Wed 1 May 2024, 17:30 · Ash Harrison

BBC Newcastle commentator says Magpies should beat Sunderland to signing of 'special' 18y/o

BBC Newcastle commentator says Magpies should beat Sunderland to signing of 'special' 18y/o
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Newcastle United have been adding young players with high potential to their ranks since the takeover and Matthew Raisbeck believes there's a player the Magpies should be taking a look at.

As much as Newcastle have added quality to the academy, the actual team isn't exactly pulling up trees in the Premier League 2 lying in 22nd place (out of 26 teams).

There are of course players like Yankuba Minteh and Garang Kuol who have been out on loan, but overall, with the talent we've brought in we should be doing better.

BBC Radio Newcastle and NUFC TV commentator, Matthew Raisbeck has recently been saying on the Everything Is Black & White Podcast that Newcastle should have a look at young Derby forward Dajaune Brown who spent the second half of last season at Gateshead.

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Dajaune Brown on the move for Derby County

Matthew Raisbeck says he's 'never seen anybody like him'

Raisbeck claims that Brown is 'special' and that he's never seen anyone like him at 18.

"He's played a couple of times for Derby's first team but I watch Gateshead a lot and I have never seen anybody like him at 18. Now I know it's the fifth tier but he has played in League One and Derby think a lot of him.

"I'm just wondering whether Newcastle would maybe go down that route because if you think about the U21s at Newcastle there aren't too many who are knocking on the door."

Surely beating Sunderland to a top prospect is a nice bonus

Newcastle do have a couple of young players on the cusp of the first team, obviously, Lewis Miley has made the breakthrough this season and Joe White, Alex Murphy and Ben Parkinson have been regulars on the bench as Howe has scrambled to fill a match day squad, but overall we'd be hoping for more.

Raisbeck went on to suggest that Sunderland are keen on signing Brown which could give Newcastle extra incentive to go for him.

"A lot of clubs got these young players that they're almost ready and they can put in but at Newcastle I don't think they've had enough of them, so it's just the name there because I think there will be some interest in Dejaune Brown over the summer.

"In fact, I read that Sunderland were taking a look at him but maybe because Derby have gone up now they'd be minded to keep him.

"I don't think he'll be playing at Gateshead next season in the National League. He's got a big future, but is he a possible academy option?

"He might be one, because he's special, and I know he's been doing it in the fifth tier, but his ceiling is really high."