Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has suggested young Toon defender Kell Watts is giving him a headache.
The central defender has given a really good account of himself so far in pre-season.
Watts stood out in the 1-0 defeat to York City, and followed that up with another good showing against Rotherham United.
It is perhaps timely for Newcastle that Watts is impressing.
A new central defender is supposedly on the agenda for the club in the transfer market.
But things are complicated this year, and funds are said to be very tight.
It is not out of the question Watts could earn himself a promotion to the first-team ahead of 2021/22.
Bruce said (via Chronicle): “Kell Watts is the one, I was privately very pleased with him after York, and he hasn’t done himself any harm at Rotherham.
“He came on in the second half and I thought him and Paul Dummett looked at ease.
“You can see Kell has now played at EFL level and he has matured.
“It is difficult to make a decision after two or three weeks but he has been good to watch
A golden chance now for Watts
Watts has looked great up to now, and his card is now marked.
It seems Bruce definitely has his eye on the the 21-year-old, meaning the next couple of games are going to be important.
Solid performances against Burton Albion and then Premier League opposition Norwich City, could mean the difference between promotion to the first-team and heading out on loan.
It was reported recently that a few clubs have already expressed interest in him.
It’s up to him to force Bruce to keep a hold of him if he wants that first-team chance.