Five players who could follow Kevin Mbabu into Newcastle’s first team -- including Woodman and Lascelles

After an impressive league debut from the defender last weekend, we look at some of Newcastle's reserve players who could follow in his footsteps.

With injuries hitting Newcastle United’s defence hard in the past month, boss Steve McClaren was all but forced into handing Swiss youngster Kevin Mbabu his debut at left-back against Chelsea this past Saturday.

The 20-year-old put in a rousing performance that has given hope to many of The Magpies’ fringe players who are desperate to join him.

Here are the top five Newcastle prospects waiting in the wings:

Adam Armstrong

The 18-year-old striker is a product of the club's youth system and has made a total of 19 appearances in the first-team over the last two years, primarily from the bench.

Currently on loan at Coventry City, the highly-regarded Armstrong has scored six goals in seven League One games and was named the league’s Player of the Month for August.

There is no doubt he is a talent for the future and one who will be looking for a more prominent role at St. James’ Park when his loan ends in January.

Rolando Aarons

Much has been made of Rolando Aarons after an impressive pre-season at Newcastle showed glimpses of his undoubted potential. With an abundance of pace and skill, the England Under-20 international has played once in the Premier League this year and fans are clamouring to see the tricky winger pull on the shirt again.

Joining from Bristol City in 2012, the Jamaican-born teenager has suffered recurring hamstring injuries that have hampered his progress, however there is no doubt that this could be his breakthrough year if he can achieve full fitness.

Freddie Woodman

Son of former Toon goalkeeping coach Andy, 18-year-old Freddie Woodman has been touted as the eventual successor to current first-team keeper Tim Krul.

The England Under-19 is currently on loan at League Two side Crawley Town, where he has kept three clean sheets in his nine league appearances.

It may be a few years until Woodman gains the necessary experience to make his Newcastle debut, but expect him to hit the ground running when his time comes.

Jamaal Lascelles

Snapped up from Nottingham Forest in August 2014, 21-year-old Jamaal Lascelles was immediately loaned back to his former club for the season, featuring 24 times for The Reds.

The 6ft 2in centre-back has made two League Cup appearances this year for Newcastle and with fellow defenders, captain Fabricio Coloccini (33), Mike Williamson (31) and Steven Taylor (29) all in the latter stages of their careers, Lascelles could well be a regular on Tyneside within the next two seasons.

Ivan Toney

With 13 goals in 60 senior games for Northampton Town, promising striker Ivan Toney was snapped up for £500k this summer by Newcastle - as reported by the Chronicle.

Although it was initially believed he would be loaned out immediately, the 19-year-old has impressed Steve McClaren with his performances for the club's Under-21 side. As well as a cameo in the League Cup, Toney made his Premier League bow against Chelsea on the weekend as an 85th minute substitute and was given a warm reception from the Geordie faithful.

Toney will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s low key signing, Ayoze Perez, in grabbing his chance to make an instant impact at St. James’ Park when many saw him as one for the future.

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