After signing a three year contract, new young signing Yannick Toure is hoping to make rapid progress with Newcastle United.

The 17 year old striker moved from Young Boys in Switzerland and is set to play for the Newcastle United Under 23s (reserves) this afternoon.

They kick-off at 2pm away at West Bom and United could field a pretty strong team, as Sean Longstaff, Freddie Woodman, Cal Roberts, Jamie Sterry and Víctor Fernández are all likely to start.

It remains to be seen whether Rafa gives a game to Aarons and Lazaar, with the potential of other clubs being represented who might want to buy or at least take the pair on loan.

The manager has made clear they aren’t in his plans, along with Henri Saivet, who is reportedly set to be bought by Turkish side Bursaspor.

As Rafa tries to also strengthen the younger age groups despite limited resources, Rosaire Longelo could also start this afternoon, the young winger signed this summer after West Ham releaed him.

Yannick Toure talking to the official club site:

“I have heard a lot about Newcastle United.

“I know it’s a famous club in England and I’m very, very happy to be here.

“There was a lot of interest in me, but I chose to come here because it’s a great and traditional club in England.

“I’m an offensive player and I like to score goals for the team. My position is a striker but I can play on the left and right.

“I want to work hard, to learn and ultimately to play for the first team.

“That is a very good challenge for me. It’s an opportunity for me to show what I’m capable of and have more game time.

“It will be an experience, an introduction to English football for me, because it’s something new for me. Maybe it will help me to establish myself.

“I came to the stadium and watched the Chelsea match (on the final day of last season), which was very good.

“Newcastle won 3-0 and it was a great match. And I saw the fans, who were crazy. They live for football and are so passionate, and I like that very much.”