Since Neil Redfearn resigned as Newcastle’s under-23 manager, Steve Bruce has made it known that he wants more of a say in the direction of the Academy.
He recently recruited former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper to serve as a link between the Academy and the first-team. Bruce also wants the club to bring in a reserves head coach that he can work with closely.
The plan is to have two to three youngsters pushing for the first-team at any given moment. Right now, there really isn’t anyone at the under-23 level who would fit that description.
We’ve also been linked with quite a few youngsters recently as Newcastle have funds set aside to bring in some quality players in 16-19 age range.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Newcastle had a bid for Scottish teenager Reagan Thomson rejected. Newcastle have been linked with the 16-year-old since October but face competition for the midfielder from Rangers who also had a bid rejected.
One player that Newcastle haven’t been linked with but has ties to Steve Bruce is Aston Villa forward Indiana Vassilev.
Indiana Vassilev– signed for Aston Villa under Bruce
After impressing Aston Villa scouts at the 2017 U-17s World Cup, they brought him in from the IMG Academy located in Bradenton Florida in 2017. The 18-year-old has been phenomenal this season for the Villa U-23 team.
Vassilev, who was born in Savannah Georgia, has 4 goals and 2 assists in Premier League 2 action this season. He is a United States U-17 international whose parents came to the United States from Bulgaria in the 1990s.
He can play on either wing, as an attacking midfielder, or center-forward. We think he would be a decent player to take a look at. With him having joined Aston Villa when Steve Bruce was the manager, Bruce will know all about him.
We also love his name so that’s another good reason to bring the youngster in. 🙂