EPL talent Celtic could reportedly snare has already discussed his future
Celtic-linked Newcastle United talent Joe White has already discussed his hopes for the future as recently as last month.
White is out of contract in the summer and is currently one of the U23s top operators. The Chronicle earlier today linked him with Celtic and Rangers, as well as further interest from England, Germany, and the Netherlands.
It looks as though the player will have his pick of destinations after shining in the Newcastle Academy in recent times. White was given a spot in the Newcastle senior squad for the first time at Old Trafford earlier this term. However, he’s yet to play a single minute of action.
Yet despite the fact his contract is trickling down into the final few months, White stated last month that his dream is to break into the Newcastle first-team as he reiterated his happiness in the North East of England.
As quoted by the Shields Gazette, White said: “I’m loving my football at the minute. I’m training with the first team most days which is obviously good for me personally as I’m learning every day from Premier League players.
“The first team is where I want to be eventually, whether it’s short term or long term. I want to be making competitive and Premier League debuts. I just need to keep working hard and see where it takes me.
“At the moment, I’m just very happy here, happy to keep playing football for the under-23s and focus on getting my numbers up in terms of goals and assists. We’ve had a good start to the season and I want to help us get as far up the table as possible.”
Joe White clearly still has Newcastle ambitions despite Celtic link
Considering how recently these comments were, it gives Celtic a strong indication of where the player’s mindset is at.
It’s unusual that such a situation has occurred with a player who appears so committed to his current club. You would’ve thought that considering Newcastle will want to keep him and the player clearly wants to stay that things would’ve been sorted by now.
If the uncertainty continues until January, it gives Celtic a chance to get in contact with the player. Ange Postecoglou will have a keen eye on the long-term future of the club, and filling up the academy with promising talents remains a big priority.
White would fit that bill given his progress with Newcastle. At 19 years of age, he would also be closer to a first-team role than others.
But it’s going to be difficult. Forgetting the heavy reported interest in the player for a moment, he seems extremely settled where he is. Eddie Howe, another advocate for pushing young talent through the ranks, won’t want to lose one of his most exciting talents. However, the Toon are certainly leaving it late to renew his deal.
It’s a case of watch the space on this one.