Newcastle United are ready to offer defender Adam Wilson a new contract, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that there is a two-year deal on the cards for Wilson, 17, as the Magpies continue to revamp their development squads after a mass exodus earlier this month saw several players leave St James’ Park.
It is understood that Luke Charman and Cal Roberts have also been handed new deals by the Tyneside club and Wilson is next after being called up to the England Under-18s squad.
The 17-year-old left-back is set to sign his first professional deal at St James’ Park after agreeing schoolboy terms two years ago.
He is yet to break into the first-team but has started to appear more frequently in the Under-23s side.
Wilson is a left-back by trade but has been used in more advanced positions on both the left and right wings.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been quoted by the Chronicle as saying that he believes promoting players from the academy can be a good way to save money in the long-term.
“If you can bring players from the Academy that can guarantee some passion, better ways, and to save money from a transfer fee.
“It’s really important to do that.”
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have not really had much success with academy players in recent history with Paul Dummett the only member of the senior squad to have been developed on Tyneside. Wilson will hopefully get a breakthrough in a few years’ time but Rafa Benitez is not the kind of manager to bring through kids and risk them in big games. It’s not a bad thing because at the moment Benitez’s priority is establishing United back in the Premier League on a shoestring budget. Once the Magpies have become settled though, Benitez must start giving younger players a chance, with Wilson being one of those worthy to make the grade if he continues to reach his potential.
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