Newcastle appear to be set to make yet another behind-the-scenes appointment. It’s one that could pay massive dividends for the future of the club as it involves youth recruitment.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Paul Midgley will become the new Head of Youth Recruitment at St. James’ Park. Midgley had been a northern youth scout with Manchester City since August.
Newcastle have reached an agreement to hire Paul Midgley as Head of Youth Recruitment — joining from Man City where he was regional scout. ????? #NUFC
Agreement in place and deal done as Newcastle want to improve all club’s areas.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 26, 2022
This could be an excellent appointment for Newcastle. Midgley is a well-respected judge of young talent. Prior to joining City, he was Leeds United’s Head of Academy Recruitment where he oversaw the signings of players aged 12 to 16.
Midgley will oversee a critical aspect of Newcastle’s rise back to prominence. The talent scout should come ready with a number of domestic names after focusing on the north for the defending Premier League champions.
Newcastle have also been linked with a number of foreign youth targets in recent months. Many hail from South America with talent-rich Brazil a primary area of focus. Recently interest in Flamengo wonderkid Matheus Franca came to light.
Aussie talent Garang Kuol will be the first signing of the winter window with Newcastle primed to add more young talent. Kuol didn’t play in Australia’s 1-0 win over Tunisia today.