According to reports, Newcastle United are on the brink of securing the services of Yankuba Minteh from Odense Boldklub (OB) for a fee of 50 million kroner (€6.7 million). The transfer of Minteh is reportedly imminent, as per Danish outlet BT. The completion of Minteh’s medical tests with Newcastle is said to be the only remaining step.
Newcastle United have expressed its intention to loan the 18-year-old Gambian winger back to OB following his move citing further developments to his potential. According to journalist Farzam Abolhosseini, the transfer fee agreement between OB and Newcastle has been confirmed via Twitter.
Due to the upcoming relocation, Minteh will be absent for OB’s upcoming league match against FC Midtjylland.
As per the official website of the Danish club, the reason for his absence has been attributed to the ongoing negotiations, the club has confirmed: “OB are close to selling Yankuba Minteh. OB has for a long time been in close negotiations with a foreign club about the sale of Yankuba Minteh, and the negotiations have now reached such a stage that Yankuba Minteh will not be in the squad when we meet FC Midtjylland tomorrow.”
According to OB’s football director, Björn Wesström, Minteh has been dropped from the squad for the upcoming match against FC Midtjylland. The decision was made after careful consideration of the risks and opportunities involved, with the ultimate conclusion that it would be in the best interest of OB for Minteh to sit out, “It is a difficult decision, but with the risks and opportunities in this case, I have concluded that it is overall the best decision for OB, that he sit out the match against FC Midtjylland.”
Let’s take a dive into Yankuba Minteh –
In the world of Danish football, an 18-year-old Gambian winger by the name of Yankuba Minteh is quickly rising to prominence. Odense BK’s Minteh is making waves in the football world with his exceptional combination of speed, dribbling prowess, and technical finesse, that distinguishes him fairly from his peers on the pitch. Minteh’s playing style is reminiscent to that of Moussa Diaby, and the young athlete has the potential to become a formidable presence on the pitch.
Minteh, hailing from Gambia, was born on July 22, 2004, and has harboured a fervent love for football since his early years. Having honed his skills in the youth ranks of Steve Biko FC, a promising footballer caught the eye of Danish club Odense BK in 2022. His transfer to Odense BK has presented him with a significant opportunity to enhance his skills and exhibit his exceptional potential.
Minteh, the inside forward, is renowned for his remarkable speed, dexterity, and robustness. With remarkable coordination and changes of pace, he poses a constant threat to opposition defences. Minteh’s exceptional ball control and technique have propelled him to excel in dribbling, making him a force to be reckoned with in one-on-one situations. His nimble footwork and adeptness at manoeuvring through narrow gaps, he possesses the ability to maintain control of the ball and generate chances to score.
The versatile Gambian winger is adept at playing on either flank, but his true prowess lies in his ability to excel in an inverted role on the right wing. By utilising his skills, he is able to beat defenders, cut inside, and pose a significant threat to score goals. Minteh’s exceptional vision and playmaking skills, coupled with his lightning-fast pace, render him a highly coveted asset in counter-attacking scenarios.
Although Minteh is undeniably talented, there are still aspects of his game that require refinement. Occasionally, the urge to exhibit his abilities can result in instances of excessive ambition with the ball. The key to his ongoing growth will be the ability to balance his creative impulses with sound decision-making. Furthermore, by enhancing his proficiency to operate efficiently with his weaker right foot, he will have a wider range of options and become an even more unpredictable attacker.
The meteoric ascent of Yankuba Minteh in Danish football is a testament to his exceptional skill and untapped potential. Minteh, a dynamic winger with exceptional pace, dribbling ability, and technical skill, possesses the necessary attributes to make a significant impact on the pitch. The young Gambian player’s future looks promising, thanks to his enhanced decision-making skills and improved right-footed abilities.
As Minteh’s transfer to Newcastle draws closer to its completion, it seems that OB has made a wise choice in opting to keep him sidelined for the upcoming weekend match.