‘Better than Gayle’; ‘St Max regen’: 3 Newcastle youngsters to watch in 2022
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'Better than Gayle'; 'St Max regen': 3 Newcastle youngsters to watch in 2022

Newcastle United are currently in a bit of a strange predicament.

The Magpies are now arguably the richest club in world football following their long-awaited takeover.

At the same time, Newcastle are in a relegation battle, and the next few months will be tense for Toon fans.

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Now is probably not the best time to throw academy stars in at the deep end.

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Nonetheless, there are some top talents coming through the Newcastle ranks.

Once things are a bit more settled on the pitch at St James’ Park, some could potentially get time.

And who knows, in years to come, they could make the breakthrough.

Here, The Boot Room looks at 3 Newcastle academy stars to watch in 2022.

Elliot Anderson

Anderson is a 19-year-old midfielder who has been making waves at the club.

He already has two senior appearances to his name, in the Premier League and FA Cup last season.

Anderson is incredibly versatile – an attacking midfielder by trade, he has also played in defensive midfield, at No. 10, on the left flank, and up front.

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His tally at Under-23s level is superb – 16 goals and three assists from 31 appearances at age level.

Anderson scored a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest’s U23s in November, prompting Newcastle fans to sing his praises.

Anderson has sadly spent some time on the sidelines due to injury but he’s sure to get a look-in for Eddie Howe’s side in 2022.

Michael Ndiweni

Ndiweni earned a spot in The Guardian’s Next Generation 2020 feature, highlighting 20 of the best young talents at Premier League clubs.

The 18-year-old striker earned promotion to the Newcastle Under-18s a year-and-a-half ago but has very much outgrown that age group.

Ndiweni has been in sensational form this season, scoring a staggering 11 goals from just 12 appearances.

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He has also featured for the Under-23s, with one goal from two games.

Ndiweni is bound to step up into the Under-23s full time next season, and fans will be keeping tabs on his progress.

Dylan Stephenson

Stephenson is a 19-year-old striker who joined the Newcastle academy aged 14.

In those five years, he has progressed through the ranks, scoring plenty of goals and looking a cut above.

Stephenson is the joint second-highest scorer in the Premier League 2 second division, with 10 goals.

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Although Newcastle’s Under-23s lost all three EFL Trophy games this season, Stephenson shone against Mansfield.

Against senior opposition, he registered one goal and one assist – albeit in a 6-3 defeat.

Stephen is yet to play for Newcastle’s first team, but fans have long been urging the manager to call him up.

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