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Newcastle great Clark tells Man Utd fans: Geordie Shoretire one to watch

Newcastle United great Lee Clark has told Manchester United fans to keep an eye on their teenage Geordie Shola Shoretire.

For last week's U23 defeat to Leicester City, the 16 year-old Shoretire was handed a debut in the second-half. The midfielder made his debut in the UEFA Youth League last year at the age of 14. Shoretire also captained England U16 to victory over Denmark in 2019.

Clark knows all about Shoretire with son Bobby Clark playing in the year below with the England junior and youth teams. Bobby is rapidly progressing through Newcastle's academy and like Shoretire, big things are being tipped for the teenage attacker.

Writing in his column for Tribalfootball.com, Clark admits there was a little frustration when first learning of Shoretire and how Manchester United had managed to nick the youngster away from under the noses of Newcastle. However, he also understands the opportunity such a move can offer.

Clark explained: "I've watched Shola Shoretire when my son Bobby has been down at the academy at Newcastle and played against Man Utd in the years above.

"Shola is an unbelievable young talent with fantastic ability. Great pace, great movement. He made his debut this week for the U23s having just turned 16. He's not the biggest but he's powerful and I know the people at United are excited.

"But what they do at United is they don't go overboard officially about players, they keep it in house and under wraps. But they will now they've got a special young talent in their hands without a doubt.

"At first when I heard about him a couple of years ago, I was initially frustrated that Newcastle lost out on one of their own, but it was a scenario that couldn't be helped with his parents being offered jobs down in the Manchester area which they had to take. Unfortunately there's nothing Newcastle could have done about that."

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