Newcastle made the decision to sack Steve Bruce last month and recently named Eddie Howe as his permanent successor.
The ex-Bournemouth coach is set to take charge of his first game against Brentford in the Premier League this weekend and will be going in search of the club’s first win of the season.
They are currently 19th in the table and on five points after 11 games and have six weeks before the January window opens. This means that the head coach may need to dip into the academy side to bolster his squad in the short term if he believes he needs an injection of enthusiasm in the team.
One player who Howe could look to bring up through the ranks is 17-year-old gem Jay Turner-Cooke. The attacking midfielder could be Miguel Almiron 2.0 for the Magpies, with both players left-footed forwards able to play in the number 10 role or out wide on the right. Despite being 27, Almiron plays with youthful enthusiasm and that is what Turner-Cooke could provide given his tender age.
Newcastle snapped him up from rivals Sunderland in January, pinning him down to a three-year professional contract after a public spat with Lee Johnson’s side.
His father, John Cooke, was let go by the Black Cats earlier this year without any public message from the club despite 35 years of service from the kit man. This led to Turner-Cooke hitting out at Sunderland earlier this year.
“35 years at the club and no acknowledgement even though he was made redundant 2 months ago. COWARDS. No class, no loyalty, no respect. Hang your heads in shame Sunderland AFC. You know who you are.”
These comments should make the Toon Army who take the rivalry with Sunderland seriously fall in love with him instantly. He was willing to make the switch to St. James’ Park after berating the Black Cats and has also shown enough form on the pitch for the youth sides to suggest that he has the potential to make it in the first team further down the line.
Since arriving on Tyneside, he has scored nine goals and provided one assist in 19 games for the U23’s and U18’s combined. This includes two goals in three games for the former this season despite only being 17, which shows that he is progressing through the ranks at a rapid pace.
Therefore, Howe could unearth a new left-footed attacking midfield option, like Almiron, by offering Turner-Cooke a chance in the first-team.
He may even compete with the ex-Atlanta midfielder for his place, given their similar play styles and positions. It would then be down to the youngster to prove that he can handle the step up to senior football, but his quick progression from the U18s to the U23s suggests that it is possible.