Youngsters Elliot Anderson, Jack Young, Matty Bondswell and Dylan Stephenson trained with Newcastle United’s first-team this week with Eddie Howe keen to check out the club’s most exciting Premier League 2 talent, as reported by The Chronicle.
It’s fair to say Eddie Howe’s St James’ Park to-do list would make the magna carta look short and to the point.
Task number one; save the richest football club on planet earth from those Tuesday night trips to Preston, Millwall and Luton.
Task number two; introduce a more exciting, attractive style after two-and-a-half years of football so dull that it could be prescribed as a cure for insomnia.
And, if the opportunity arises, make better use of an academy which, the Longstaff brothers apart, has been gathering dust for far too long.
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Howe, at Bournemouth, showed that he has no qualms about throwing fresh-faced talent in at the deep end.
Lewis Cook and Callum Wilson became England internationals on the 43-year-old’s watch while Ryan Fraser, Tyrone Mings, Nathan Ake and more developed into bonafide Premier League stars on the South Coast.
And, according to reports coming out of the north east, four of Newcastle’s most talented U23 prospects already appear to have caught Howe’s eye.
Anderson, arguably the jewel in the crown of Newcastle’s academy, trained alongside the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey this week, fresh from scoring a hat-trick in a reserve-team clash with Nottingham Forest on Monday.
Anderson, who made his Premier League debut under Steve Bruce last term, has scored five times in seven games from attacking midfield this term.
Matty Bondswell, a summer recruit from RB Leipzig, was also drafted into first-team training, alongside Jack Young – who has been compared to Howe’s one-time Bournemouth maestro Cook – and the prolific Dylan Stephenson.
Stephenson has scored eight times in 12 Premier League 2 matches this season.