Newcastle United have named the “non-league Mahrez” in their squad for the big friendly against Quakers at the Northern Echo Arena.
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has also played twice for the first team played in the game at the Arena last summer. He played non league football at Farnborough and Lewes, won several football skill competitions, and earlier in his career was good enough to be a body double and skill adviser for Neymar in a commercial. He was once dubbed the “non league Mahrez” because of his Moroccan heritage and skills.
The expected squad is:
Nathan Harker (GK)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
Virgin East Coast are sponsoring the game, and they’ll be giving discount vouchers away on the night that will entitle users to three trips with fares discounted at 30 per cent.
Admission is £10 adults and £5 concessions.