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Newcastle United take young Manchester City midfielder on trial after released

12 months ago

Newcastle United have taken young midfielder Thomas Midgley on trial after his release from Manchester City.

He played the full 90 minutes on Saturday for the NUFC Aacademy side but could do nothing to stop the rot.

The young Magpies hammered 4-1 by Middlesbrough, Max Allen scoring the consolation goal with 20 minutes to go, when United were already three down.

Rafa Benitez has been desperate for Mike Ashley to agree to much overdue and essential investment in the club’s Academy but in over three years at Newcastle, those requests have fallen on deaf ears.

It has been a horrendous season for the Newcastle United Academy side.

Thomas Midgeley actually made his Under 18s debut for Manchester City against Newcastle back in August, hammering the Magpies 6-0.

Newcastle’s Under 18s then lost 3-0 to West Brom before beating Wolves and Sunderland by a single goal in their third and fourth league games.

Since then though they have won only one of their next 17 league matches and with only Blackburn to play at home, the NUFC U18s are grateful for Sunderland and Wolves keeping them off the bottom of the table, although that pair both have two games in hand on Newcastle.

In 21 league games Newcastle’s Academy side have scored less goals (16) than any other side and only West Brom have conceded more than NUFC’s 56 goals.

Thomas Midgley turns 17 in November (he was only 15 when making his Man City U18s debut against Newcastle back in August) and made four appearances for the Manchester City U18s this season before being released.

Middlesbrough Under 18s 4 Newcastle United Under 18s 1

Newcastle United:

Langley, Swailes, Oliver, Gamblin (Gilchrist 66), Allen, Midgley, Joyce (Stephenson 46), Ebanks, Scott, Cole (Harrison 45) Anderson


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