Newcastle United U21 coach Peter Beardsley is impressed with some of their youngsters
Newcastle United under-21 coach Peter Beardsley has lauded the talents of wing wizard Yasin El-Mhanni, while also giving an update of the progress of Portuguese trialist Flavio da Silva, as reported by The Chronicle.
El-Mhanni, 20, is highly regarded on Tyneside, and has incredible amounts of potential. He has a similar playing style to former Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa, and his impressive technical ability has seen him double for the likes of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in various football adverts.
Newcastle United's U21 coach Peter Beardsley
Beardsley lavished praise on El-Mhanni when speaking to The Chronicle after the under-21s' 3-0 victory over Corby Town on Saturday, but highlighted one area where he needs to improve.
“He’s got unbelievable ability," Beardsley said. "I would say, without being negative, he needs to learn the game. By that I mean going forward he’ll never have a problem because he’s got brilliant talent, but obviously he needs to know when to defend, when to help, when to get himself organised, but he's a great kid."
El-Mhanni is certainly a player that the Toon Army can truly get excited about, after they beat the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City for his signature earlier this summer.
Another new arrival at St James' Park, on a temporary basis for the moment at least, is Portuguese trialist Flavio da Silva, and Beardsley commented on the youngster, claiming he will not have the final say on whether he stays on a more permanent basis.
Beardsley hopes Portuguese trails da Silva will stay, but does not have the final say
"To be fair, Flavio’s been a good lad," he added. "In terms of talent he could have had three goals against Corby. He made some runs and he’s producing some great football. We’ve enjoyed having him around because he’s a great kid and he’s been a credit to himself and been good for us. Again, without being negative, I don’t make that final decision."
Newcastle fans will be hoping to see more of their exciting youngsters over the coming years, although this season will probably come too soon, with the Championship being notorious for a physical and aggressive style of football.
Newcastle fans have suffered heartache in recent times, but the talent amongst their U21 squad should be reason to be cheerful