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Youngster Noted By Local Journalist Nominated For Monthly Award

Rosaire Longelo has been nominated for the Premier League 2 September player of the month award.

Longelo joined Newcastle in the August of 2018 from West Ham. Last January, then U-23 coach Ben Dawson spoke to the Chronicle about how the club were able to get the 19-year-old:

“He played for Boro against our Under-18s on trial last season. For whatever reason the deal fell through. We then looked to get him in and spoke to West Ham and got him in.”

Now primarily a left-winger, Rosaire started out as a left-back for the West Ham Under-23s. He started all four matches for Neil Redfearn’s side in September scoring the above goal against Norwich City.

During a Q & A earlier this week, Lee Ryder named Longelo as one of the players at the Academy who could possibly step up to the first-team in an injury crisis if necessary. This is what Ryder said when asked if anyone in the Academy was close to getting into the first-team.

In my opinion, there’s nobody really close in the Under-23s at the moment. In the case of an injury crisis I think wingers Thomas Allan or Rosaire Longelo could be options. Other than that, the club’s concerns over what the Academy are producing at the minute are valid ones.

That doesn’t bode well for the club for the immediate future. Though, we do have Matty Longstaff who made the jump this year and hopefully will play a part in Sunday’s match against Manchester United. We’ll have to wait and see how Longelo and some of the others progress over the next year or two.

3 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I think it’s ridikulus to say none of the U23s are ready for 1st team call ups, the only way to find out if that’s true is to call them up.

    There’s several who would jump at the chance and would step up imo.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Are there more buses due?

  • Phil K

    Oct 5, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #3

    The under 23s have been dismal this season (like the first team) both managed by clowns, I suppose


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