WHILE domestic football bleeds under inept leadership, exciting Zimbabwean teenager Michael Ndiweni is doing all he can to fly the country’s flag high in foreign lands after Newcastle boss called him Eddie Howe to train with the English Premiership side.
Howe wants to take a closer look at the Magpies Under-18 phenomenon as he looks to strengthen his strikeforce in battle to survive relegation.
The 18-year-old, who was born in England to Zimbabwean parents, has yet to make a senior appearance for the North East club, but is already flying into the youth level with incredible numbers. goal-scoring.
According to Newcastle writer Ciaran Kelly, the exciting striker was called up to train with the Newcastle first team after Howe’s scouting mission and could be considered after Newcastle United’s failed attempts to sign the Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window, despite already spending £ 25m on Chris Wood from Burnley.
The Newcastle strike-force was left disabled following an injury to Cullum Wilson.
“Newcastle are a bit light up front after Callum Wilson suffered a calf injury in December and the Magpies attempted to sign Hugo Ekitike and Jesse Lingard last month despite already spending £ 25m on Chris Wood.
“Perhaps, then, it’s not a surprise that Howe watched Ndiweni, who has scored a dozen goals for the club’s Under-18s this season.
“Howe and his staff were at St James’ Park actually to watch the 18-year-old striker and the young Magpies beat Colchester United to progress to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup last month, ”it wrote by Kelly.
The forward, who has been on the club’s books since the age of 12, scored a well-earned goal in the 3-2 victory after the Throckley lad had previously doubled in the win over West Ham in the third round.
In fact, Ndiweni is in impressive form having scored 12 goals in 13 games for the Newcastle Under-18s this season.
Ndiweni was born in England to Zimbabwean parents on December 2, 2003, and as such, he is eligible for both Zimbabwe and England at the international level.
He is one of the best football prospects in the United Kingdom after he was named in The Guardian’s top 20 upcoming youths last year. Regarding his chance for a breakthrough, the UK’s Football Transfer Tavern reported: “Once the window is closed, Howe will have to use other resources to increase his above options, and that could mean digging into academia instead of looking at free agents or emergency.loans.
“He has scored at least 18 goals in 31 games in total in all competitions in the last three seasons, including 12 of 13 this term, and because of Wilson’s injury, he will feel that at least he is could be the bench in the next senior.squad on the day of the match.
“However, the Toon Army wants to see young people in academia given the opportunity, and Ndiweni is definitely someone who can grow up with the older players around him.” Ndiweni was captured training with the senior team at the club’s latest training gallery along with some youth players and the club’s new signings on Friday.
Newcastle are looking to turn things around in their search for safety and spend more than £ 90m in the January window. They brought in Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes from Olympique Lyon, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and on-loan Aston Villa defender Matt Targett.
The spending, which could rise to more than £ 90m, has given renewed hope to the safety prospects of Newcastle, whose side Howe is currently at a safety point, having only won twice throughout the season. They will face home fixtures against Everton and Aston Villa next, with subsequent capital fights against West Ham and Brentford.
Relegation rivals Burnley and Watford are both holding games at Newcastle, while Norwich have moved out of the relegation zone with consecutive wins.