Newcastle United have confirmed the signings of youngsters Kyle Scott and Jake Turner on their official website.
21-year-old Scott has represented England, Republic of Ireland and the United States of America at youth level and joins having been released by Chelsea this summer.
Turner, who is 20-years-old, has played for England at U18 and U19 level and signed from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer.
The pair are likely to go into the U23s initially, with Scott having come on in the 60th minute of a 2-0 friendly win over Rotherham United on Monday.
This continues the youth-centric approach Newcastle have taken to the summer 2019/20 transfer window.
Their opening signing was 22-year-old Joelinton, while the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin who is the same age and 20-year-old Stanley N’Soki could follow, according to The Mirror.
Whether this is so they can grow into roles in the Newcastle first-team or be sold on for a profit, it seems as though the club has a strategy regarding the recruitment of younger players.
Scott has been described as “a hard-tackling midfielder, while also looking comfortable on the ball” by Football.London, so with Mo Diame having left, Scott could potentially help replace at least some of the 2.7 tackles per 90 mins of action he made last season, the second-highest in the squad (WhoScored).
Turner, meanwhile, was quoted on Newcastle’s official website about discussions with Sammi Ameobi: “He was saying that it’s a great club, and all the staff are great. Just from that experience, I couldn’t wait to get here once I heard about it.
“Sammy’s a good lad and I trust his opinion – he loved his time here. I can’t wait to get started.”
It is good to see Newcastle signing young players, though it is difficult to know how much of an impact the pair will go on to have at St. James’ Park.
Turner will likely have to be very patient due to the level of competition in the Newcastle goal through Martin Dubravka and the more established Freddie Woodman, though it seems Scott could have a chance of getting some first-team action at points throughout the season considering Diame’s departure.
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