Newcastle United have reportedly handed Aston Villa starlet Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge a trial and are interested in signing him permanently.
According to Birmingham Live, Newcastle United have taken 19-year-old Aston Villa forward Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge on a trial and intend to sign him permanently.
Abldeen-Goodridge joined the Aston Villa youth academy in 2019, arriving from AFC Wimbledon. The 19-year-old is primarily a left-sided winger who can operate on the opposite flank and through the middle on occasion.
The young attacker initially linked up with the Villans Under-18 setup and went on to make 21 appearances, in which he contributed four goals and three assists. After being promoted to the Under-23s, Abldeen-Goodridge has impressed with a return of five goals and assists each from 23 matches.
The English prospect featured 17 times in the Premier League 2 this season for Villa’s reserve team. But Abldeen-Goodridge was recently brought in on a trial basis by Newcastle United.
Good 4-1 win yesterday +1⚽️ pic.twitter.com/1Y2eIvsUva
— Tristan goodridge (@Tristan14_g) January 25, 2022
The Magpies, who are planning for a huge summer window bankrolled by their new owners, are also looking at strengthening their options at the academy level. And adding someone like Abldeen-Goodridge could be a shrewd move for the Tyneside outfit in the short and the long run.
With Dwight Gayle set to be axed in the summer, Newcastle United will need to bring in a new forward who can provide cover to the frontline strikers. And with reports claiming that they are also considering selling Allan Saint-Maximin, added depth in the wide areas will also become necessary for Eddie Howe’s side.
Abldeen-Goodridge could provide just that for Newcastle. The 19-year-old has shown good potential in his youth career at Aston Villa so far and can be a handy squad option for the Tyneside giants in the years to come.
The report states that Newcastle handed the Villa starlet minutes with their Under-23 side in the Premier League 2 clash against Middlesbrough last Friday. Abldeen-Goodridge played 45 minutes as the Magpies lost 4-2. As things stand, Howe’s side are keen on signing him, although a decision could hinge on how he performs in the rest of his trial spell.