Arsenal Youngster Lands Trial With Newcastle

The Chronicle are reporting that 17-year-old Stan Flaherty is currently on trial at Newcastle.

Flaherty is an Arsenal Academy product who had been told earlier this year that he was not guaranteed to get a professional contract with the club.

The youngster just finished a trial at West Ham but has since linked up with the Newcastle Under-18 side. He played for the Newcastle youth side on October 19th when they were defeated at Liverpool Under-18s 3-0.

According to Arseblog, Flaherty is described as being a technically gifted player who can play in central midfield or wide right. However, the youngster sees himself has an attacking midfielder. He said this in a report on from 2018:

“I’m naturally a playmaking attacking midfielder. I was first spotted by Arsenal at around eight years of age playing for my Sunday side, but I’d already been approached by Watford.

“I was there for a couple of seasons but the Arsenal scout kept in touch and I decided to join the Gunners as an under-11, so this is my sixth year in the academy.”

From the same report, he says that he looks up to ex-Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta as well as Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden.

Flaherty has not featured much this season as he prepares for life after Arsenal. Last year he made 11 appearances for their Under-18 side with 2 goals and 1 assist. Flaherty will turn 18 in December.

The Chronicle also report that Newcastle are continuously looking to improve the depth and quality in their youth squad. We’ll see if Stan Flaherty can make the grade and get a contract with Newcastle.

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