Alex Gilliead could return from Bradford City eyeing Newcastle first-team place next season

Luton Town's Alex Gilliead

The 20-year-old Newcastle United starlet will spend the rest of the season in Yorkshire.

If Adam Armstrong is the most likely to make the step up from the Tyneside terraces to Newcastle United’s first-team Alex Gilliead must be a very close second.

The fleet-footed winger enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Luton Town in the first half of the season and, according to HITC sources, will serve the second part of his apprenticeship at a slightly higher level with Bradford City in League One.

Alex Gilliead - Newcastle United

At 20 years of age, time is very much on Gilliead’s side, and with manager Rafa Benitez hoping to build a legacy at St. James’ Park he will be well aware of the need to embrace the club’s often untouched academy.

In fact, the last Newcastle player to make the step up from the junior ranks to the senior squad was left-back Paul Dummett, debuting all the way back in 2011.

Since then, the likes of Rolando Aarons, Jak Alnwick and the aforementioned Armstrong (below), a clinical finisher who scored 20 on loan at Coventry last season, have threatened to break the mould though, for one reason or another, found their route into the first-team blocked.

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

Yet, with Yoan Gouffran’s future still uncertain, no new deal has yet been signed, and Christian Atsu unlikely to earn a permanent deal, there could be a space opening up on the left of Newcastle’s midfield next season.

If Gilliead maintains his impressive progress under Stuart McCall at Bradford, Newcastle fans may finally have another a player to call their own next season.

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