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Report – Newcastle Keeping An Eye On Hull City Youngster

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.

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79 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Bruce Oot!!!

  • G

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Just get shot of Bruce, have MA and LC shot by firing squad, get a decent owner and manager and then lets look at squad improvement.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I second that

  • Optimistic prime

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Loan a experienced quality CB out, to take a young unexperienced CB in on loan.

    The only surprise is Bruce isn’t trying to loan Jaap Stamp

  • Optimistic prime

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Be signing Carrick in midfield too

  • G

    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m totally fed up now with watching my side not be able to string passes together, not being able to dictate play, only being able to react to opposition attacks rather than assert any ourself. Bruce has to go. If we were allowed back inside SJP I’d be throwing the entire greengrocers barrow at the technical area. Bruce has no honour ir he would have walked himself by now.

  • JohnJ

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I must admit a very disappointing result for NUFC today!

    I did feel that Newcastle could have taken a point from this game but alas it was not to be!

    So it’s Arsenal in the CUP next and you know what I’d rather they got beat in the cup and won three points in the league and that sums up my ambition for Newcastle United at this time. Retaining our status in the Premier League!!!

  • captainmarvel

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Gazza was 17 when he played in the first team and was amazing..
    We have way too many “youngsters” older than that in the second team (and the first team), who are simply not the standard required for a premiership side. We need class and quality coming through, not dross…
    No wonder we are where we are!

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Hi, I’m new here.

    Could anyone tell me what a ‘Joelinton’ is please?

    I’ve tried typing it in to the googleweb and apparently it’s a footballer. I only ask as I’ve recently built a flatpack wardrobe and there’s one bit of chipboard left that doesn’t appear to fit anywhere. The instructions manual refers to the ‘Joelinton’ so I can only assume this is the spare plank, but I have no idea where it goes.

    Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    The Premier League are Lambs to the slaughter.

  • Mund

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11


    Welcome to the blog and to answer your question? I have no idea either 😉

  • Mund

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s hope so OLG but I’m worried the pandemic will have a major effect on time scale for the legal case. The PL will delay at every turn but with the pandemic included it could be a lot longer.

    Let’s hope for damage limitations with Bruce as he will be steering the ship a while longer

  • Romford mag

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Rodzilla’s from the future , he should already know the answer 😉

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Thanks Mund, your input is appreciated. I think I might just burn it.

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Romford, unfortunately my time machine went in for a service last April (2132) and due to the latest asteroid shower I’m unable to leave my warp shield.

  • Not another deJong

    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #17

    I hate it when that happens !

  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #18
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #19

    MOTD were no help with that penalty, choose not to look at it, probably cos it should have been given!

    That young lady knows her stuff though and picked out one important factor in our play that’s lacking and that is a real in the box scorer.

    Three quality crosses were begging for someone to be in position for a tap in but none of our lads were savvy enough to get in and do it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #20

    These youngsters come to as players with real potential but somewhere along the line their ability seems to get sucked out of them. A sort of ability exsanguination, wonder if our BGO has some sort of machine that drains them and turns the fluids into money.

  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #21
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #22

    As for blaming Jonjo for the second goal there was enough defenders back that could have and should have covered the breakaway, he did try to get back but Tielemans is bloody fast.

  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #23
  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #24
  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #25
  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #26
  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #27
  • Romford mag

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #28


    Good night all 🙂

  • Macas

    Jan 4, 2021 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Bill – Shelvey gets the blame for everything on here. I thought it was a bit harsh regarding the second goal. He tried to nick it from Tielemans but he got away from him, and once you are caught out facing the wrong way it’s always going to be hard to catch up with play again. He did try to run back, and didn’t seem to be to just be jogging, he just didn’t have the pace to get there in time.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #30


    Well said, that’s one of the few sensible comments I’ve seen on here about him.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Anyway even night owls need to sleep, so Gd’Night Macas and all of the lurkers.

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #32

    So what’s the craic about needing to sign a striker when we’ve got Andy Carroll?

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Good day, good night all.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 4, 2021 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Against Leicester we generally kept our shape, threw in tackles and strung passes. Even our midfield was reasonably tight except for the 20 minutes after halftime. Too bad that give-and-go between Almirón and Wilson didn’t work; score sheet would have been different otherwise.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 4, 2021 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #35

    Obviously criticism from fans is very often way over the top. It’s what fans do, they lose their shit, but there is very often cause for complaint.

    Shelvey for example is a good footballer, but the question is more how is he faring against his opponent and how much is he contributing to the overall performance of the side.

    Same for any player. Players like Shelvey, Hendrick, Sean Longstaff, Matty inevitably, will get stick because we lose the midfield battle more often than win it.

    We aren’t losing it because we have better players in there, we’re losing it because we have marginally worse, and are marginally worse set up and sent out.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 4, 2021 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #36

    Both Matty and Shelvey are more suited farther up the pitch not right in front of the back line. Matty is too lightweight to be a solid DMF. Shelvey doesn’t want to tackle. Nor is he fast enough to retreat quickly and break up passes. We pretty much threw away an otherwise competitive game by introducing Shelvey in a hope to pull back and sneak out a point.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 4, 2021 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #37

    The Longstaffs, and especially Matty’s, lack of pace was totally exposed for thei first goal when they both got nowhere near the runner.

    And neither of them, knowing the guy was well ahead and running towards goal, looked across to see if they could take mark the inevitable Leicester players coming up in support.

    Result – Maddison was left alone to score.

    I’m fed up of saying it, but we have a Champo midfield and the bigging up of Matty especially will get us nowhere.

    Hayden missing meant we never laid a tackle in midfield and that’s why I wouldn’t be against Choudhury coming in as support or back up to Hayden.


    We absolutely desperately need a CM who can make forward runs.

    Absolutely desperately.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 4, 2021 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Good that Bruce is paying attention to the Academy.
    They could be the first team by the time we’re in the Championship.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2021 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Aye Bill’s, the Soumare money should be stashed away somewhere. We could always use that to buy one.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 4, 2021 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Worried now.
    I think the spectre of relegation has been held back up to now, because of the 3-4 teams floundering at the bottom and our fortunate early season accumulation of points.
    But upturn in form from some of them, coinciding with our anticipated low point haul from a more difficult run of games..
    And we are sinking now.
    Predictable, and predicted.

    A result against Sheff U is vital now.


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