A couple of weeks ago, Craig Hope with the Mail reported that three youngsters would be added to first-team training to add depth to the squad for the remainder of this season.
Hope named Tom Allan, Jack Young, and Elliot Anderson as the youngsters in line for the call-up.
Well, it turns out that Hope was partly right in his assertion as Newcastle have announced that five players have been drafted into first-team training.
Jack Young– promising young midfielder
However, goalkeeper Dan Langley has been named instead of Elliot Anderson. As previously reported, both Kelland Watts and Dan Barlaser have also joined the squad after successful loan spells.
? @Tom_Allan99, @barlaser_97, Dan Langley, @KellWatts1 and Jack Young – along with first team coach @steveharper37 – spoke to NUFC TV today after the five youngsters were called up to train with the first team for the remainder of the season. #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 17, 2020
The addition of the 19-year-old Langley could be due to Rob Elliot’s possible departure on June 30th when his contract runs out. We’ve yet to hear of a short-term extension to the end of the season for the 34-year-old.
Newcastle made the following statement in the announcement of the five players joining the squad:
While their involvement with Bruce’s group is largely with a view to them staking their claim for future campaigns, some of the youngsters could yet come into contention this season.
Of the five, only Dan Barlaser is ineligible to feature this season.
Kelland Watts, despite playing on loan at both Stevenage and Macclesfield, is eligible after the Premier League relaxed the rule for the number of teams a player can play for this season.
All five of the young Magpies are local lads, so this is an excellent move by Steve Bruce.