Newcastle United have signed Rosaire Longelo on a four year contract, according to the local north east media.
The young winger coming to Newcastle United and impressing on trial, after trying his luck at a number of Championship clubs.
The Newcastle reserves played at non-league Barrow 12 days ago and included in the line-up was a mystery trialist (see below).
It turns out that was Rosaire Longelo.
The 18 year old winger was the only player to stay on for the full 90 minutes, NUFC making 10 subs.
Longelo improved as the game progressed and looked a lot more comfortable on the right side rather than the left, pace looking to be arguably his biggest asset.
The 18 year old has been released by West Ham and now Newcastle have given him this chance as Rafa is presumably trying to improve the younger age groups on a very limited budget, with Mike Ashley refusing to allow any kind of realistic investment to try and move the club forward, as is the case with the first team squad this summer, as well as the substandard training complex.
In recent seasons we have seen a significant number of young players signed after being released by other Premier League clubs, as Newcastle try to make up for their own under-invested Academy.
Gideon Adu-Peprah (Man City), Stefan O’Connor (Arsenal), Josef Yarney (Everton) and Stefan Broccoli (Arsenal) have all been recruited, as well as Stuart Findlay who was discarded by Celtic. No signs so far that this approach on the cheap will pay any dividends. Here’s hoping Rosaire Longelo proves the exception.
Newcastle United won that game at Barrow 3-2, with goals from Toney and Sorensen (2).
The Mag – 16 July 2018:
The Newcastle United reserve team has been named ahead of tonight’s match.
The NUFC second string take on Barrow at 7.45pm in their first pres-season friendly.
The eleven who take on the National League side includes Achraf Lazaar and Ivan Toney, both of who have played for the Newcastle first team.
Also in the team that starts is a ‘Trialist’, the club giving no indication pre-match of who this is.
Newcastle United reserve team v Barrow tonight:
Harker; Cass, McEntee, O’Connor, Lazaar; Allan, M. Longstaff, Sangare, Trialist; Charman, Toney
On Saturday, the Newcastle United Academy (Under 18s) side played their first friendly, beating Scunthorpe Under 18s 3-0.
Newcastle United’s earlier announcement:
Newcastle United Under-23s kick-off their pre-season preparations with a friendly at Barrow on Monday night.
The young Magpies face the National League outfit at the Furness Building Society Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm) in what will be their first outing since they returned to training earlier this month.
Ben Dawson’s youngsters face a Bluebirds side – managed by former Blackpool defender Ian Evatt – which will contain plenty of know-how, with the experienced ex-Norwich City and Aston Villa frontman Grant Holt among the players who could feature.
United, meanwhile, will be without the services of Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts, Victor Fernández and Josef Yarney, who are all away with Rafa Benítez’s first team at their training camp in Ireland.
However, the Magpies still have the likes of Ivan Toney, Dan Barlaser, Nathan Harker and Owen Bailey in their ranks, and all four could be in line to get valuable minutes under their belts against the Cumbrian side, who beat League Two’s Crewe Alexandra 1-0 last time out.
Tickets for the game can be purchased at the ground, priced at £10 for adults, £7.50 for concessions (students and over-65s) and £5 for 16-22-year-olds. Admission is free for under-16s.