Newcastle have been linked with quite a few teenagers lately as they may look to add to their development ranks this winter. Recently there’s been reports that Newcastle are tracking Portuguese 16-year-old Matchoi Djalo as well as Carlisle’s 17-year-old center-back Jarrad Branthwaite.
But there’s been much more than just those two over the past few months. Our hope is that Newcastle start to bring in a few youngsters to help strengthen the Academy.
During their Q&A yesterday, the Athletic’s Chris Waugh was asked explicitly about buying some 17-20 year-olds for the Academy. Chris confirmed that some money has been set aside for the development squad.
Newcastle have set money aside to sign players for their development squad, and I know they’ve been watching a few youngsters in England, Scotland, and France, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they made a move either in January or the summer for some of those.
It seems that the number of youngsters that Newcastle have been tracking has risen over the past few months, so hopefully, we can get some in this January.
Bruce has stated that he wants more players in the reserves that are close to the first team. So it could very well be a strategy to get some of these teenagers in over the next few transfer windows.
We think it would be a sound policy to bring in at least 3-4 top youngsters every year. It was even a plan that Kevin Keegan endorsed this past September as the best way for Newcastle to progress going forward. This is part of what Keegan had to say:
“I think this time it has to start with youngsters coming through again. It has to be a different way.
“You won’t get big-name players to Newcastle because the really big ones will now go to Man United, Man City or Liverpool, Tottenham or Arsenal or Chelsea, and then after that you are pitching in with the others.”
This summer the club brought in three free-agents in Ludwig Francillette, Kyle Scott, and Jake Turner for the Under-23s. However, we would like to see a lot more come in over the next few windows.