With Callum Wilson likely ruled out until next month due to a thigh strain, Steve Bruce has drafted Dylan Stephenson to train with the senior squad according to The Chronicle. The 18-year-old has been on fire for the U23s so far this season with 5 goals in 5 appearances.
His exploits put him on the shortlist for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for August. He scored 5 goals in 3 August league starts. Other youngsters in contention are:
Aston Villa’s Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal’s Omari Giraud-Hutchinson, Brighton’s Evan Ferguson, Chelsea’s Harvey Vale, Manchester City’s James McAtee, Norwich’s Jonathan Tomkinson, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Dilan Markanday.
Stephenson joins both Elliot Anderson and Joe White as 18-year-old’s involved in first-team training. The Geordie teenager was handed a professional deal earlier in the summer after an impressive campaign highlighted by a first-half hat-trick against Leeds in the FA Youth in April.
Dylan has primarily played striker in the early part of this season. He was often deployed on the right for the U18s, where he also managed to find the back of the net consistently.
Stephenson is another promising youngster who has risen through the Academy in recent years. Hopefully, his call-up to the senior squad will provide him with some valuable experience and help to accelerate his development.