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Arsenal Youngster Lands Trial With Newcastle

The Chronicle are reporting that 17-year-old Stan Flaherty is currently on trial at Newcastle.

Flaherty is an Arsenal Academy product who had been told earlier this year that he was not guaranteed to get a professional contract with the club.

The youngster just finished a trial at West Ham but has since linked up with the Newcastle Under-18 side. He played for the Newcastle youth side on October 19th when they were defeated at Liverpool Under-18s 3-0.

According to Arseblog, Flaherty is described as being a technically gifted player who can play in central midfield or wide right. However, the youngster sees himself has an attacking midfielder. He said this in a report on arsenal.com from 2018:

“I’m naturally a playmaking attacking midfielder. I was first spotted by Arsenal at around eight years of age playing for my Sunday side, but I’d already been approached by Watford.

“I was there for a couple of seasons but the Arsenal scout kept in touch and I decided to join the Gunners as an under-11, so this is my sixth year in the academy.”

From the same report, he says that he looks up to ex-Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta as well as Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden.

Flaherty has not featured much this season as he prepares for life after Arsenal. Last year he made 11 appearances for their Under-18 side with 2 goals and 1 assist. Flaherty will turn 18 in December.

The Chronicle also report that Newcastle are continuously looking to improve the depth and quality in their youth squad. We’ll see if Stan Flaherty can make the grade and get a contract with Newcastle.

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26 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #1

    The new kid from Chelsea is barely getting a game right now. Seems odd to be looking at more London-based club cast-offs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2

    He’ll score the goals we need.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #3

    just a fan

    It’s a long running joke, I wasn’t really calling him the greatest striker that ever lived, that is probably John Charles.

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Gentleman John

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5


    Kyle Scott is getting regular games for the U23s.

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6


    John Charles 97 goals for Juventus
    Is that a Welsh or Italian accent ?

  • Just a fan

    Oct 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Ok Essex
    Not in the know for your joke.

  • toon22

    Oct 29, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #8


    Whats with the boring alts like Just a Fan ?

  • IrishRob

    Oct 29, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont think our problem is passing the ball, they are professional footballers, every player in the league can pass a ball.

    Our problem is positioning, we need to get into better positions to receive the ball and make it easier on the player passing the ball, while still maintaining go forward ball.

    Looking at them play their positioning is terrible, everyone makes it harder for each other by their horrible movement off the ball leading to rushed passes that often get cut out or players put under too much pressure to find the man.

    Look at every good team and look at how they run and position themselves without the ball. Look how liverpool players instinctively move to more open areas to make the pass easier for the man passing it to them.

    The only way were ever gonna score goals is if we get a smart manager who can work on their positioning and teach them to make it easier for each other in a sense.

    If we can string passes together then we can start to move higher up the pitch without worrying about conceding because if we can find our players better it enables us to play higher up the pitch, which means Joelinton wont be isolated and Miggy and ASM wont have to beat 3-4 players just to be in on goal.

    That’s what I think we need to do, I could be wrong, but we will never know under Bruce unfortunately.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 29, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Bill, out of 10 U23 matches, he’s played in 8, fair enough, but he’s only started in 50% of the available games and just under 60% of the minutes. He’s not yet scored or made an assist and been yellow carded 5 times already.

    Fair enough, I exaggerated that he’s barely played, but considering he arrived to such a high fanfare, he’s been underwhelming so far, sadly.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 29, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Hi loony toon
    Being boring proves I’m not jib.
    If you had as many brain cells as you have frog spawn you might be able to work that out.

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Twenty minutes and Southampton have conceded
    their first goal vs ManCity

  • toon22

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13


    JAF and Posada are two of your more obvious alts

    Its boring

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Any links to the City match?

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Oxford 1 Sunlun 0

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #17

    He is another one for the future to sell on for a hefty profit. Ashley tends to think like that, GREEDY GIT !

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Thanks, Jib

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Bitte schön

  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Bordeaux beating Dijon

  • cyprus

    Oct 29, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Good post.

    Who knows, maybe. SB will read it and do something about it, why do you believe he can’t.

    It’s a simple directive:”lads, what you do without the ball is equally important to what you do with it. Always give several passing options to the guy with the ball.”

    Surely, he can read that out to the players if he can’t memorise it.

    Anyway, I don’t think there are too many genius coaches out there.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Loony toon
    Not as boring as you.

  • Genjikai

    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye bud it would be good if more banners started popping up outside, around and inside sjp.

    More people should start showing there discontent.
    Its easy, make a banner and go for it.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree with your assessment of movement and positioning to facilitate passes. We need an experienced head in midfield or the back line to tell them where to move to! They should all know instinctively and from the coaching experience but they’re not good enough. Almiron and Joelinton have a poor first touch which doesn’t help either. At the end of the day it’s a lack of quality!

  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Who these days names their son Stan ??? , Such an old persons name !

  • JohnJ

    Oct 30, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Irish Rob at No 9

    You have it in one Bonny Lad!

    Movement & getting in space to receive passes is a big part of any successful team. We are lacking big time in this area!


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