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Bruce Calls Up Young Forward To First-Team Training

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.

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186 comments so far

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1


    I remember being at the “cockney mafia out banner” game years ago, atmosphere was toxic that game – with a few drinks inside everyone on a friday night, could be similar again should leeds get an early goal.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 14, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Bruce seems to think putting them on the bench should be some kind of badge of honour

    Actually give them a game and see how they do if you aren’t going to play Gayle then play the young one up front till WIlson is back fit no pressure just do what you do

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    This is revolutionary management from Bruce, we can actually see in real-time how his managerial prowess is evolving into something far larger than his cabbage bonce.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I honestly don’t think Rafa being top of the league with two free signing ex players is going to help dissipate any of the anger that’s been building up.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    So why is Bruce calling up a youngin if he thinks we have enough cover up top?

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Fraud and a charlatan at the helm, will he go down with the ship or head for the lifeboats?

  • one fine day

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone who hasn’t seen it Google Leicester’s new training complex ….when Ashley got us they were in league one.
    Ours in contrast looks like we are in …well you know where I’m going.

  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Going on Friday. 1st time since Norwich atvhome (2020), that was a poor game but a good afternoon out.

    Am sick of Bruce. But will see how we play on Friday evening.

    Would prefer asm on the wing (more effective) and try gayle since he is our only real forward, but the thing that is so painful to watch is the subs. They’re all mostly useless and rarely effect a game (fraser aside). We only cover injuries and slight knocks (comical but true)

    Bruce when it’s not working does like for like subs. The opposition. Have very little to worry about. As we always play the same way.

    Its that bad, it often feels like he’s trying to get sacked with multiple awful decisions.

    He has no effinity with the fans. Is rude, overly aggressive and a terrible club spokesman.

    He’s quickly approaching 100 games. Yes he might feel our squad is weak but you never say that publically (he does) but it’s up to him to get the best out of them. In this regard he is a complete failure. He has no effect on our game style. Clueless.

    The team can play well. Sadly it’s an unbelievely rare event.

    Hope we do well. But anticipate a poor showing.

  • martoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    As Mund is not here has anybody seen this

    I don’t normally give them much credence but this is from Keith Patterson!

  • one fine day

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Think it will play out a bit like the Costa Concordia with Bruce doing a press conference (denying it was his fault / maps were wrong /local press/skipper of a Spanish trawler nearby etc )in his hotel robe from a seaside guest house while divers are still searching the submerged wreck

  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11


    (poor spelling, soz)

  • geordie157

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently after offloading Carroll, Muto and Atsu we were well stacked with attacking options. Well Ashley and Bruce, Carroll would walk into the starting xi right now, literally.

    If White, Stephenson and Anderson are on the bench, then give them a chance and not 5 minutes right at the end. 3 players who will give their all, play with enthusiasm, will mistakes sure but playing them gives us fans something to cheer.

    Despite him doing OK recently stop playing Joelinton as a 9, play him left of Gayle and Saint-Maximin right.

    Either 523 or 433 or 4231 with Willock, Anderson or Almiron starting in the 10 role.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13


    I’m not sure what to make of all that, I’ve long believed ever since Keith handed the case over to Ashley, that was him then out of the loop. They wouldn’t need to be informing him of developments as he’s no longer part of the case. I also don’t know why he’d then become somebody that news is given to to share with people. In his replies to some comments under that post, he starts to sound like all the other ‘itks’ on twitter. Talking about the Indian buyer sending jets to London and then to Newcastle later this week. Talking about a potential 3rd party being in for us and a sale to someone expected in weeks.

    I admire what Keith done in terms of the CAT case, but the moment it was handed to Ashley I think he was left out of the loop and he feels a bit frustrated and a bit betrayed. It feels like he’s just sharing rumours like everyone else at this stage. I admire what he’s done but I don’t think he holds any extra weight in terms of news over anyone else anymore.

  • one fine day

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Sadly I think a large pinch of salt on Keith these days .
    He is close to Ashley and even said he was working close with the club .
    Love to be wrong but it’s odd that as soon as Twitter starts getting toxic building towards protests against Ashley the takeover imminent stuff gets shipped around .

  • WLtoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    I doubt Bruce will ever walk, even if, 2 months down the line we are rock bottom he will blame everyone but himself and dig his heels in.
    Ashley will have to sack him, or we are screwed, will he do that?
    I doubt he will, Bruceless is perfect for Ashley, the perfect patsy, yes man, someone who will take all the flak away from his shambolic running of the club.
    If we do pull off a win on Friday then Bruce will be here until Xmas, What a sobering thought.
    Another defeat won`t harm us this early doors as long as there is a toxic atmosphere to let Bruceless know exactly what the crack is.
    Come on ST holders, lay into Bruce on Friday, it`s the first real chance you have had to really give him it large.
    If Villa can do it, so can you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    It wouldn’t be like the club to leak via KP news of an impending deal days before potentially the most toxic atmosphere in 40 odd years live on Friday night TV. On the same day as Churnley Darn Sarf tries to tell us this mess isn’t anyone’s fault and we should get behind Bruce 🙄

  • WLtoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    We have went from one extreme to another in the space of 2 months. Hope and dreams of having rich new owners, and maybe some success, to being left with the shambles we have now with no direction and possible relegation again.
    History tells me it was always going to end in the latter, we are never THAT lucky.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #18

    tedious (TDS)

    just got it !!!

  • one fine day

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Exactly !

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Keith is spoon fed information by Justin Barnes to suit the clubs pretentions. Giving over the legal case has led him to believe he has now got an inside channel, whilst not realising he is being exploited as a patsy by the club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21

    A crying shame but that’s certainly what it looks like.

  • Romford mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope the young lad gets some minutes on the pitch !

  • WLtoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #23


    Its embarrassing really, we have wheelie bins for ice baths, then you look at that

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #24

    I genuinely don’t think Keith has any interaction with the club. I think he no longer has any real/true information but wants to come across like he does and remain relevant with the fans. Look at what he’s saying at the moment. He’s talking about planes, a deal imminent and other bidders. Who else does that? Random twitter itk’s who want to remain relevant and get attention. He’s sadly just turning into one of those.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #25

    If that story gains any traction in the local press it’s going to make things even worse.
    “Behave yourselves there’s important people at the game”
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley’s favourite curry shop owner is given a very expensive suit and invited to the game to sit with Lee Churnley.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #26

    In regard to the article, have the training bubbles now been abandoned?
    As they actually seemed to have a negative effect on Anderson last season.


    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Would have loved to have gone to the game on Friday night to voice my displeasure but I am coulrophobic so until Bruce goes I won’t.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Excellent ” favourite curry shop owner”
    and probably quite true.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    TDSarf is every bit as bad as Bruce, the man he is telling us to get behind when it comes to talking the club down.
    “ASM and Almiron would be at top six clubs if they had better end product”
    With a decent manager and the right sensible investment we could be that club. We can’t blame Ashley for the mess, Jeezus wept.

  • martoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Ok thanks guys – in that case I’ll treat it like all the rest – absolute bollix!

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Under a better manager, Almiron and even Longstaff were being linked with ‘top 6’ clubs like Athletic Madrid and Manure. It’s not hard to think that both Almiron and ASM could improve and be chased by top clubs if they were being coached and managed under someone better. Look at how well Townsend and Gray are doing, I bet nobody thought they could make it in even a mid table club anymore, let alone a club playing superb, on the up and currently sitting in 4th on joint points with the 3 teams above them. It’s amazing what a good manager can do to players.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    *Atletico Madrid

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Keith P will be aware of Ashley’s shenanigans. It’s effectively info on Ashley’s whereabouts by the look of it, might have a contact in Ashley’s transport team. Aye, pinch of salt muchness.

    It might be Ashley coming to the match to get some verbal coz he’s some kind on sadist 😆

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #35

    For me it felt like the time to properly protest was the West Ham game that was the chance to make a statement first game of the season live on Sky:

    Protest against the premier league for the takeover
    Protest against Ashley for the shambles of the club
    Protest against Bruce

    The stadium was packed with give us a wave Brucey what chance have you really got of making a stand?!? Pathetic

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #36


    Would be willing to bet that Gray and Townsend get far more goals and assists than ASM, Joelinton and Almiron combined this season

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #37


    I think that’s a pretty safe bet!

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38


    I appreciate your calm delivery of the Twitter snippet with a little extra info giving me the option whether I have a gander at it or not, respect.

  • toon22

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #39

    I’d guess the bulk of the people in the ground won’t have the first clue about the current sale lie
    Or whatever BS that’s currently being peddled

    They will know about the results, and how we play
    They will know about the lack of investment

  • toon22

    Sep 14, 2021 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Going off the clowns last presser the pressure is building
    Seems like the clubs trying to force him out don’t it
    Like we’re so skint we can’t sack a guy who seems certain to relegate us

    The club dragging out another sale lie has worked great for years but eventually all it will do is kill what little interest people have in the club or what they say

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