Newcastle United has made official the addition of Amadou Diallo to the Magpies Academy on a permanent deal.
Diallo spent time with the U21 side of Newcastle earlier this season and will stay with the team for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, per the official press release.
The 19-year-old has already been called up by all youth England international coaches, representing the Three Lions at both U15 and U17 levels in years past.
The higher-level competition he’s played at with the Magpies this year was a Premier League 2 game against Middlesbrough. Diallo played 55 minutes in that game on the left wing as part of Newcastle’s U21 starting XI.
Steve Harper, NUFC’s Academy Director says “Newcastle are delighted that Diallo is joining [the club] until the end of the season.”
This is not a surprising move—even though it is related to a trialist—given the youth movement that the new board has put in motion since the takeover a little over a year ago. The addition of world-renowned players in their early 20s such as Alexander Isak (23) and Sven Botman (22) paved the way for the signing of Aussie über-prospect Garang Kuol last September.
All of that, of course, without forgetting the likes of Charlie McArthur (17) and Alex Murph (17), who also joined the club late last season to bolster the underage teams playing football in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Speaking to NUFC.co.uk for the first time since signing his long-term deal, Diallo said that he is “very delighted to be here and will be looking forward to playing and helping the team.” Diallo had good words to share about the club and its members, saying that “the players and staff were good to me and helped me settle in quickly so that made everything else easier.“
Diallo looked excited about the opportunity ahead of him. “I’m really looking forward to getting started to help the team and work hard to achieve our goals as a team for the season.”