There’s always something that much sweeter about seeing a young player come through and make his mark on the first-team. Newcastle have seen a couple of rising talents fitting that description in recent years – the Longstaff brothers to name a couple.
One starlet who joined the Magpies’ youth sides in 2018, may be the next break-out star to come out of Tyneside: Yannick Toure.
The 20-year-old initially joined from Swiss team BSC Young Boys, and the Dakar born centre-forward was quick to share his love for his new team.
He said: “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. I saw the fans, who were crazy. They live for football and are so passionate, and I like that very much.”
Talk about getting yourself into the good books.
The 6 foot 1 striker has shades of former Newcastle striker Demba Ba in him, with his speed, power and clinical finishing all characteristics of the former Magpie favourite – at Young Boys, he racked up an incredible 24 goals in 25 games for the U18s.
Earlier this year, he was nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award after scoring three times and providing two assists, including netting in a 2-0 win over Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby
In fact, after bagging a hat-trick for the U23s back in February 2019, Newcastle fans even called on him to be promoted into the first-team and be given a chance.
With senior striker Joelinton really struggling to prove his worth after a big-money move last summer – he scored just four times last season – Steve Bruce already has a potential upgrade in the Brazilian in Toure.
If he continues to develop at the rate that he is now, the youngster dubbed as an “exciting prospect” by U23s coach Ben Dawson, could be seeing first-team action sooner rather than later.