Newcastle United have long-been a club associated with producing some of the brightest talents we’ve seen at the top level and there soon going to be back in the Premier League, with Rafa Benitez’s side looking good for promotion come the end of the season.
Benitez has masterminded a pretty successful Championship campaign where they’ve pretty much led the race from the off, with the likes of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Jamaal Lascelles all impressing as they aim to reach the top-flight at the first attempt.
But there’s one man in particular who has impressed in his debut season with the Toon and that’s full-back £64,000-rated defender Jamie Sterry.
A 21-year-old full-back, he’s drawn comparisons to some of the Newcastle bests already, with Frank Clark even being mentioned as a player Sterry has elements of in his game.
He spent the first-half of the season on-loan in League One with struggling Coventry City and impressed, featuring heavily as the Sky Blues tumbled down the league.
And whilst the form of the whole team was poor, Sterry showed some seriously promising qualities during his time in the Midlands, and it’s led to first-team match action since his arrival back in the North East.
Granted, injury problems have probably fast-tracked his first-team aspirations but at his age and this level, you take chances like that and Sterry has certainly done that with aplomb.
A hard-working, engaging full-back, he’s up and down the pitch like nobody’s business and in a couple of years time, you can see him becoming a big part of this Newcastle United set-up, if his development continues in this stead.
We’ve seen Paul Dummett go about his Newcastle career in the same way and there’s little reason why Newcastle shouldn’t have two young, English talents at full-back in years to come.
The signs look very promising indeed for the Magpies and Sterry is certainly a name to keep an eye on over the coming months.