Newcastle United have started the new season poorly.
The club are yet to win a game, and have already been dumped out of the Carabao Cup.
To make matters worse, Callum Wilson is already struggling with injury.
It remains to be seen how long he’ll be out for, but news of another issue is concerning.
Wilson has done great things for Newcastle since joining, but he’s had a few injury problems, as his record at Bournemouth suggested he probably would.
Ryan Fraser has also struggled to stay fit since coming to the club, and Allan Saint-Maximin is also somewhat fragile.
Given the injury-prone nature of these players, Steve Bruce will probably be relying on the likes of Joelinton and Dwight Gayle a lot this season.
Their records in the Premier League are not great, and ideally the Magpies would have better firepower in reserve.
He’s currently the top goalscorer in PL2 Division 1, and has just been nominated for the August Player of the Month.
It would be absolutely fantastic to see the talented Stephenson promoted, but realistically it just isn’t going to happen.
Bruce has not shown belief in youth
Stephenson is a fantastic young talent, but it is surely unlikely that he’ll get called up by Bruce.
During his time at the club, the manager has been reluctant to put his trust in younger players.
Matty Longstaff hardly featured last season and would surely have made an impact had he been given the chance. He, thankfully, has now secured a loan move to Aberdeen.
And young Elliot Anderson, tipped to be the next big thing out of the Newcastle academy, has found opportunities very hard to come by under the current first-team manager.
Defender Kell Watt really impressed in pre-season, but has been loaned out to Wigan Athletic.
Stephenson could well have something to offer as an alternative to Newcastle’s injury-prone stars, but it would be a shock if Bruce actually promoted him.