Photo: Steve McClaren with Liam Gibson and Callum Williams in Newcastle training

Steve McClaren

The Newcastle boss looked focused during the club's training camp, alongside the 18 and 19-year-old talents.

Newcastle United's training camp has given the club the chance to slow things down and take everything one step at a time.

A weekend away from match action is a rarity for Premier League sides and the Magpies have chosen to do something a little different to take advantage of it.

And their foreign trip could be key to their top-flight survival - if done properly...

Indeed, Steve McClaren and co now have the chance to analyse their team closely, train them on fitness, technical skills and tactical awareness. Weaknesses can be addressed and the players can bond.

Again, though, that's if the Newcastle management know exactly what they're doing. So far this season, that clearly hasn't been the case.

Two beneficiaries of the trip, though, are 18-year-old defender Liam Gibson and 19-year-old defender Callum Williams. McClaren was pictured with the duo and the experience alongside the first team should do them a world of good.

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