The 16-year-old Finnish striker has impressed on trial so far – but what should Newcastle United fans know about him?
Remember the name Mauro Severino: Newcastle United fans could be singing it from the rafters of St James’ Park in the not-too-distant future.
Handed a trial at the club for the next couple of weeks, the 16-year-old wasted little time in impressing with a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors game against Blackpool.
So with so many Toon fans now talking about the young Finn, here are seven things Newcastle fans should probably know about Severino.
1. He’s originally from Angola
Originally from Angola, Severino headed to Finland in search of fame and fortune as a footballer, and has so far fared well in that quest.
2. He’s a versatile forward
Though initially billed as a striker, Severino is arguably more at home playing on the wing and it’s this versatility that could make him a valuable addition to the Magpies’ setup.
3. He’s pretty experienced for a teenager
Despite being just 16, Severino has already made 16 appearances for Tampereen Pallo-Veikot (TPV) in the Kakkonen, or third tier of Finnish football, scoring three goals.
4. He’s played alongside his brother
While it’s Mauro Severino currently catching the eye of Newcastle at present, they may want to take a look at his twin brother Marcio Severino, who plays in midfield for TPV and has been attracting similarly rave reviews.
5. He’s already a hero for Finland at under-16 level
Severino chose to represent his adopted country at international level and has already enjoyed one notable highlight – a hat-trick in a game against Sweden played last summer.
6. He might be a fan of David Beckham
The number a player chooses can tell you a lot about their favourite player and with Severino seemingly choosing number 23, we are starting to think he may be a fan of Manchester United and Real Madrid winger David Beckham.
7. He’s a nice guy on the pitch
Racking up some 16 appearances to date for TPV by the age of 16 is impressive in itself, but to do so without picking up a single yellow or red card says a lot about his maturity and outlook on the game.
Aleksandar Mitrovic he most definitely is not!