Newcastle had an excellent winter window adding five signings that have helped propel them out of the bottom three. The seriousness of the situation in January had the club focus solely on the senior squad.
That will not be the case this summer when the Academy will get some sorely needed attention. We can likely expect to see a number of youngsters signed to improve the club at the development level.
One player that would be a fantastic addition is West Brom’s Reyes Cleary (pictured above). The 18-year-old was first linked in March in a report from The Mail. At the time, The Baggies were trying to get their prized youngster to sign a new deal.
The interest in the young striker is immense. Newcastle, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are a few of the clubs tracking the teenager. He has bagged over 30 goals for West Brom’s U18s and U23s this season.
His exploits earned him a call-up to senior training late last year. He made his debut as a second-half substitute in West Brom’s FA Cup defeat against Brighton in early January.
Cleary has reportedly already made his decision to leave The Hawthorns when his contract expires at the end of next month. The decision was made a few months ago according to a report in Birmingham Live:
Cleary recently posted a hint on his Instagram account that his days with West Brom are coming to an end as he wrote alongside a photo of him in training, “What a journey it’s been! Thank you for everything!”
Newcastle could be a good destination for the prolific youngster. Eddie Howe has consistently called up members of the U23s to train with the first team since his arrival. A path to the senior squad seems more likely on Tyneside than with The Gunners or Bayern Munich.