Newcastle signed eight players this summer, including free agent Kyle Scott.
Released by Chelsea, Scott joined the Magpies’ youth side alongside goalkeeper Jake Turner.
Neither have featured in the first-team setup yet. But while that isn’t an issue for Turner, maybe it is for Scott.
The 21-year-old is a centre-midfielder, an area of the pitch where Newcastle have had some issues this season because of bad form, suspension and injury.
When Isaac Hayden got sent off against Leicester, it presented an opportunity to 19-year-old Matty Longstaff. And as we all know, he took that opportunity and some.
Before the Manchester United game, all the talk was about whether Steve Bruce would give the teenager his debut or turn to the experience of Ki Sung Yueng. At no point did Scott enter the conversation.
While he’s part of the youth squad, it’s not like he’s a kid. He’s 21. That’s the same age as Sean Longstaff. But Scott has no real experience in senior football. He’s had a loan spell in the second tier of Dutch football but that’s it.
At 21, you’d like to think he’d have a lot more experience, especially having come through the Chelsea system where they loan players here there and everywhere.
But that didn’t happen. For now, Scott is just playing under-23s football for the Magpies while other players his age or even younger are starring in the first-team.
He signed a two-year deal in the summer, but will he ever actually play for the Newcastle first-team? I have my doubts.