Promising Newcastle United forwards Mo Sangare and Thomas Allan have been promoted to first team training for the opening day of pre-season, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper claim that the young pair, who spent last season with the Magpies’ under-23 side, have been given the chance to train alongside the senior side by interim coach Ben Dawson, who has taken charge of the first team alongside Neil Redfearn following Rafael Benitez’s exit.
Neither Sangare, who stands at an imposing 6’3″ tall [Transfermarkt] and is a two-cap international for Liberia, nor Allan have featured for the first team at St James’ Park and it is stated that they are joined by Nathan Harker in being promoted from the under-23s’ training sessions.
With Salomon Rondon unlikely to return and Ayoze Perez having left for Leicester City, it should come as no real surprise that Dawson feels forced to call upon some of the young forwards. Their inclusion might well be because of their performances for the under-23s last season, but you imagine that a lack of alternative options has forced his hand into bringing them up to challenge for the first team. Having seen Sean Longstaff make the grade in the last 12 months, Newcastle fans will be hoping they can see another hot prospect or two follow in his footsteps and when you have Joselu and Yoshinori Muto as two of your three most senior options up front, you would not bet against a striker being the next breakthrough talent if simply due to pure necessity. Sangare looks a physical presence who has already caught the eye of his country – could the Magpies have another Andy Carroll on their books?