruce’s decisions – it looked clear that Jetro wasn’t fit or had much time to play with team so why not give him a few weeks on training ground – stupid to name him on bench and then not tell him where he was meant to be playing once he sent him on. Bruces decision to fill the bench with defenders looked very poor – if Lascelles / Dummett weren’t feeling well he shouldn’t have risked them in the first place

  • Just a fan

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Ok Bruce is no Rafa but he is here now and he needs to be giving s chance and support

  • posada

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Jetro coming on and the confusion that followed.
    Some of it might have been down to Ritchie working his ticket and not being willing to move.
    He has that side to him.
    Speculation mind I know.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Mindshaft so you think Bruce sent Jetro on without telling him where to play? Do you not believe Bruce when he said there was a communication issue?

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    What about this crazy theory that Bruce did tell him and he didn’t understand correctly. Probably doesn’t fit with the narrative.

  • posada

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I said I would boycott for one game if we could show Sky an empty stadium.
    No chance so I did not.

    Think the boycott idea should stop.
    Who is calling for a boycott. The NUST are not.
    So, who is.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Just been watching the goal again,for me Lascelles is as much to blame is Willems.Willems should be more aware but if you watch,Dummet goes over to cover Maitland-Niles and Willems is on his way back but Lascelles moves over from the centre towards Dummet leaving Auba free,if he had stayed where he was he might not have scored.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Dig in there is optimism which is fine and then there’s just plain deluded.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Posada “No chance so I did not”

    Therein lies the problem. You and forty thousand others gave up before it even began.

    Have faith, take a leap in the dark, be one of those who acts rather than one who follows.

    If you want to stand up and be counted, to let your feelings on Ashley be known, to stand up for your club against the abuse of Ashley over the years, every person counts.

    If we all give up before it starts, it can never start.

  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #19

    We made a stand, we our point.
    I couldn’t be prouder of the ones who stood with us.
    I was on ground zero, i was there. What the cameras didnt show was the amount standing behind the cameras in support of our cause.
    We have coverage all over. This is just the start of our campaign.
    Id like to thank bleach the leach for making the trip with his son.
    His son is a liverpool fan but hopefully we done a bit to sway his sons thinking. He saw the passion from us.
    We will get our club back, keep the faith.
    Yous dont realise till its gone, but wor flags is a big miss. Well they were on the outside doing a display with the magpie group.
    To all who go in “support the team”
    Were was your voice yesterday?
    Why dont yous get behind the team.
    Or was there less than the offical 47k attendance?

    #BoycottArsenal is the announcement of the magpie groups campaign against ashley.
    #BoycottAshley will remain
    This is not blowing over.

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    disappointed in you posada, didn’t think you would quit at the first hurdle,

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Bruce can you please just confirm you’re a mackem on a particularly poor wind up

    If not, then your mind blowing ignorance is truly absolutely staggering to say the least. Pathetically calling an elite, multi trophy winning manager a Spanish waiter, really says how sad you are. Guess you couldn’t call him fat too as your chubby idol isn’t exactly svelte.

    Now try and let this register. Please listen carefully as this is for the hard of hearing or ignorant. No other PL club, I repeat NO OTHER PL CLUB would have gone anywhere near Bruce and that’s a fact. Bruce is an appalling manager with an awful CV and we are desperately scraping the barrel because of one man who no self respecting coach or manager would ever come and work for.

    I can guarantee now there will be more injuries and basically a return to McCardew. As I understand Ashley didn’t agree to any one single proposal made by Rafa whereas I would have cheerfully paid Rafa another 5M a year and gone with his judgement, rather than the somewhat flakey choice of players and coaches that seem to have arrived since Rafa’s departure.

    AS Garth Crooks puts it very well.

    ” I did tell you Rafael Benitez would leave if the owner could not match his ambitions.

    “Now he’s left, the Magpies are up the creek without a paddle.
    “Good luck with that.”

  • IrishRob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Wow I almost didnt spot him in the picture.


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