Academy manager Mick Leonard has every confidence that the club can produce one of its own 20-goal strikers in the coming years...
First team manager Chris Kiwomya has made finding a prolific frontman his main priority during the summer break, after a season that saw the Magpies fall short of the Play-Offs.
Two youth team players, Romello Nangle, who netted his first professional goal at the back end of 2012.13, and under-18s’ top-scorer Malachi Lavelle-Moore will add competition in the forward area.
Leonard hopes that the duo can make an impact on the senior stage and is upbeat about some of the attacking players in the Academy’s younger age groups.
“Strikers are the hardest thing in the world to find, especially if you haven’t got the funds to bring them in,” he told the official site.
“Hopefully, that’s where the young ones coming through in the next amount of years will pay dividends.
“Where do you get a 20 goals a season striker from? They cost millions and nobody’s going to give you their best striker on a free transfer.
“It’s got to be one of the most difficult positions for managers to fill and you might end up with someone towards the end of their career that doesn’t have the energy that the likes of Romello Nangle has.
“We were lucky enough to have Lee Hughes, who’s a proven striker and he’s still doing it now, it was an absolute diamond bit of business getting him in and every manager wants one.
“Luckily enough in the younger age groups, we’ve got some fantastic talent.
“They’re not going to be ready for Chris next season, unless he wants to stick some under 13s in – but I don’t think he’ll take that chance!
“We’ve got some unbelievable talent and in years to come they’re going to be knocking on the door.”
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