By Danny Wright
Newcastle new-boy Stefan O’Connor believes that many of his new Under-23s team-mates show similarities to Arsenal in their style of play.
The 20-year-old switched from the Gunners earlier this summer and was announced by the Magpies on the same day as Josef Varney arrived from Everton.
O’Connor had spent his entire career in north London with Arsenal and is now eager to see what he can do with a change of scenery in the Newcastle development squad.
“I’ve settled well at this club. All the players and staff are really good,” said O’Connor to the Newcastle Chronicle.
“It’s kind of similar to Arsenal in a way because these boys like to play football too, which is kind of helpful.
“I just want to push on from here.
“It’s a massive club with a big fanbase.
“I’ve played against Newcastle for years and I’ve always felt like it’s a great place to play football so I really want to push on to a high level here and really test myself.”
O’Connor only earned one senior appearance with the Gunners and has had spells out on loan with York, before joining up with MVV Maastricht in the Netherlands last term.
However he only played four times for the Dutch side, meaning that he arrives on Tyneside with very limited experience of senior football.
Rafa Benitez has been working hard to improve his first-team squad this summer and with the purchase of Florian Lejeune from Eibar, it doesn’t appear that O’Connor has any chances of taking part in Premier League fixtures any time soon.
Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo have also joined Lejune in signing up for the Benitez revolution this summer, but O’Connor’s and Yarney’s arrivals suggest that the club is also looking to see some success from their Under-23 side in the near future.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are bracing themselves for an offer for this 24-year-old within the next few days.