Eddie Howe has been really pleased with ‘outstanding’ 19-year-old Newcastle player in training.
Eddie Howe has resisted temptation to throw Lewis Hall in at the deep end, despite Newcastle United fans being eager to see the new signing in action.
Hall joined Newcastle on loan during the summer transfer window, but will become a permanent Toon player next year for £28million.
The 19-year-old has arrived with an eye to the future, but supporters are obviously keen to see what the new man is capable of.
However, we are yet to see Hall make his Newcastle debut. The left-back has been an unused substitute for the Magpies’ previous three games, and was one of three teenagers on the bench at the San Siro on Tuesday night.
But with games coming thick and fast, with Sheffield United next up on Sunday, Toon fans are wondering if we could see Hall in action at Bramall Lane.
However, the latest comments from Howe suggest that might not happen.
Eddie Howe pleased with Lewis Hall in training as Newcastle continue ‘building him up’
Ahead of the game against Sheffield United, Howe spoke to the media. He was asked when we could see Hall make his Newcastle United debut.
“Lewis has come having played no minutes during pre-season,” he said.
“He is an outstanding prospect. He’s training really well, but we’re building him up. Again, he’s competing for that starting spot.”
Patience required with Newcastle teenager
Even if Howe is planning a change at left-back, it does not sound like it will be Hall coming in for Dan Burn. Instead, it will likely be Matt Targett, who recently played in the Magpies’ defeat to Brighton.
The Newcastle boss is going to take his time with Hall, especially because he is well short of match fitness. He did not play for Chelsea over the summer, which has hindered his start on Tyneside.
But time is on his side. He is only 19, and is a player for the future. As Howe says, he is an outstanding prospect.
It is excellent to hear that he is performing well in training, and that should mean it might not be too long before we see at least a cameo from the youngster.