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Leo Shahar becomes latest young talent to sign for Newcastle United

3 months ago

Leo Shahar is the latest young talent to arrive at Newcastle United.

The England Under 16s international right-back moving from Wolves after the player was convinced to move to Tyneside.

As is the case with many young players moving clubs, it appears the development compensation fee will be set by a tribunal, with seemingly no agreement able to be reached between Wolves and Newcastle United.

Last week we brought you news (see below) of the reported capture of the very exciting Trevan Sanusi, with Newcastle said to have fought off Liverpool and many other clubs to recruit the talented teenager from Birmingham.

Now it is 16 year old Leo Shahar coming in from their Midlands rivals Wolves, with the recruitment of young talent at St James’ Park now relentless.

Dan Ashworth spearheading a massive programme of bringing in the best possible talent for the future health of the club. Needless to say, the time and money getting put into this process, couldn’t be any different to what we experienced under Mike Ashley for a decade and a half.

Leo Shahar posting the photo that was used below by ‘Secret Scout’ on his personal Instagram account after signing for Newcastle United.

Leo Shahar was very highly rated by Wolves and played regularly for the club’s Under 18s side last season, only turning 16 in March (2023).

Wolves head of player development Darren Ryan commented previously:

“Every time I watch Leo Shahar playing for England, he looks comfortable within the environment. We know how good he is technically…”

The Mag – 2 September 2023:

Now reported on both Tyneside and Merseyside, as well as elsewhere, that Newcastle United have beaten Liverpool to the signature of Trevan Sanusi.

The very exciting teenager said to now be set to be announced very shortly as the latest young talent Dan Ashworth is bringing to the club.

He looks an exceptional talent and Newcastle United fans, in my opinion, need to appreciate just how good the future building blocks are being put in place now that the club is run on a proper ambitious basis, for the here and now AND especially the longer-term.

A very interesting write up below from independent Liverpool site, Anfield Index.

Credit to them for giving such an honest (not bitter and snide) overview of the apparent NUFC transfer success and the direction of travel Newcastle United are going in.

Just have a look at this compilation of the skills and action from Trevan Sanusi, which was put together eight months ago when he was just 15 years old (he doesn’t turn 17 until next April). Wow!!! (Maybe turn the music down, you can’t have everything…)


Anfield Index report – 2 September 2023:



In a move that has sent ripples through the Premier League, Newcastle United have successfully secured the signing of Trevan Sanusi, the highly-touted 16-year-old winger. The club’s sporting director, Dan Ashworth, played a pivotal role in ensuring that the prodigy would be donning the black and white stripes at St James’ Park.


The race for Sanusi was a fierce one, with Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester City all vying for the youngster’s signature. However, Newcastle’s meticulous planning and strategic moves paid off, allowing them to edge out their rivals in what can only be described as a coup.


Sanusi is no ordinary talent. After declining a contract extension with Birmingham City earlier this summer, he became one of the most coveted young talents in English football. His performances at the youth level have been nothing short of extraordinary, earning him a spot in Birmingham’s senior squad for a Championship match against Sheffield United last May. Had he made an appearance, he would have surpassed Jude Bellingham as Birmingham’s youngest-ever player.


Sanusi’s imminent arrival is part of a broader strategy by Newcastle to invest in young talent. The club recently announced the signing of 17-year-old Norwegian Travis Hernes and is also expected to bring in Wolves full-back Leo Shahar. These new additions will join a growing list of young talents at Newcastle, including Sam Pinnington from Luton, Sam Alabi from Oldham, Kacey Wooster from Southend, and Michael Mills from Port Vale.


With Sanusi’s signing soon to be officially announced, Newcastle United have made a statement of intent. They may not have the financial muscle of a Liverpool or a Manchester City, but what they lack in resources, they make up for in shrewd planning and execution. It’s a quiet triumph, but one that could have significant implications for the club’s future.


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