While much of the attention this month will be paid to who Steve Bruce can bring in to improve the first-team, Newcastle have done a fairly decent job of strengthening the Academy over the past few windows.
Last January, the club added teenage midfielders Reagan Thomson and Stan Flaherty in addition to the three loan signings for the first team. Flaherty has been particularly impressive for the U23s this term with some outstanding goals.
This past summer Newcastle also added Rodrigo Vilca, Bradley Cross, and Niall Brookwell to Chris Hogg’s side. The trio have featured quite a bit for Newcastle’s second team. So another couple of youth signings could be in the cards for this month.
The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle are keeping a close eye on Hull City center-back Jacob Greaves. The 20-year-old has 13 appearances for Hull this season as they look to bounce back to the Championship.
The Hull Academy product spent last season on loan with League Two’s Cheltenham where he made 35 appearances. He’s made the step up with 11 starts in League One for the second-placed Tigers.
Newcastle have a few promising center-backs in Kelland Watts, currently on loan with Plymouth, and the aforementioned Cross. Our youngest first-team center-back is Jamaal Lascelles at 27, so adding another young center-back in this window for the future would make sense.