NUFC Blog have scoured the length and breadth of YouTube to track down a video of new Toon signing, Jóhan Símun Edmundsson in action. Well here he is playing for the Faroe Islands against Russia Under 21s and scoring the winning goal with a very decent header (he is No.17 playing in white).
In the wake of Toon’s January transfer bonanza comes news of the club’s latest youth signing. 18 year old Jóhan Símun Edmundsson, a striker who can play on the flanks has arrived on loan until the end of the season from Faroe Islands giant, B68 Toftir. He has also been capped by the Faroe Islands national team.
Some of you may remember that the current head coach of the Faroe Islands, Brian Kerr, used to be assisted by Chris Hughton when manager of Ireland. Kerr said on the player:
“I don’t think he’s going to be in Newcastle’s first team this season, but I’d expect him to make a very good impression and maybe look to break into the side next year,”
“He’s a biggish lad who has good ability. He can beat a man – he has a trick – and he knows how to score goals.”
“He’s scored in three Under-21 international matches in the last year, including against Russia, when Colin Calderwood was there to watch him.”
“He was playing out wide in a 4-3-3 formation then, but I think he’s better playing through the middle, which is where I picked him for his full international debut against France.”
“I spoke to Chris Hughton about him and we had Edmundsson and another lad – Christian Mouritsen – go on trial at Newcastle before Christmas.”
“Chris liked them both, but felt that Christian, at 21, needed first-team football, which Newcastle couldn’t offer him.”
“But Edmundsson has a chance. As well as his ability, he’s incredibly enthusiastic, honest, willing to learn, as the players in the Faroes and across Scandinavia tend to be.”
Judge for yourself Toon scouts. What do you think?