Sky Sports presenter Pete Graves believes Newcastle United might have signed two absolute gems in Charlie McArthur and Alex Murphy.
The Magpies are currently busy looking for players to improve Eddie Howe’s first-team squad, with three signings made so far this summer. Matt Targett’s loan deal became permanent, then he was followed by Nick Pope and Sven Botman.
But Dan Ashworth has also been making efforts to increase the talent within the club’s youth ranks. That’s part of his role as Sporting Director, as he oversees recruitment at every level.
Newcastle have made three youth signings this summer, bringing in McArthur from Kilmarnock and Murphy from Galway. Jordan Hackett also arrived on a free after his Tottenham contract expired.
But it’s the former two who are causing the most excitement on Tyneside.
Graves on McArthur and Murphy
Graves, who is also a Newcastle fan, has appeared on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, and discussed the signings of McArthur and Murphy.
While the Magpies have spent big money on Botman, Graves thinks the two teenage defenders could prove to be Newcastle’s best additions in the future.
“I’ve heard the guy from Kilmarnock is one of the best young players to come from Scotland in years,” he said.
“I’ve heard the guy from Galway is the best player that Ireland have produced in years.”
Potential stars of the future at Newcastle
Hopefully what Graves has heard is true, because that is extremely encouraging. To have picked up two of the best talents from Scotland and Ireland respectively is a huge coup.
The fact we have been able to convince them to come to Newcastle rather than go elsewhere is a sign of the times at St James’ Park. It wasn’t too long that teenage sensation Bobby Clark left us to join Liverpool.
Getting young players who can go on to become future stars is what Ashworth is all about. Sure, he will make big money signings that are ready-made for the first-team. But a big part of his role is bringing in players with potential.
In a few years time, Eddie Howe might decide he wants a new centre-back. And rather than signing a big money name, they should be able to turn to McArthur, for example.
Signings talented youngsters will save the club a lot of money in the long run, if they can develop into Premier League quality players.
That is the hope for both McArthur and Murphy, who will have ambitions of their own to become first-team regulars at Newcastle. Murphy has already had a taste, training with Howe’s squad during pre-season.
If what Graves has heard is true, Newcastle have two stars of the future.