While the Longstaff brothers have yet to really stamp their mark at Newcastle United, the club may already have their next breakout star in 18-year-old starlet Dylan Stephenson.
Able to play anywhere across the front-line, but at his most lethal through the middle, Stephenson has already the caught eye at academy level, with the club’s U18 manager, Neil Winskill, left raving about him following a hat-trick against Leeds United in the FA Youth Cup late last season.
He said: “I’m thrilled for Dylan because he is such an honest, hard-working lad. He’s the type of player any team would like to have in their XI, who’s going to really put a shift in for you.
“Every game and training session, the physical stats come through and he’s always top of the charts but we had a chat during the week about the need for him to be consistent with his quality, and he spoke to me about how he thinks people will judge him on goals.”
As per Transfermarkt, in the 18 games that he played up front at youth level, Stephenson has scored 13 times and set up another, while in the 22 games he’s featured out wide on the right, he’s bagged on eight occasions and again set up another.
It was no surprise that the teenager was one of a few young talents who were given their first pro deal by the club, and he’s already started repaying that trust on the pitch – his five goals in three games last month has seen him nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for August.
Newcastle fans have already been quick to voice their excitement about the youngster following a fine display against Birmingham City for the club’s U23s this season, and given the lack of genuine optimism surrounding the first-team at the moment, his introduction into the senior side could bring in a breath of fresh air.
The likes of Matty and Sean Longstaff were no doubt seen as the Magpies’ hopes for the future after their breakthrough games, but neither have really asserted themselves in the first-team since then.
In Stephenson, the Tyneside club may well have their new breakout star from the academy.