Early on Sunday, the Chronicle did a report about how Steve Bruce wants more say in the direction of Newcastle’s Academy.
The report came in the wake of Neil Redfearn’s resignation as the Under-23 head coach. One aspect that Bruce wishes to have a more prominent role in is the hiring of Redfearn’s successor.
Steve Bruce’s current assistant manager, Steve Clemence, was the reserve manager while Steve Bruce was at Hull City. Bruce would like to have a similar relationship with the next Under-23 manager at Newcastle.
Incidentally, it was under Bruce and Clemence that current Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen was brought to Hull City as a 17-year-old free agent.
According to the Chronicle, Steve Bruce would like to see around four to five Under-23 players pushing for a place in the first-team at any given time. The report names only two players who are in that category currently.
Lewis Cass– made the bench at Fulham last year
They are defender Lewis Cass and forward Thomas Allan. Both players are featuring heavily for the Under-23s this term as they did last year under Ben Dawson.
Nineteen-year-old Cass famously made the bench the final game of last year when Newcastle defeated Fulham 0-4 at Craven Cottage. Making that trip as well was 20-year-old defender Kelland Watts who is currently on loan at Stevenage.
Cass has played 11 times for the Under-23s, dividing his time between right-back and center-back. The North Shields lad has captained the side on occasion this season as well.
Twenty-year-old Thomas Allan made the trip to the Premier League Asia Trophy this past July. He also joined the first-team when they returned to training on July 4th.
Allan, who was born in Newcastle, has scored 4 goals in 11 appearances this season.
While we think these lads are years away from making an impact in the first team, they are both local lads who are making progress through the ranks.
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