Newcastle United now have four quality youngsters that can have a real impact on the team.
Newcastle United are in a unique situation as they are blessed with some young talent that can influence matches and carry the team this season. The Magpies’ front office has made it clear that they want to purchase quality players under the age of 26 and they have delivered in that regard.
Most Premier League teams have one or two players they consider to be rising stars, but the Toon now have four youngsters who are capable of starting every match and can be the club’s top players every weekend. When playing youngsters in crucial positions fans can expect a learning curve every now and then, but this Newcastle United squad can do something special this season despite all the pessimism surrounding the club since Rafa Benitez left in June.
Joelinton is yet to make to his Premier League debut with the Magpies, but the club’s record signing (£40m) has shown just how dynamic he can be with the ball at his feet in Brazil, Austria and Germany. As one of the most expensive signings in England – outside the top six – Joelinton is ready to take the Top Flight by storm.
Miguel Almiron (25)
Since making his debut in February, Miguel Almiron has proven that he is one of the most influential players in the Premier League. Almiron transformed Newcastle United into an attack-minded team and his ability to create several chances for his teammates on a frequent basis in every match makes him a handful for defenders. One can only imagine the chemistry he will form with fellow South American Joelinton this season.
Sean Longstaff (21)
It is fair to say that no one saw the emergence of Sean Longstaff coming, but we sure are glad he was given a chance to put his skills on display back in December. The youngster played with composure when the ball was at his feet and defended aggressively to disrupt opposing counter-attacks in the middle of the park. Manchester United are desperate for his services, but Longstaff is a key player in Steve Bruce’s eyes and this will surely boost Longstaff’s confidence heading into the new season.
Isaac Hayden (24)
Isaac Hayden has been the most pleasant surprise on Tyneside as he is finally tapping into his full potential. Hayden’s dedication to recovering the ball in critical areas in midfield enables the Magpies to attack more frequently while covering less ground. His willingness to get involved in the attack also applies more pressure to opposing back-lines. Hayden is capable of starting most matches for Newcastle United, but even if Steve Bruce taps Jonjo Shelvey as his main central midfielder, Hayden will be a quality back-up in the rotation.