Newcastle United have a number of very talented young players in their ranks that should blossom in time.
The season-ending injury suffered by Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul means 18-year-old stopper Freddie Woodman has been recalled early from his loan spell at Crawley Town, but the exciting youngster is just one on an exciting list of such players at St James’ Park right now.
Woodman may get the chance to impress before some of the others but make no mistake, while things are looking pretty bleak for the Magpies right now, the future could be a whole lot brighter.
Woodman is rated as one of the best young ‘keepers in the game and after a fine, albeit brief, loan spell he now has the chance to challenge Rob Elliot for the gloves at Newcastle, but what of the others who could one day join him as first-team regulars?
Rolando Aarons is already pretty much there, although the 19-year-old winger is being used sparingly by Newcastle manager Steve McClaren and deserves more chances in the near future.
Then there is 18-year-old Adam Armstrong, a striker who is in sensational form for loan club Coventry City having scored eight goals in just nine appearances to date this season.
He may be young, but Armstrong has what it takes to ultimately become a goal-scoring great for Newcastle and 19-year-old Ivan Toney could be playing alongside him for years to come.
When you consider that summer signings Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic are both only 21, Newcastle are in possession of the players who could form the bedrock of a very successful team a few years down the line.
The trick is to get the more senior stars performing for now and ensure they quickly climb away from the relegation zone; but in a year or two, things could be very different at St James’ Park.