Release date: Friday, March 19, 2021 11:07 am – Neil Foster
Newcastle United have completed signing former RB Leipzig left-back Matthew Bondswell and beat several Premier League clubs to his signature .
The 18-year-old became a free agent after being fired from RB Leipzig in January. Both West Ham United and Leeds United are said to be thrilled.
And it seemed like the Hammers were favorites to land him back in the winter window. But last week the news surfaced that the Magpies had won the race.
And now it has been confirmed that he is a Newcastle player. Bondswell attended the youth academy in Nottingham Forest before moving to Leipzig in 2018.
He did not play in the Bundesliga and moved to Dutch FC Dordrecht last summer. The Nottingham-born starlet made seven starts for the second division side but his contract was terminated in January.
That made the clubs stand up and take notice and began the battle for his services. Steve Bruce won this race and the youngster was delighted to be a Newcastle player.
« It’s an amazing feeling to be in such a big club, » he said on the club’s official website. « I’m really looking forward to starting with the guys and hopefully doing some successful things in the future. » Bondswell has drawn the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the past. He was spotted by Chelsea, while Sporting reportedly also wanted the full-back.
He was capped by England at all levels between U15 and U18 and was able to give his fellow defenders the strange nightmare. He’s been recognized for his pace by national coaches after representing his county in sprinting and triple jumping.
Bruce and his team of coaches will be hoping to develop the teenager, although this is far from the finished item. He will join United’s U23 squad under the tutelage of Chris Hogg and Peter Ramage.
It remains to be seen whether Bondswell will receive any first-team action before the campaign ends. If the Tynesiders can survive before the final game, he may get a run-out.
Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis and Matt Ritchie will all be in front of him, but he certainly seems one for the future.
Newcastle’s next assignment is a big clash with Brighton at Amex on Saturday. A win would skip the seagulls, but a loss could mean Bruce’s men finish in the bottom three.
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