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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.