Youth prospects are always exciting. You never know whether they’ll set the world a light for end up as the next Xisco. However, in this article, I’ll be looking at three youth players that have a bright future at Newcastle.
1: Adam Armstrong
Armstrong is a local lad from Newcastle who spent the season on loan at Barnsley, netting eight goals in 34 matches. The best goal he’s scored this season was towards the start of the season when he flicked the ball past a defender and curled it in from just inside the box (you can see that goal here). During the 15/16 season, however, he was a lot more clinical scoring 20 goals in 40 games. Half a goal a game isn’t bad for a conversion rate for an 18-year-old. Armstrong can turn on a sixpence to space for a chance and use his pace to exploit the space. But he isn’t just a pace merchant as he is a deadly finisher. He can vary his goals from 20 yard long shots to placing it past the keeper. Newcastle really have a gem in their hands.
2: Freddie Woodman
Freddie Woodman is a goalkeeper from Croydon. As well as teammate Armstrong, Woodman has been playing in the Under-20 World Cup and has one of the highest save rates in the competition with 88.2%, the only other players that can compete with that are players that have only featured twice. He’s also only conceded three goals in six matches.The keeper has never featured for Newcastle but has spent the season at Kilmarnock, producing two wonder saves against Rangers.
3. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
The winger from Chelsea was dubbed the “Non-league Mahrez” because of skills and Morrocan background. El-Mhanni was playing for non-league sides Farnborough and Lewes before videos of his trickery online exploded his popularity. You can view his skills here. This season he’s scored two goals in the Premier League 2 and has broken into the senior team twice. Obviously, he is still very raw and needs to develop the rest of his game but the sky really is the limit for this kid.