Newcastle United's youngsters who could make a big impact next season
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Mike Ashley has never been one for splashing the cash at Newcastle United without recouping some off player sales.

However, this summer will be tighter than normal on the purse strings with no gate receipts for more than a season and all clubs suffering financially.

Steve Bruce has been informed there will be a severe lack of funds at his disposal for the summer transfer window with the squad in desperate need of being freshened up.

Once again, Newcastle will be relying on loan deals this summer which have proved partially successful in recent years but it may be time to offer a chance to the young players on loan and coming through the academy.

The Magpies have a handful of talented youngsters ready to prove themselves in the first team which may be aided in the club were to be relegated this season, however, many may be ready for the top flight already.

Newcastle have the potential to build a strong spine fo their squad around the youngsters coming through the ranks and plying their trade out on loan.

Elliot Anderson

A number of people inside Newcastle are very excited about Elliot Anderson's development and rapid progress through the ranks.

The 18-year old was captain of the under 23s before joining the first team squads on matchday, such is how highly regarded he is within the set up at Newcastle's academy.

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He made his debut in the FA Cup against Arsenal and is willing to learn and improve in each training session around the first team.

The 18-year old is a confident player on the ball with an attacking mindset which is something Newcastle have been lacking before Joe Willock arrived.

Anderson would be a welcome addition to the squad and will only get better with more exposure to first-team football and next season could be his chance to break into a rather stale midfield.

The academy graduate may see his chances increased next season with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick underperforming severely and making the midfield a serious area of concern.

If Newcastle were to be relegated this campaign, Anderson could be a spark in the midfield and a class above the rest in the Championship with his natural ability and required experience outside of the Premier League.

Freddie Woodman

Newcastle's most highly rated goalkeeper to have progressed through the academy but is still yet to make a Premier League appearance however, he has four FA Cup appearances for the club.

Freddie Woodman has impressed during his almost 18-month loan spell at Swansea City with the promotion hopefuls wanting to sign him permanently in the summer.

If the academy graduate is to have a future on Tyneside it has to be next season as he turns 24-years old next month and will want regular first-team football.

Woodman is highly regarded both at Newcastle and England with Gareth Southgate mentioning his name in press conferences in the past.

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A confident young man who believes in his own ability and has shown his quality at claiming crosses which was an obvious weakness in his FA Cup appearances for the Magpies.

The 23-year old has pulled off numerous remarkable saves for Swansea this season and is a fan favourite in South Wales and he would not be against making the move permanent.

If the club are relegated there is no better opportunity for Woodman to be made the number one for Newcastle or they risk having another one let go too early.

As it stands, his route into the first team seems blocked by Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka it may be the only outcome that he departs Tyneside. 

It would require Newcastle to sell one of Darlow or Dubravka and it may depend on who gets the nod for the remainder of the season as to which 'keeper is unhappy come the summer. 

Woodman would allow a clear future between the sticks for Newcastle, however, is Bruce willing to put his trust in the youngster over Dubravka and Darlow would be unlikely, thus seeing Woodman depart.

Kelland Watts

Kelland Watts made his debut for Newcastle United on the final day of last season against Liverpool coming on as a substitute and has since gone onto prove himself in League One.

The 21-year old has started 35 games in all competitions for Plymouth Argyle this season which is the perfect experience required for the talented centre back.

This is on the back of 22 starts for both Stevenage Town and Mansfield Town respectively and still only 21-years old it could set him up for a spot in the side going forward.

Newcastle have struggled with injuries in defence this season and with a few underperforming he could be handed an opportunity during pre-season.

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Watts is confident on the ball and willing to take a risk to drive into midfield as well as being a mountain in the air which would be valuable for a side which sometimes have a soft underbelly in aerial battles.

Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez are out of contracts this summer with the latter on the wrong side of 30 he may not be handed a new deal and with Florian Lejeune shipped out on loan this season he seems out of favour.

If Bruce seriously wishes to change the culture and mentality at the club he should be feeding through youngsters into the first team to save money for any necessary loans to seriously improve the team.

Players such as Watts, Anderson and Woodman would provide a solid spine to build the future around as well as experienced heads of Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden and Callum Wilson.

It would give Newcastle a fresh lease of life and the ability to move away from the deadwood which has been lingering around since the Steve McClaren era, which resulted in relegation.

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