Now backed by mega-rich owners, Newcastle United are a far greater force in the transfer market than they were during the Mike Ashley era, having only recently secured the club-record arrival of Alexander Isak.
For all the focus on potential incomings, though, manager Eddie Howe could well save PIF millions by promoting from within, with the Magpies having a handful of emerging prospects who could well be unleashed on the first team in the near future.
One such academy talent is that of midfielder Joe White, with the 19-year-old yet to feature at senior level despite having impressed in the youth ranks, having previously scored eight goals and provided nine assists in just 33 games for the club’s under-18s.
There had even reportedly been interest in the playmaker from Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers – among others – prior to that, albeit with the Englishman subsequently quashing such speculation by signing a new long-term deal at St James’ Park in March.
While another temporary exit was mooted over the summer for the “talented” starlet – as dubbed by Howe – no such move came to fruition, ensuring that the youngster is available to be called upon by the former Bournemouth boss.
A chance in the first team should well be afforded to the attacking midfielder amid the current injury woes at the club, with Jonjo Shelvey facing an extended period on the sidelines, while January addition Bruno Guimaraes has been out of action of late.
With midfield options already limited, there should seemingly be a chance for White to stake his claim as the season progresses, with fellow academy prospect Elliot Anderson having already managed to take on a more prominent role in the early weeks of the season by making four appearances thus far.
It would certainly be a positive statement for the club’s youth department if those two academy graduates could go on to become key figures for the Tynesiders over the coming years, and it’s a mouthwatering prospect to imagine the pair running riot in midfield for Howe’s side.