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This Is Where Bruce Can Help Newcastle For Years To Come

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.

14 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Whatever happened to that DJ in Dubai ?

    He was extremely popular a few weeks ago. We got a new article every time he tweeted.

    What’s he up to these days ? Haha

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure anyone can be blamed for the likes of Kadar and Vukic they just turned out to be not that great, the attrition on even the best youngsters is high. What I would question is the club’s ability to harvest players from the region effectively without them slipping through our grasp and ending up on the books of other clubs and doing well. Not sure if it’s our scouting or the wheelie bins that put them off playing here.

  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Off topic but I was reading this on BBC – although I can’t stick the little weasel it’s hard to argue with his selection!

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    The defacto spokesman for Bzg ? Aye him.

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Not be confused with the dentist.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Despite the appointment of Bruce being the latest in a very long line of 2 fingered salutes at the fans, once the whistle blows I still want us to win and individuals like Joelinton and Almiron to do well.

    Bruce is famed for his long ball approach, poor player injury records, lack of tactical know how and any form of a plan B and a staggeringly bad -133 GD. Finishing 15th will be a massive achievement in Bruce’s eyes. It is a sign of how far the club has fallen under Ashley.

    We all know the ITK’s have spouted BS for so long but ironically crowds dropping organically without the need for boycotts could yet be our best hope for change.

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Well he was never gonna leave Shearer out because that would confirm be on reasonable doubt what a bitter kernt he is. I’m actually surprised he never selected himself. Haha

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8


    It’s quite easy to argue with his selection.

    Beckham as a wing back, lol.

    The mid 3 he selected is also amusing, they couldn’t play togther in real life but he stuck them in anyway.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes it was all fun watching the blog stand gawping and gasping in amazement and appreciation at every word coming out of a collective of mismatched miscreants utterings. Dentists, lawyers, DJ’s, dustmen ha ha we had them.all and they were like the shooters on market stall ” I’m.not asking £50 not even £20 no missus just a tenner – what? Too much, you say ok well wot about a fiver then? And for that you’ll get two!” Etc… With the blog collectively waving their fivers and jostling for the front 🙂

  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Belfast @7 – Reading the comments a lot of people suggesting Beckham would be too weak defensively and playing Gary Neville at wing back and replacing Gerrard with Beckham but I’m not so sure?

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Seriously though, Is the DJ bloke ok ?

    I’m thinking midnight express ll might be on the cards here.

  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki @9 – It’s easy with the benefit of 20 : 20 hindsight to crow about it now but I think most of us were so desperate for Ashley to go we wanted it to be true even though we knew deep down it probably wasn’t!

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #13

    I must admit I would have bet my house on being sold at this point! Completely fooled me!

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    As we said yesterday nufc 83, we need a buyer who badly wants us and is willing to overpay a little. Anything else is just hope and conjecture.


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