Snapped: Midfield colossus surprise sight in Newcastle training after Benitez call up
Newcastle United youngster Mo Sangare has been pictured training with the first team after a surprise call up from manager Rafael Benitez.
The 19-year-old midfielder was captured on camera in a photo gallery available on the club’s official website tackling club captain and central defender Jamaal Lascelles, as the squad were forced to take training indoors as a result of the freezing conditions on Tyneside.
???? GALLERY: The lads have been training today ahead of Saturday's trip to Liverpool.
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Sangare, a central colossus who stands at 6’3″, came through the club’s academy after he underwent a trial back in 2016 before linking up with the under-23 side, and was revealed to have been playing seven-a-side football ahead of the Magpies taking him on.
His call up to senior training will come as a big surprise to supporters, many of which will have only heard his name when looking at the reserve squad’s games, as he has never been part of the first team squad during his time on Tyneside.
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While the Toon Army might not have heard of Sangare before he was pictured among more recognisable names in training, this hints that there may well be more to come from the youngster between now and the end of the season. Newcastle would find themselves a bit light in the centre of the park if injuries and/or suspension were to hit, and it could well be that the 19-year-old has been identified as the next hot prospect to break into the first team at St James’ Park. At 6’3″, he would be an imposing figure to any opposition player, and although he might be a raw talent right now, under Benitez’s tutelage, he could go on to be a powerful presence. One to watch, that is for sure.
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In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has held confirmed talks with the agent of an outcast available for £3million.