Newcastle United have rejected loan offers as plan to improve youth set-up takes shape
Newcastle United rejected several loan offers for Under-21 talent over the summer as they looked to improve the club’s youth set-up. The Magpies have struggled with underperforming reserve and academy teams in recent years, but have bolstered their ranks in recent months with some top-class teenager additions.
Newcastle hope to build a strong base of young talent and keep them at the club, allowing them to follow a path to the first team. The likes of Jay Turner-Cooke, Matty Bondswell and Michael Ndiweni are players who have attracted interest from the lower leagues in England and other countries over the summer.
On the senior side, Elliot Anderson’s impressive performances in pre-season saw Eddie Howe keep the 19-year-old at Newcastle despite more than a dozen clubs eyeing his signature.
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Chronicle Live reported earlier this summer that many offers for Lucas De Bolle had been turned down by Newcastle. The club ultimately opted to wait until the last day of the window before sanctioning his temporary exit.
Kell Watts, currently injured, was a player cleared from Tyneside for Peterborough until January, while Matty Longstaff also joined Colchester until the winter window.
The aim this season is to assess Newcastle’s young talents before making a decision on their future. Newcastle are also keen to improve their performance in Premier League 2 Division 2.
Highly rated youngsters were brought to the northeast hoping to do just that. Charlie McArthur and Alex Murphy are two defenders arriving with high reputations due to their exploits in Scotland and Ireland respectively.
Jordan Hackett was poached after his release from Tottenham, while Jude Smith was signed after impressing north of the border. Santiago Munoz and Dylan Stephenson are also expected to have a bright future.
Newcastle were interested in former Southampton sensation Tyler Dibling, who spent a brief spell at Chelsea in the summer. The Magpies also wanted to secure a West Ham deal for 20-year-old Harrison Ashby on deadline day.
Newcastle’s Under-21 side lost their first Papa John Trophy clash earlier this week and have had a rocky start to their league campaign in recent weeks. The hope is that by keeping some of the best talent at the club for the next few months, fortunes will change.
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