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Newcastle United confirm signing of ‘non-league Riyad Mahrez’

5 years ago

Newcastle United have signed striker Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, a player who has been dubbed the ‘non-league Riyad Mahrez’.

The forward turns 21 in October and shot to fame due mainly to some outrageous skills videos posted online (watch below).

Having spent time at the likes of Lewes and Farnborough, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was at Chelsea on trial last season.

Arsenal were also rumoured to be interested but now Newcastle have confirmed him as one of two 20 year olds who have been added today, alongside first team signing Jesus Gamez.

As well as El-Mhanni, the other 20 year old is defender Stuart Findlay, who found himself without a club after Celtic decided not to offer him a new deal.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Newcastle United have completed the signings of forward Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and defender Stuart Findlay.

Twenty-year-old El-Mhanni has put pen to paper on a professional deal at St. James’ Park, while Scotland Under-21 international Findlay has also signed professional terms with United.

Both players will join up with Peter Beardsley’s Magpies under-21 squad.

London-born El-Mhanni began his career with Barnet before moving on to Aldershot Town, Farnborough and Lewes.

Last season, he spent time with Chelsea, scoring on his debut for their under-21 side against Middlesbrough in April.

Centre-half Findlay, meanwhile, left Celtic in summer, having spent the last campaign on loan at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.

Previously, he had also enjoyed loan spells at Greenock Morton and Dumbarton. Findlay, also 20, has been capped 13 times for his country’s under-21 side.

And United’s football development manager Beardsley welcomed their arrival at the Club.

“It’s exciting for them, it’s exciting for us and it’s a really good thing for the club,” he said.

“Steve Nickson and his recruitment staff have done their homework and done really well, and we’re excited.

“They’re good lads, they’re nice lads and they mix well with the group, and that for me is the most important thing.”

Watch the skills of Yasin Ben El-Mhanni here:



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