Newcastle Utd’s 18-year-old Zim striker, Michael Ndiweni ‘promoted’ to first team
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has invited Zimbabwean teenage sensation Michael Ndiweni to train with the club’s first team.
The new development was confirmed by the ChronicleLive Sports website late last week.
According to the publication, Howe looks keen on playing the 18-year-old forward and might give him his debut this season after his striker Callum Wilson suffered a calf injury since December last year.
With Wilson on the sidelines, Howe also suffered another huge setback by missing out on some of his targets in the already closed January transfer window.
The gaffer missed out on Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Stade Reims’ Hugo Ekitike who were his prime targets.
However, in an attempt to solve the injury matter, Howe and his staff have called up Ndiweni from the club’s under 18s to train with the senior team.
The coaching staff was spotted at the St James Park Stadium last month where they were reportedly taking a closer look at the Zimbabwean teenager.
In that match Newcastle’s developmental side won 3-2 against Colchester United to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup and Ndiweni was among the scorers.
Furthemore, the 18-year-old highly rated striker had also scored a few weeks back to inspire his side to beat West Ham in the third round of the same Emirates Cup.
So far this season, Ndiweni has netted 12 times for the Magpies’ under 18 side.
The dreadlocked rookie striker has been playing for the English side since he was 12 years old. Nehanda Radio