OB Odense striker Yankuba Minteh has been warned by his national team manager Abdoulie Bojang that if he fails at Newcastle United, his career will become ‘stuck’.
The 18-year-old claimed that he’d love to make a move to St. James’ Park in the summer transfer window, following in the footsteps of young stars like Garang Kuol.
However, with the Gambia Under-20s international having been told he won’t be able to play at the U-20s World Cup later this year by his side, U-20s boss Bojang acknowledged that despite his talent, he’s worried about an immediate move to the Premier League.
“Yankuba is a very important player for us. If you look at his performances in recent times, he has played at a high level continuously,” Bojang expressed in an interview with Danish outlet Tipsbladet.
“Here in the U20 national team, we need an offensive player with creativity, and someone who can deliver the right pass in the last third of the pitch. The majority of our players play in African clubs, so it is clear that Yankuba has qualities on a slightly different level.
“I know him very well. He has played for me in the U17 national team and also when I was a coach for a local club. We wanted him to go to the Africa Cup of Nations, but OB rejected that, and now for the World Cup they have rejected us again.
“I always tell young players that they should not overestimate their own abilities. I still think it’s a bit early. He is still young. He lacks experience.
“If he goes to a big club and doesn’t perform, he’s stuck.”
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