Newcastle United supporters learn how Yankuba Minteh has improved at Feyenoord

Yankuba Minteh has bagged seven Eredivisie goals this seasonYankuba Minteh has bagged seven Eredivisie goals this season
Yankuba Minteh has bagged seven Eredivisie goals this season | Getty Images
Newcastle United signed Yankuba Minteh for £7million last summer but immediately loaned him to Feyenoord

Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has revealed that Yankuba Minteh’s improved decision-making could see him feature for Newcastle United next season.

Toon supporters are growing increasingly excited at the 19-year-old’s potential. Signed from Danish outfit Odense Boldklub for £7million last summer, Minteh was immediately loaned out to De Stadionclub.

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He netted in the Champions League against Celtic and three goals in his first seven Eredivisie fixtures wowed Newcastle fans. But a mid-season slump led to cries of inconsistency from Dutch quarters.

Since then, Minteh appears to have turned a corner with three goals and an assist in his last four games. PSV Eindhoven - undefeated all season - boast a 10-point lead at the top of the table but Feyenoord sit comfortably second and should qualify for the Champions League next year.

However, Minteh’s form means his next chapter may be on Tyneside rather than another Eredivisie title charge. The right flank has proven a problem under Eddie Howe in recent times - opening a window of opportunity for the Gambian international.

Question marks remain over Miguel Almiron and Jacob Murphy, the latter of whom has spent most of the campaign injured. Improved composure in the final third, Feyenoord boss Slot claims, could result in Minteh starring for Newcastle.

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“He has mostly played a lot in his native country, where very little tactics are involved,” he told Ziggo Sport/FR12. “When you’re that fast, though, it’s a huge weapon. One action and he’s gone, then you don’t catch up with him either.

“I think his choices are already getting better in the final stages. The only annoying thing for us is that if his choices get really good, he probably won’t play with us anymore."

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