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Newcastle Should Look At Young American To Bolster Academy

Recently it was reported that Steve Bruce wanted to have four to five youth players pushing for the first team at any given time. To accomplish this, they are going to have to bring some top talent into the Academy.

This past summer, Newcastle drafted three free agents into the Under-23 ranks in midfielder Kyle Scott, goalkeeper Jake Turner, and defender Ludwig Francillette. We have also been linked with some top 17-year-olds in recent months in Rochdale’s Luke Matheson, Queens Park’s Reagan Thomson, and Hearts’ Aaron Hickey.

Newcastle were also linked with 18-year-olds Moussa Sissako, a defender from PSG, and Facundo Calidio, a forward from Inter Milan this summer.

These are the types of players that Newcastle should be looking to bring into the youth ranks if they want to have a top-level Academy.

An 18-year-old that Newcastle have not been linked with but is showing great promise is Wolfsburg winger Ulysses Llanez.

Ulysses Llanez– young American impressing for Wolfsburg U19s

The 18-year-old American has been devouring the U-19 Bundesliga Nord division. He has already scored 10 goals with 2 assists in just 8 games for the Wolfsburg Under-19 side.

Llanez joined Wolfsburg this summer as a free agent from LA Galaxy’s Academy. He is a current United States U-20 international and can play on either wing or as a striker.

While he has just joined Wolfsburg this summer, he is one to keep an eye out for to see how he progresses. He is likely to get the call-up to the Wolfsburg reserve team at some point this season. If he can contribute at that level like he has for the U-19s, he could be worth a look for Newcastle.

Here is the 10th goal that Llanez scored for the Wolfsburg U19s just a few days ago.

18 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Unless he has dual nationality there’s no chance he’s getting a work permit here.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    If he got one for Jormany is it not pretty much a given he’d get one here?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I stand corrected, our results at Villa aren’t to bad, looks like I’ve just been unlucky 🙁

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Hail wor Ashley “Likes of me and Munster just like to readdress the balance to try and ground people in reality.”

    But….. why bother?????

    I was quite happy living the Rafa dream, when reality hit this Summer it sucked the big one.

    BTW, it was me that said I doubted Bruce could have done what Rafa did in pulling us out of the Champo as winners first time of asking. No matter what he did with ‘Ull, I stand by it as the circumstances (owner, squad status, morale, fans expectations / belief etc were completely different.

    He also inherited a good set of players from a good coach in Nigel Pearson and only had to tweak them to guide them to promotion. Rafa had to rip everything up and start all over again, two totally different accomplishments.

    None of this detracts from his achievements with us so far, which amount to a good start for which he should be given credit.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail, maybe you should stay away from Villa Park for good, just in case you’ve been jinxing the team there


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve just seen the Burnley tickets sold out and no word from the lad supposed to be getting them for us??

  • Mag52

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Re last thread, Saint Maximin at Saint James’ on that video is a sight to behold.
    We’re going to have to go some to hold on to this guy in a year or so’s time.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Difficult to compare Ginola and St Maxi, Ginola was playing in a different era when wingers hugged the touchline, were rarely marked by more than one player in a 4-4-2 and their main job was to cross the ball onto the head of the big striker. He also played in a Newcastle team with threats all over the park, giving him space in which to operate. With Beardsley, Rob Lee, Shearer, Ferdinand and Gillespie with him,if the opposition doubled up then they’d be murdered elsewhere. Ginola rarely tracked back and put much effort into defending, nor was he asked to do so.

    St Maxi was attracting 2 defenders every time he got the ball vs Bournemouth. He still ripped them a new one, but rarely got to the byeline. His game is more about running from deep and making territory, drawing fouls / corners and getting field position. He often doesn’t have the targets to cross towards as Joelinton is outside the box having laid the ball off to him and he has a brief to drift inside rather than hug the touchline. A very important aspect of ASM’s game is on defence, where he’ll track back, hassle and harry the opposition midfield and generally make a nuisance of himself.

    So, very different players playing in a very different era, both great and ASM well on his way to becoming as big a favourite as Ginola. However, I think if you switched the eras you might find that ASM adapted better to playing in the 90s than Ginola would do in the present day.

  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Sky have almost got me at screaming point with this
    repetitive childish crap about the spat between
    Sterling and Gomez !

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    The clear difference between Ginola and saint max is that Ginola scored goals and some fantastic ones at that – ASM has a lot to work on before he can claim Ginola status – I’d say he’s more like Traore at the moment..power, tricks, no end product….hopefully that will change

  • G

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #11

    JfA, fraid not. Different sets of rules. UK only grants work permitts under certain conditions, whereas German / Spanish leagues have differing sets of rules, hence their academies are often full of kids from all over. Just look at the amount of Brazilian kids they get in Dutch / Spanish acadamies. Over here they would need to either be dual national, resident in excess of 5 years of the UK, or playing regularly at international level. From what little info I have about the kid, he would never get a WP over here.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib, yep – it’s a spat, for goodness sake. Get the two of them together, tell them to sort it out like grown ups and then get on with preparing for the game.

    This could have all been dealt with in-house, no need for these histrionics.

  • cyprus

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    The likes of Ginola et al had other teams trembling at the prospect of playing against us. We’ve had a couple of good games, lots of work to be done. SM is young, he’ll get there, hopefully with us. Before, I didn’t much care if we offloaded the lot. Now, I’m seeing a few players that must be retained at all costs. Him and Almiron for starters. Both can grace a Real team.

    It is exciting to watch lately, this team. We’re finally getting chances to score! Loads. And we’re getting some results to go along with the thrills. I’ll relish that for now.

    Of course, this is Newcastle. We never do things the easy way. Be ready for the bumpy ride, the struggles, the thumpings.

    And European nights 😉

  • toon22

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    We are so far away from players like Ginola or the team he played in it’s unreal

    We’re so lucky Jabba “ saved “ us

  • cyprus

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Reading various comments after the game: Funny how the Bournemouth players were whining that we just didn’t do what we were supposed to, be soundly beaten, after they scored. We just had to go and spoil it.

  • geordietom

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Villa have player winger/ midfielder , puts a good first time cross in , Albrighton think he would do a decent job for us .he’s not getting any game time for villa .

  • geordietom

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Cyprus …

    flew back from Papho’s airport last week mate terrible there took ages to get through , queue’s were out side in 28 degree’s smarmy young lad on passport control . delayed for 1 and half hours no notification. wont go back …

  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    We were so far away from players like Ginola or the team he played in
    long before Ashley rocked up


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