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Comments From World Cup Boss Reinforces Newcastle’s Approach To Talent Search



Newcastle’s search for young talent in South America has been well-documented in recent months. Links have emerged to budding stars in both Brazil and Argentina, including reports of negotiations being underway for Velez Sarsfield playmaker Maximo Perrone.

A claim has emerged that Newcastle are also exploring the north for hidden gems. The Chronicle has published the following from Canada manager John Herdman, Newcastle fan born in nearby Consett, on his contact with NUFC head of recruitment Steve Nickson:

“I’ve had a few good conversations with the head of recruitment over the last two years around some of the Canadian players so they’re on the radar. There’s no doubt.

“We had a good chat about some of the Canadian players. They’re on board, they’re aware, they’re doing their homework. They’re aware of some of those younger guys that are starting to emerge.

“David Edgar was the last for a while and I dare say this World Cup and the World Cup in 2026 is going to raise the stock of Canadian players.

“While I’m still manager, I’ll be supporting my local club to have those conversations. There would be nothing better for me than to watch my top players playing on a Saturday at the club I want to watch them play for.”

Former Magpie David Edgar had 42 caps for Canada. The defender was a Newcastle academy product having joined at the age of 14. He went on to make 23 appearances for the Magpies before departing for Burnley in 2009.

Newcastle appear to be scouring the far north to find some young talent to follow in Edgar’s footsteps. There are, of course, links to established stars such as Lille striker Jonathan David.


A few years ago, Newcastle were linked with Jonathan David’s compatriot Cyle Larin, who currently plays in Belgium with Club Brugge. That is also the home of Tajon Buchanan, an exciting young winger.

Canada are starting to produce some world-class talent. Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies tops the list having starred in Germany for the past three years. The 22-year-old has made 134 appearances for the Bundesliga champions.

There are other North American talent starting to make names for themselves including in the United States. A player who has really caught the eye is American teenager Joe Scally of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Scally, at just 19, has already made 50 appearances for the Bundesliga club. He could give former Magpie DeAndre Yedlin and Milan star Sergino Dest some competition at right-back in this year’s World Cup.

Herdman’s comments reinforce that Newcastle are searching far and wide for top talent. They have already landed future star Australia’s Garang Kuol, who recently stated he is unfazed at facing defending World Cup winners France on Tuesday.


81 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #41

    Darnik – but this is one reason why many people aren’t bothered. Most of the people who rely on the Royal Mail postal service are simply not moving with the times. I do completely get the elderly people concern as this is a gap that charities (such as the one that I volunteer for) have to fill, considering places like Post Offices & banks have closed and also the decline in things like manned checkouts in supermarkets.

    Royal Mail will decline and die off eventually, it’s pretty much inevitable. The question is when.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 18, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #42

    TDS; Another Thatcher legacy I’m afraid.
    The country is continuing to pay the price for successive Conservative governments while the richest in society continue to hoard money.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #43

    Novo/Lesh – don’t forget that there are plenty of people out there who think the BBC is full of leftie wokes…

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  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2022 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #44

    Darnik, our postie’s fed up to the back teeth with the way things are going and like many of those who’ve been with RM and its previous incarnations for years, are waiting for the right time and terns to get out.

    That ties in with the scenario you’ve described. Reduce costs, reduce pension liabilities, recruit on zero-hours contracts and bingo, job done – shareholders happy,, Joe public happy…. until the changes hit home and they realise what they’ve lost.

    Darnik, life’s too short – enjoy it when you get the chance.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #45

    Novo – that’s just modern capitalism mate. Can’t blame that on Thatcher, it’s the same in most western countries. Capitalism relies on growth, in order to have growth governments need to incentivise companies to invest, which creates more wealth for wealthy companies/individuals…

    It’s the inevitable progress of capitalism…until it eventually implodes.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #46

    If you aren’t in a union and are jealous of unionised people getting a fairer deal, there’s only one solution and it’s not turning on the strikers nor banning unions. Join one if you think they’re getting better rights. There’s people now working full time and can’t even afford rent let alone dream of owning their own home. All anti-unionism comes from places like the billionaire owners of the Sun and Mail telling working class people the 70s recession was all down to unions. The main reasons we got out those recessions was cheap oil and cheap factories in the second and third world. Anyone think these billionaires have vested interests? Newsflash, billionaire says poor people should get paid less and work harder.

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  • phy

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #47

    Alcohol sales now banned at Stadia during the world cup (except for corporates of course)

    Call me cynical but can’t help but think this was always the agenda but the organisers suspected it would affect attendance figures so misled those signing up to attend and waited until effectively the last minute to announce it. Just another example of how the fans don’t matter

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  • Darnik

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #48

    Tds
    As I said a lot of people do still rely on us though including businesses and we’ve agreed on modernisation to help us move with the times but greed and mismanagement are to blame for the current situation not lack of interest in the service

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  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #49

    ToonDarnSarf

    And those that do think the Beeb is staffed by lefty wokes are the ones who accept whatever scheidt is presented to them, without question and repeat it!

    Citizen Kane comes to mind.

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  • Darnik

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #50

    Lesh
    I’ve got 27 years invested in the company, you could say I’m institutionalised lol, but with my age and recent knee replacement I don’t see my way out so I’m relying on my union to do the best for me

    Zg
    Well said mate

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  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #51

    Anyway

    Natives getting restless.

    Methinks the politics might be out-staying its welcome.

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #52

    Darnik

    Afternoon Darnik mate,

    I watched that little video clip you posted and found it very very informative in relation to the Postal Strike, there is apsolutely no doubt you good folk in the Royal Mail didn`t take the decision to go on strike lightly, you good hard working loyal employees were obviously all at the end of your tether. Darnik my heart is with you and your fellow postal workers fella. All right thinking members of the public will have nothing but compassion and empathy for all you lads and lassies Darnik.

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  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #53

    Darnik

    After 27 years, it’s no surprise you feel institutionalised. When working for a decent employer, it happens to most of us. Loyalty comes at a price.

    As far as your future’s concerned, if you’re of an age where what the CWU and the employer agree offers a good early-retirement package with a lump and pension, take it and enjoy your life.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #54

    Good luck Darnik,
    How’s your knee? Did the operation not sort it out?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #55

    This is not a conservative government.

    Just thought that needed saying.

    Yesterdays budget was very left of centre. Tax rises for the working man to give inflationary increases to those on benefits (including pensioners like me) Massive debts, huge unaffordable vanity “projects” and massive contracts awarded to overseas suppliers.
    All very Labour policies.

    We have an unelected government with an unelected leadership. What price Democracy?

    We’re stuffed, but haven’t woken up to the fact yet.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #56

    Darnik, good luck mate, right behind you. We often speak to our local postie when we see him out and about, great fellah, salt of the earth.

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #58

    😆

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  • ottawageordie2

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #59

    I’ve had the occasion to watch John Herdman giving interviews after games. Very likeable and well spoken. Was very happy to learn he was a Geordie and united supporter. There are some good players here in Canada and I’m sure he’ll recommend players to our manager as he sees fit. I don’t expect Canada to do much at the WC but you never know.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #60

    Darnik – totally agree about greed and mismanagement issues but the problem now is, where does the money come from to increase pay, guarantee jobs, and improve conditions? And if there’s a few hundred million going spare, would the Royal Mail be the first place that people would spend it?

    Don’t blame you for fighting for your own rights and looking after yourself, just explaining how I can’t help but feel given the current circumstances. This situation should 100% have been managed better in the past though.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #61

    Lesh – I actually think the BBC is pretty balanced. My reason for thinking that is because it irritates people who are fairly far left (like you) and people who are fairly far right too.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #62

    cleveleysbob – it was a necessary budget mate. The last one nearly crashed the economy because it was so stupid and unworkable. I see it as a pretty centrist kind of budget to be honest, a more left wing budget would have included greater taxes on the super rich companies and individuals.

    I was pleasantly surprise with it to be honest. Not brilliant news but pretty much making the best of a bad situation.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #63

    Has anyone heard from sparky55, not heard from him for a bit.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #64

    It’s actually quite funny on here considering some have had a go at me for being a “looney leftie” and I find myself right on this particular Royal Mail topic. Not massively right but a bit right…

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #65
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #66

    Cbob

    Haddaway man…left wing, pack it in!
    😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #67
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #68

    TDS, it did include an increased tax on power supply companies and by reducing the point at which 45% tax comes in and not moving the threshold, he hit a huge amount of middle/high income earners. Not a Tory trait, by any stretch and very de-incentivising.

    If you think those measures are middle of the road, your personal stance is more left of centre than you’ve previously admitted to. 😀

    Also, just in passing, Hunt claimed he was aiming for energy self sufficiency but apart from more wind farms, the only thing he green lighted was a new massive nuclear energy station that won’t come on line for at least 10-15 years. Yet he bans fracking, mining and use of current oil and gas reserves, all of which could be utilised within months. Green nonsense and unnecessary at this moment when our CO2 output is virtually best in World.

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #69

    Wor B…so did I win the caption contest or not???
    If so…could you please send me one of those plastic trophy thingys like you sent to Miggy. Looks like it could be filled with a nicely hopped IPA.

    Indytoon FFC
    c/o Anytoon in Indiana
    Carmel, IN
    Round-a-bout Capitol of the USA

    Cheers!

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #70

    Garage Kuol is a 4.5M forward in FFL, got to eh?

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #71

    Ye but how much is Garang Kuol worth though??

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #72

    Clint seriously mate, I see a lot of “Tory” opinion on line and they universally hated yesterdays “Autumn Statement”. Supporters are leaving the party in droves.

    The problem, as always with these things is how they are presented to the public by MSM.
    The Kwarten/Truss budget was very “Tory”, All about tax reductions and growth. But this was presented to the world by the media as “market shattering” – it wasn’t. Within days of it’s release the IMF forecast that the U.K. would be the fastest growing economy in the G20.
    It was also widely reported that it smashed the pound – it didn’t, massive increases in interest rates in the US, which the BoE were too slow to react to, ramped up the dollar and ALL currencies crashed against it. In fact the pound did better than most others.

    As TDS often says, don’t believe what you’re fed, do your own research. The hierarchy within the Tory party wanted Sunak as PM, the members didn’t so voted for Truss as She was the only candidate the party left in the race expecting it to be a forgone conclusion. When they lost, they waited until her Autumn mini budget and got the press to do a hatchet job which was supported by the BoE to cover up their own mistake.

    Politics is a dirty business and full of chancers and liars feathering their own nests, I hate most of them from all sides.

    Sorry to everyone, but this is important stuff, so while there is no football, it’s worth creating some balance to the debate.

    I’ll stop now, so Jail can say “thank fsx@k for that” 😆

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #73

    I’m off to watch some telly. Tin hat on of course. 😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #74

    BORING 😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #75

    IrishRob,
    What do you mean?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #76

    Cbob

    Soz mate, but it’s plain as day that ‘righties’ don’t have a Danny le rue about politics.
    Tax the poor is left wing… please mate.
    ‘Center’ is right wing, as you know.

    Gouging he people to keep giving yourselves pay raises, cutting public services to enrich your self. Pay cuts!

    Ffs!

    Wake the £u(k up!
    People believe any old shoite!

    We’re £&&/ed!
    😀
    Sorry everyone…but pissin’ on me and telling me it’s rain…

    Get a social conscience, ffs!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #77

    cleveleysbob – mate…they also froze the tax thresholds for lower earners, decreased the relief for energy bills and squeezes on public spending. The budget hit everyone but it’s the poor who have been suffering most and are going to have to make tough choices this winter about when to heat their homes. Honestly, if I’ve got less money for saving, holidays or a new car to enable people to heat their homes or eat ok food, then I’m good with that at the moment. I think it’s grossly unfair that people who are hard working and have done nothing wrong should be forced to make horrible choices regarding where to spend their money. It’s not left wing to suggest that, it’s just being decent.

    According to https://www.worldometers.info/co2-emissions/co2-emissions-per-capita/ we have the 17th highest CO2 emissions in terms of country and 59th in terms of per capita. This is out of 209 countries. So NOT virtually the best in the world and higher that the global average 5.55 tons as opposed to 4.79 tons per capita). CO2 isn’t the only way to measure pollution either. Sustainable energy is the future, why not embrace that?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #78

    CBob – didn’t the Bank of England take emergency action after Kwarteng’s mini budget? And didn’t the FTSE 100 drop sharply?

    I’d LOVE to see proof that the IMF forecast the UK economy would be the biggest growing in the G20 too please.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #79

    …or, just a conscience, would be a start!

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  • Darnik

    Nov 18, 2022 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #80

    Magic
    I appreciate that mate thanks

    Lesh
    Thanks to the mother of my kids taking me to the cleaners early retirement isn’t an option unfortunately

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