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The 50 best young European prospects – Targets for Newcastle United?

3 years ago
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At the moment, the only aim is for Newcastle United to be a Premier League club next season.

All eyes/energy focused on avoiding the drop, then progressing from there.

Obviously, the dream in that Mike Ashley will then sell up once safety is achieved, Rafa Benitez will sign a new long-term contract, with new ambitious club owners set to back him.

Regardless of who owns the club though, Newcastle will need to add some better quality players if they are in the Premier League next season and want to progress.

Even with new ambitious owners, it will still be a tough market to compete in this summer.

Chances have to be taken regardless how much budget Rafa Benitez has to spend and emerging players are an obvious sector of players for Newcastle to target.

Using their own formula, the CIES Football observatory, have come up with a list of the 50 most promising young players at European clubs and that list can be seen below.

CIES Football Observatory:

‘The CIES Football Observatory has analysed the domestic league experience accumulated during the last two years by U20 players from 22 European competitions to identify those with the best career prospects

The capital experience methodology exclusively developed by the CIES Football Observatory research team allows market actors to compare talents across leagues on an objective basis. This is particularly useful from a scouting perspective.’

As you can see, a number of them are already at major clubs, but many more are at smaller clubs and also in weaker leagues.

It would be great if Rafa Benitez has identified some of these quality young players to move for in that next window.

Only five of the 50 listed are currently playing in England and two of those are still in the Championship. The excellent Ryan Sessegnon who Newcastle fans know all too well and who scored once again for Fulham on Saturday. Whilst Ronald Vieira at Leeds also makes the top 20.

Whilst the likes of Mbappe may be a ‘little’ out of Newcastle’s range, hopefully we will see some exciting young players added in the summer, especially in the creative/attacking department.

Interested to hear in the comments section below if any Newcastle fans have seen much of the lesser known young players listed above and who you would like to see Rafa Benitez sign.

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