The Guardian have written their yearly piece on the top 20 young Premier League talents to watch, with Newcastle United’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Will Brown featuring in the list.
The piece picks the ‘best prospect’ from each club, with the criteria being a player born between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002 – meaning U-18 youngsters who are first-year scholars at their current clubs.
Brown currently play for Newcastle U-18’s – having played at this level for the past three seasons from the age of just 16.
Here’s that The Guardian’s Louise Taylor had to say about Brown – the highly-rated goalkeeper who’s still a pupil at Ponteland High School:
“Calm under pressure and unusually mature for his age, Brown turned out for Newcastle’s under-18s at times last season, despite still being a full-time pupil at Ponteland High School.
“A resident of Alan Shearer’s home village in Northumberland, Brown appeared for Newcastle’s under-16s and under-18s as well as Ponteland High’s first XI during a busy 2017-18 but is now a full-time first-year scholar.
“Apart from his technical ability, he is said to possess the ideal temperament for a goalkeeper”
Here’s who the Guardian picked from NUFC during the last few years:
2017 – Deese Kasinga-Madia
2015 – Mackenzie Heaney
2014 – Stefan Broccoli