Sunderland have handed a trial to non-league youngster Nelson Ogbewe, according to Chronicle Live.
The Gateshead striker is set to link up with the Black Cats this week as he looks to impress the club during his two weeks at the Academy Of Light.
The 18-year-old is highly-rated at the International Stadium and penned his first professional contract earlier this month as the Heed look to tie him down to a long-term future.
However with Gateshead’s season in the National League North being cancelled it means that Ogbewe is being allowed to leave the club to challenge himself with Sunderland’s under-23s side.
The frontman actually featured for the Tynesiders earlier this week as they took on Sunderland’s development side earlier this week – a match where he was able to find the back of the net.
Discussing the player’s potential, Gateshead boss Mike Williamson told Chronicle Live: “He’s got masses of potential.
“He’s performed really well with Ben Clark and Matty Pattison and we get regular reports, he looks hungry and he has the right mentality.
“He’s definitely someone who we want to work with closely and we look forward to seeing how he progresses.
“One of the biggest things that young lads might struggle with when they step up to the first team is the physicality, but Nelson is a big strong lad and he can cope with it.
“He has a lot of room for improvement but he has that desire to score goals and a willingness to work hard and improve.”
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This is a great opportunity for the young striker.
Nelson Ogbewe is clearly highly-rated by Gateshead but if he can impress during his time with Sunderland then there’s no doubt that this could be a big move for the player.
To have the opportunity to earn a deal with the Black Cats is a career-defining opportunity and the 18-year-old will certainly be hoping to take his chance with both hands.