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Newcastle: Eddie Howe could unearth the new Chris Waddle in Joe White

While Newcastle United do boast a fine history of producing exceptionally talented players, with the likes of Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne having come through the youth setup at St. James’ Park, it would not be an unfair statement to make that the Magpies’ production line has tailed off somewhat in recent years.

Indeed, while the likes of Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff and Freddie Woodman are players who would appear to have a bright future in the game, not since Andy Carroll made his first-team debut back in 2006 has there been a nationwide level of excitement regarding a product of the Magpies’ academy.

However, that could be about to change, as 19-year-old attacking midfielder Joe White has been generating a great deal of attention.

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Indeed, after handing the teenager a second-half appearance in a 2-0 win over Burton Albion back in August 2021, Steve Bruce appeared to be extremely excited about the potential of White, stating of the forward-thinking midfielder:

“He caught the eye, didn’t he? We brought him up about 18 months ago before [the pandemic] and he quietly impressed us. And, all of a sudden, they grow all of a sudden, find a yard of pace and look bigger and stronger. And he’s certainly done that. Over the last couple of games, in particular, I’ve been very, very pleased with what I’ve seen.”

However, it not only the 61-year-old impressed with the talent of the youngster, as Eddie Howe opted to hand White a new deal in January of this year, amid reported interest from Chelsea, Leeds United, Celtic and Rangers, with the 44-year-old going on to say of the midfielder:

“With Joe White, I’ve been very impressed. I saw him playing for the development squad recently, and he performed really well. He’s a talented player.”

Following the signing of his new contract, the 19-year-old was sent on loan to further his development at League Two side Hartlepool United in the January transfer window, where the teenager has already made his mark on Graeme Lee’s side, registering two assists over his seven league outings thus far.

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This creativity in the final third is something that has been apparent throughout White’s progression in the youth ranks in the North East, with the attacking midfielder having scored eight goals and provided nine assists over his 33 appearances for the U18s, as well as bagging two goals and four assists over 30 outings for the U21s.

And, while it is still extremely early days in White’s career, should he continue this level of creativity in senior football, he could very well go on to become Newcastle’s new Chris Waddle – the attacking midfielder who scored 52 goals over his five-year spell with the Magpies at the start of his own career.

Indeed, Newcastle supporters should be very excited about the 19-year-old who Howe dubbed a “very good technical player” with a “bright future” – as he could quite easily become the next big thing to come out of the North East.

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