Steve Bruce seems to be really focused on not only strengthening the talent level at the club’s academy but also giving youngsters every opportunity to make it to the first team.
In early August, Steve Bruce promoted 16-year-old midfielder Joe White to train with the first team. He wanted to take a look at the talented youngster who was doing so well at the youth level.
He has also put his faith in 19-year-old Matty Longstaff for a first-team role at the club this season. Matty made his debut in the Carabao Cup last week, and with only four other central midfielders in the squad, the local youngster should get more opportunities as the season progresses.
Steve Bruce had this to say in the Chronicle about his interest in the youth players at the club:
“I was at the game against Man United at St James’. Any time I get the opportunity, I will watch the young ones. The thing about them is it is never really about results. It’s about bringing one or two through to the first team.
“We are fortunate we have the Longstaff brothers. They have given everybody at the Academy a lift. It just shows you. The younger Longstaff has made his first-team debut now, and I thought he was terrific.”
Newcastle have had very few players from their academy make an impact on the first-team. However, they currently have two local lads playing very well at the senior level in Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff.
Though for every Sean Longstaff, there have been far too many top prospects like Tamas Kadar and Haris Vukic who just haven’t come through for whatever reason.
It is vital that Newcastle are able to bring one or two through to the first team on a regular basis, as Steve Bruce asserts. He seems to understand this importance, and if he can play his part in giving youngsters every opportunity for success, it will set a solid foundation for the future of the club.