‘Agreement in place’: Newcastle now set to welcome exciting addition to Tyneside – journalist
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‘Agreement in place’: Newcastle now set to welcome exciting addition to Tyneside – journalist

Newcastle United are set to appoint Manchester City’s Paul Midgley as their Head of Youth Recruitment, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

It is reported that the Sky Blues’ Northern UK Youth Scouting Manager is to make the Premier League switch to the Magpies, despite a short spell in Manchester.

Back in the summer, Midgley joined City from his previous role as Leeds United’s Head of National Academy Recruitment.

Even prior to this, he led recruitment for Sunderland at the Academy of Light.

Newcastle appoint new Head of Youth Recruitment

Following the arrival of Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi at St James’ Park, there has been a new-found focus placed on bringing youth talent through the ranks at Darsley Park.

In 2022 alone, the Toon have welcomed the likes of Jude Smith, Charlie McArthur, Alex Murphy, Jordan Hackett and Amadou Diallo to the club.

In addition, they also secured the signing of 18-year-old Garang Kuol, who is set to arrive in January after competing at the World Cup with the Australia national team.

Whilst other teams with wealthy owners often see numerous big-money transfers go to waste with a lack of clear direction, Newcastle, on the other hand, are taking a brilliant route to success.

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Signing some of the best youngsters from across Europe will allow the club’s academy to flourish, in turn inviting more youth talents to join.

As a result, they will then hope for these players to progress through the academy system, before being promoted to the first-team.

This is certainly the most sustainable way of acquiring exceptional players. With the right funding and management, which the club have, this is a realistic possibility on Tyneside.

Hopefully the club can continue to progress in this area with Midgley now in-charge.