The name Lucas De Bolle has appeared on some Newcastle United teamsheets this season. But we’ve yet to see the 19-year-old make his Premier League debut.
De Bolle plays in midfield and has been with the club since 2015. He has worked his way to the fringes of the senior squad. Former boss Steve Bruce was the first manager to have him train with the first team. Eddie Howe seems to think of him highly too.
He has also continued to train with the first team and appeared on the bench against Aston Villa. The youngster played in the under-18s and the under-23s sides. De Bolle has clearly made an impact already and will hope that can continue.
De Bolle was called up by Scotland under-21s, Howe has ‘high hopes’ for him
The youngster was called up for Scotland’s under-21s. This is the first time De Bolle has been called up for the side and will look to impress.
As previously mentioned, Howe has spoken highly of the midfielder previously. He stated to The Chronicle, “I saw him play in a development game and really liked him instantly so I’ve got really high hopes for him. I think, technically, he’s very good and he can play in a number of positions as well, which is really important.”
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De Bolle was born in Scotland, but his parents are from Belgium. Also, he played for the same team that produced Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick as a kid. Wallsend Boys Club is a very well respected youth team in the north-east.
Should he continue his rise through the ranks at Newcastle, the Scot could be the future of the club. Many youth products over the years haven’t amounted to much.
However, with the new ownership, more investment will be put into the youth teams. This could help the current and future youth players reach their potential at Newcastle.
Perhaps a loan move next season would benefit De Bolle. You’d think that many clubs in the Football League would want to take a chance on him considering his potential.