Former Newcastle United assistant boss, Steve Stone, says that Newcastle is a good club for young players to come to as the club buys ‘cheap’ and so youngsters get their chance.

However, he has warned that despite United’s small squad, both Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow aren’t good enough for the Premier League as it stands.

Assistant to John Carver in the second half of last season, Steve Stone says that 22 year old Jamaal Lascelles needs at least this season to get used to the higher level, saying that the defender ‘needs to understand what Premier League centre forwards do’.

As for 25 year old Karl Darlow, Stone says that Tim Krul’s injury is big setback for the former Forest keeper as he could have learnt so much watching and learning from a top class keeper.

Despite being 25, Steve Stone says that Darlow is young by goalkeeping standards as he has time on his side.

Both players will be counting down the days to the Watford FA Cup-tie on Saturday 9 January as that is likely to be, injuries permitting, the next chance either will get of first team football.

Steve Stone talking to the Nottingham Post:

Jamaal Lascelles:

“He will definitely take time. What he is at the minute is someone who needs to learn the game at Premier League level.

“It is totally different to the Championship let me tell you, he needs to fit into structures and not just his own game.

“This is a great learning curve for him this season, there is no pressure on him.

“He has played a couple of games but he is not quite ready yet, maybe next season he will be better for it. He hass got the presence and the attributes and it is about transferring that to the highest level.

“He needs to understand what Premier League centre forwards do – they are a totally different level to what he’s used to.”

Karl Darlow:

“Karl Darlow needs to be around top coaches and keepers, he needs to watch what Tim Krul does every day.

“It is a real shame Tim is out for the season, as he (Darlow) has lost the chance to watch and learn what the best do.

“Tim is a World Cup keeper for Holland and a Premier League keeper for five years. Karl can learn from him.

“He is young, you look at keepers who are 27 or 28 and they are still learning.

“He is in the right place. Newcastle give youngsters a chance. They buy cheap. With no disrespect to Forest they’ve come from a lower club. They’ll try to get him to the next level.”

Darlow played in 110 games for the Reds, while fellow academy graduate Lascelles played in 55, scoring once.