Skip to content

Newcastle United’s Gambian star Yankuba Minteh set for first-team action

Gambian footballer Yankuba Minteh. African footballersYankuba Minteh will return to Newcastle United this summer following the end of his loan spell at Feyenoord. Newcastle United head coach plans to have the 19-year-old forward as part of the first-team squad in pre-season.

Minteh joined Newcastle from Odense last summer and was quickly loaned out to Feyenoord for the 2023-24 campaign. The youngster has impressed during his season in the Netherlands, scoring in the Champions League and helping Feyenoord win the KNVB Cup last month. Minteh scored his 11th goal of the season in a 3-2 win against NEC Nijmegen over the weekend in his 22nd start of the campaign.

With Feyenoord keen to keep hold of Minteh, Eddie Howe previously told The Gazette that he was uncertain whether the winger would be back at Newcastle in pre-season. But as the season draws to a close, The Magpies boss revealed the plan is for the Gambian international to be part of pre-season with the first team before any major decisions are made on his future. “The plan at the moment is he will come back to us pre-season and we’ll take it from there,” Howe said.

Feyenoord may look to loan Minteh back for a second successive season, while a permanent transfer away from Newcastle has also been discussed. As a player The Magpies signed for a relatively small fee, selling Minteh for a significant profit could provide a spending boost to the club as they look to adhere to Premier League Profitability and Sustainability Rules.

Given Minteh’s age, potential, and the fact he plays in a position Newcastle would ideally look to strengthen this summer, a closer look at the youngster could prove beneficial to all parties heading into the 2024-25 campaign.

More about Yankuba Minteh

Yankuba Minteh (born 22 July 2004) is a Gambian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Eredivisie club Feyenoord, on loan from Premier League club Newcastle United, and represents The Gambia national team.
Read also: Chelsea offers Lukaku in swap deal for Osimhen

Minteh is named after the river that flows through Gambia, with the country’s borders hugging its shores. Minteh grew up in Bakoteh, a suburb of Serekunda, the largest city in the Gambia, which is located near the river’s mouth. He is the second-youngest of seven children. His football-obsessed father, a former midfielder, was a passionate Bayern Munich fan