Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce heaped praise on young midfielder Joe White, after his cameo against Burton Albion.

The Magpies were in action on Friday night against the League One side, and ran out 2-0 winners at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion v Newcastle United: Pre-Season Friendly
Joe White (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

White was introduced in the 55th minute for his second appearance for the first-team, after he made his debut against Rotherham United.

White, who has been on the books at Newcastle for five years, was really impressive on the ball.

The Chronicle described him as ‘playing like he’s been on the scene for years’, giving him an 8/10 for his display.

Bruce was also impressed with what he saw.

Newcastle United Pre-Season Training Session
Steve Bruce (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He said of the youngster (via Shields Gazette): “He caught the eye, didn’t he? We brought him up about 18 months ago before Covid, and he quietly impressed us.

 

“And, all of a sudden, they grow all of a sudden, and find a yard of pace, and look bigger and stronger. And he’s certainly done that. Over the last couple of games in particular, I’ve been very, very pleased with what I’ve seen.”

Bruce needs to start backing his youngsters

Bruce likes to speak highly of the promising young players at Newcastle.

But during his time as manager, he hasn’t actually properly put his faith in any of them.

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Eliott Anderson Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

It remains to be seen if White will actually get any first-team involvement.

It’s been a real struggle for Elliot Anderson to break through, and he is seen as the best youngster at the club.

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