By Danny Wright
Newcastle have been offered the services of centre-back Stefan O’Connor following his release from Arsenal, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that a two-year long deal could be offered to the 20-year-old defender, who spent last season on loan in the Dutch second-tier with MVV Maastricht.
O’Connor is a colossal defender, standing at 6ft 1in tall and still has some way to reach in the future after he rose through the youth ranks at both Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
He only made one senior appearance during his seven years on the Gunners’ book, which came in a 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray in September 2014.
It is now believed that O’Connor is eager for a new challenge after he failed to earn a new contract with Premier League giants Arsenal – and Newcastle could be his next destination.
Last season saw the London-born centre-back make just four appearances for MKK in the Dutch Jupiler League, and all of those came off the bench.
He has also spent time on loan with York City, where he also played just four times.
Football Insider Verdict
At 20-years-of-age, you would expect a player to start earning more first-team football than what O’Connor has had in his loan spells. A move to the Netherlands’ second tier should have seen the youngster make more than just four appearances, so it’s hard to see if he will be able to be senior team material for the Magpies in the near future. Although he is a free agent, the Tynesiders shouldn’t really bother to try and sign him up despite being offered his services. Rafa Benitez and his recruitment staff need to focus on making improvements ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign and not be looking at strengthening the youth squad.
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