Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United side are where many thought they would be following their relegation from the Premier League, top of the Sky Bet Championship and on course for promotion.

Newcastle have a point advantage over second placed Brighton and Hove Albion, and a five point cushion over third placed Huddersfield Town.

The Magpies were active during the summer transfer window, following their relegation, singing experienced Championship players including Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle.

As expected some of Newcastle’s stars have shone this season, with Clark putting in impressive displays in defence and Gayle becoming the first Magpies’ player to score 20-goals in a season since Alan Shearer.

Along with former England international Jonjo Shelvey managing games from the middle of midfield for Benitez’s side.

Despite their depth in quality options, Benitez has given some of the club’s young players opportunities this season, most recently in the FA Cup.

Here we look at two of Newcastle’s emerging young stars, fans should be getting excited about: