By Joe Ellis

9th Mar, 2022 | 8:30pm

Newcastle: Dylan Stephenson cannot be another Toney or Armstrong

Newcastle United have an impressive recent record of bringing through talented young strikers from their academy but they haven’t profited themselves on the pitch.

Both Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong were contracted to the Magpies from very early on in their football careers, the latter from a young boy, but neither stuck around to play for the senior team.

In Toney’s case, he left in 2018 in favour of a move to Peterborough United and is now lighting up the Premier League with Brentford.

Armstrong too left before he got any kind of chance at St James’ Park as he opted to switch the northeast for Lancashire and Blackburn Rovers.

He, too, is playing regularly in the Premier League with Southampton and both could be of real help to Eddie Howe right now as the Toon look to get themselves away from a relegation scrap.

Thankfully, they have a chance at redemption with the next top-quality talisman breaking through in the shape of 19-year-old Dylan Stephenson.

17 youth team goals this season for both the Under-23s and Under-18s should say more than enough about his poaching talents and he has to be the one relied upon to bridge the gap between the academy and the senior squad.

Newcastle cannot afford their previous errors with Toney and Armstrong happen again and must do everything they can to keep Stephenson around and get him playing where possible.

In other Football Wonderkids news, Leeds’ young talents have already benefitted from Marcelo Bielsa’s sacking.