Newcastle United’s U18s romped to a 4-1 win over Leeds United in the FA Youth Cup yesterday to reach the competition’s fifth round.
The Magpies ran out comfortable winners against the Whites at Whitley Park, with first-team manager Steve Bruce in attendance to watch the game.
Dylan Stephenson hit a first-half hat-trick, with Joe White also getting on the scoresheet in the second-half.
The 18-year-old winger took his tally to seven for the season with the three-goal haul, and manager Neil Winskill sang his praises after the game.
He said of the Blyth-born starlet (via nufc.co.uk): “I’m thrilled for Dylan because he is such an honest, hard-working lad.
“He’s the type of player any team would like to have in their XI, who’s going to really put a shift in for you.
“Every game and training session, the physical stats come through and he’s always top of the charts but we had a chat during the week about the need for him to be consistent with his quality, and he spoke to me about how he thinks people will judge him on goals.”
Stephenson sends a message
So it seems Newcastle have another fine young talent on their hands.
It’s great that he managed to hit a hat-trick in front of the first-team manager.
But the chances of him having any first-team involvement between now and the end of the season are slim.
If Elliot Anderson – who captained Winskill’s side yesterday – is having trouble making Bruce’s squad, then realistically it’s going to be difficult for others to make the step up right now.