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Newcastle Need To Keep Top Prospects At Their Academy


Newcastle have some exciting youngsters at the club like 17-year-old Joe White, who made his England under-18 debut last week and subsequently went on to play in all three matches during this international break.

White just signed his first professional contract with Newcastle earlier in the month and has broken into the Newcastle under-23 team.

However, there is another youngster in the Academy that could be an even brighter prospect than Joe White. That is Lee Clark’s 14-year-old son Bobby, who broke into the Newcastle under-18 side in September.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich are all interested in the exciting prospect.

However, the report also states that young Bobby is very highly rated by Steve Bruce. With him being a local lad, it is believed he wants to progress with his hometown club.

Writing in Tribal Football in September, Lee Clark had this to say about his son’s progression at Newcastle:

“My son Bobby, got called up to the Newcastle U18 team which is a fantastic achievement considering he’s only 14 years of age.

“He’s doing well and he’s being coached and taught well by the people up there. When I was out of work I was able to get the chance to watch him play, because while I was in the management game, it was difficult to watch him.

“It’s a tough environment as there are so many good young players around the country. He’s doing well but there’s going to be ups and downs which every young player experiences, just as long as he keeps working hard and listens to his coaches and tries to do the right thing then he might have an opportunity of doing something.”

Newcastle must keep the top local talent at the club. This is especially the case with someone with such close ties to Newcastle, like Bobby Clark.

We expect that the youngster will stay despite the interest from some of the elite clubs in England. Lee Clark seems so proud that the lad is progressing at Newcastle. Hopefully, he can follow in his father’s footsteps and star for his hometown club.


69 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    If he’s anything like his dad, I’ll be looking forward to this lad coming through.

    I wonder who he’s named for?

    😉

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought everyone was Spartacus

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I have it on good authority that Lee Clark’s son is
    named for one of our bloggers – bobbybee

    😛

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Lee Clark was my favourite player. Bobby Clark is my new favourite.

    Maybe we could get Clark coaching our youths.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Jibacus

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #6

    SCAM ALERT

    Be aware that tthere’s newish AMAZON phone scam doing the rounds.

    If you receive a call telling you that your Prime membership payments £39.99pm) are about to be set up to be taken from your bank account and if you want to end your Prime membership, press 1 – it’s a scam!

    I checked with Amazon and they confirmed

    1 – they’ll never cold call you and

    2 – they’ve received recent reports of this.

    Be aware

    5
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    We really need to start keeping the best youths if Charnley is not going to cast his net wider.There’s no point in focusing on Geordies if we aren’t going to get them.
    The last England u20s had Marcus Tavernier & Gibson both players who we should have. There is also that young player at Leeds who is making a name for himself and being linked with big moves.
    In the past we either failed to spot or released the following
    Shearer
    Waddle
    Beardsley
    Bryan Robson
    Bobby Robson
    Carrick
    Armstrong (Palace player)
    Steve Stone
    Forster
    Don Hutchison (not great but we should have had him in our youths)
    Bobby Charlton
    Jack Charlton
    Steve Bruce
    Colback
    Michael Bridges

    we got
    Dummet
    Carrol
    The Ameobis
    The Longstaffs
    Clark
    Watson
    Howey
    Harper
    Robbie Elliot
    Ramage

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    The next Mike Williamson
    The Charlton brothers were warned off NUFC by their
    uncle Jacky Milburn who told them (this was the early 50’s)
    that NUFC were hopeless when it came to kids.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    lesh, £39.99 / month? It’s £79 per year or £7.99 per month.

    Someone’s already getting scammed…

    😉

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    A team in transition,
    Jeezus, Mary and Joseph.

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I have to say that they are nice gates at the Academy.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I remember shortly after I joined this blog, I started a conversation about what was the best team of players born in Newcastle and the surrounding area who never played for NUFC.

    Jib joined in, couple of others too.

    We came up with a pretty decent team, which obviously means that NUFC have missed out on some serious local talent over the years.

    It filled in a night, anyway 😉

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    I also have to say that I found the discussion about apples interesting, having an ancient orchard near where I live with over 35 varieties of old English apples and where they have an open day every October and anyone can go in and pick them, all of them being very tasty.

    No ancient orange orchards nearby though, in fact none at all.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    The U23s are playing Benfica B team tonight KO in 5 Hours 28 Minutes, don’t know if they are showing or putting it out on audio though!

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    RobLeenio

    Yes, you know and I know that Amazon’s Prime membership isn’t £39.99. But and it’s a big but Amazon have been criticised for stealthily putting buyers on Prime – signing people up unwittingly to it though Amazon say they’ve addressed that.

    More to the point, many eople probably aren’t aware of Prime fees – hence they’re an easy target for scammers.

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    seems not much has changed. seems weve always had short sighted chairmen.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    78 hours 22minutes to KO

    0
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    speaking of change a lot of the small family owned shops here in china are using facial recognotion as a means of paying. i just bought some yakult using my face to pay. wont be long before this overtakes using your phone to pay as the most common method. things are changing so fast here.

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s not lose sight of one of Rafa’s tasks of Ashley was that he agree to invest in the Academy’s infrastructure, staffing, scouting and training facilities. In all, Rafa would’ve been asking for more than a couple of staff – yes some changes were made. Some staffing changes were introduced.

    However the big stumbling block would’ve been rebuilding the training facilities to bring the club into the 21st century and ‘sell’ the club to youngsters as one that is genuinely committed to developing and retaining young talent.

    Let’s not forget that Ashley, through Charmless at a Fans Forum that he was considering scrapping the academy as he felt he could pick up youngster players from other clubs without spending on the developmental facilities. The greedy git had obviously chosen to ignore the club’s responsibilities as a big one, to developing young people for the greater good of the game.

    Ashley doesn’t do long term so I guess we can kiss goodbye to any outstanding prospects.

    1
  • Asi Fish

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    What’s Amazon Prime?

    Good luck to cold calls at a 00247 number lol…………

    Anyway, planes in and first mail or fresh rations in over 5 weeks. BOOM!

    Happy Friday

    2
  • Asi Fish

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Some people pay to have yakult on their face lol

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    The next Mike Williamson; you missed Gascoigne off your lists.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye, lesh – scammers are always on the lookout for an angle.

    Probably having the footy on there from December will make it an attractive target right now, too.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of fist Amazon makes of streaming our matches in the next couple of months. It’s potentially way more accessible than buying 3 or 4 separate Sky Sports packages and realising you still need to buy into BT Sports too.

    1
  • Asi Fish

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    We are so behind in tech – contactless payment is still the new thing here. Paying with watches & phones and now faces….flippin heck I’ve got some catching up to do.

    I do not have a mobile phone at the mo (apart from my nokia work phone complete with snake game), my tv is older than my son (11yo) and is not smart – I think I may be a bit overwhelmed when we get back ha ha

    3
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    oh yeah. the one world class player we got through our system since milburn maybe.

    bill
    why are we playing benfica

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Asi

    TVs in colour now! 🙂

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #27

    TNMW

    It’s the Premier League International Cup, I copied this from the NUFC site.

    The young Magpies face their Portuguese opponents on Friday night (kick-off 7pm GMT) in the first of three fixtures in Group C, all of which are to be played at Benton’s Whitley Park, with Newcastle’s youngsters also taking on German outfit Hertha Berlin as well as Blackburn Rovers.

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10
    A team in transition,
    Jeezus, Mary and Joseph

    It was our 4th game of the season, Bruce was playing an unfamiliar back 4 (which he hasn’t repeated), we had Muto partnering Joelinton up front, ASM was injured, as was Yedlin so Atsu played from the start (we know he’s more effective as a sub) and Krafth was right back. We also had an injury to Shelvey and Lejeune was not available.

    We then had one of our most influential midfielders sent off just after the 40th minute, meaning we had to partner Longstaff and Ki together in Centre Mid, a partnership which hasn’t seen much pitch time together.

    If that’s not a team in transition, then please tell me what it is, oh sage of all things footy related.

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    where are you asi? sounds like youre in a disaster zone or maybe the falklands!

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Asi
    Believe it or not
    modern cars have air-filled tyres

    3
  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Is a disgrace that Newcastle and Sunderland have consistently failed to bring through the young talent in the region. They are there. This is solely due to a lack of investment in the respective academies. Both clubs are failing the young people of the North East because, both clubs are ran by people who don’t care about the area. Although Sunderland have done a better job than Newcastle recently it’s still pathetic.

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I wonder if you could buy pasty’s from Greggs using an MA face mask!

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Just realised, when I first started posting, Curtis Good was still at the club.

    *shudders

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    bill
    i wonder if you could buy harry kane using an ashley mask.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #35

    IrishRob with surely one of the worst, ill-advised, poorly thought-through, off-topic and just plain offensive posts of all time.

    Well done, that man

    9
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #36

    More than offensive, Rob, it’s defamatory. Ed, beware!

    6
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #37

    off with his [IrishRob] head.

    IrishRob you are funny sometimes but you should be banned for that comment.

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m pretty sure website hosts are liable for all content posted.

    2
  • Asi Fish

    Nov 22, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    The next Mike Williamson – Ascension Island mate and it is actually worse than the Falklands as they can get planes in lol. Had to ask for a cheque book to come here and my bank laughed at me ha ha. Food shortages, logistical nightmares, like being in the 80s but with awesome climate and cold cold beers.

    Essex – ha ha the tv is colour (not high def) but it’s the black and white that matter.

    Jib – we have a lot of hot air over here lol. I might put some in the tyres but when 40mph is top speed why bother 🙂

    5
  • Bambams

    Nov 22, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #40

    I wish we could just stick to football on here.

    Thought I would see what the craic was with our upcoming match and read comments like that.

    Stick to Football man.

    Laters

    5

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