Newcastle United: James Huntley spotted training with senior squad
Newcastle United U21 midfielder James Huntley has been spotted training with the senior squad ahead of their game against Wolves in the Premier League.
The Lowdown: Huntley profiled
Huntley is an exciting and well-rounded midfielder who has played 50 times for Newcastle at U18 and U21 level, scoring four goals and making a further four assists (Transfermarkt).
The 19-year-old has never made a first-team appearance at St. James’ Park however, so is yet to really be seen in action by the masses on Tyneside.
That could be about to change over the weekend…
The Latest: Spotted
As per The Shields Gazette, Huntley was spotted training with the first team for the first time ahead of their match at home to Wolves over the weekend.
He follows the likes of youngsters Lewis Miley and Jamie Miley to have recently trained at Darsley Park, as Eddie Howe regularly looks into the U21s to make up the numbers when two full XIs play each other in training games.
The Verdict: Unlikely to make squad
While Huntley has trained with the seniors, it is unlikely that he will make the final cut for the 20-man squad against Wolves.
Howe already has the more experienced heads of Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock that he can call upon in the centre of midfield, although Joelinton is suspended.
This may open the door for Huntley, but we will have to wait to see whether he makes the squad on Sunday afternoon.