Neil Redfearn and the Newcastle U23s got off to a rough start this season losing their first 3 games. They were able to win their first game against Fulham on Friday 2-1 with a brace from Tom Allan.
This win brought them out of the bottom position and above Sunderland in Division 2 of the U23s. Hopefully, it will be a sign of some improved performances from the youngsters.
Neil Redfearn has spoken to the Chronicle about the start of the season and what some of the issues have been:
“We are a bit stretched at the moment because last season losing 10 players is a lot.
“Part of it is success as well, with the likes of Elias out on loan at Carlisle, and Kelland at Stevenage and Gippa at Grimsby.
“They are getting good experience, but they were mainstays in the side last season, and like I say the younger guys have to step up to the plate.”
Newcastle have loaned out 20 goal scorer Elias Sorensen and defensive mainstays Kelland Watts and Liam Gibson to League 2 sides this summer. However, they have added a few to the ranks as well. Goalkeeper Jake Turner, midfielder Kyle Scott, and defender Ludwig Francillette have been added as free agents.
Some of the youngsters that will get their opportunities in the U23 will be 18-year-old striker Yannick Toure and 16-year-old midfielder Joe White. These two represent some of the best prospects at the club.
Another player in the academy who is making waves is Lee Clark’s 14-year-old son Bobby. Bobby Clark is already featuring for Ian Bogie’s U16 side this season. He will be another player to keep an eye on over the next few years.
Newcastle U23s will face Macclesfield Town this evening in the Group stage of the EFL Trophy.
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