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Manager says Newcastle loan player is ‘Thoroughbred’ and will be Premier League star

5 years ago

Newcastle loan player Alex Gilliead has been getting high praise after his appearance at the weekend.

The United winger was a deadline day loan move to Luton Town and Saturday was only his second League Two start of the season.

Despite this, Luton boss Nathan Jones says that Alex Gilliead is a ‘thoroughbred’ and will go on to star in the Premier League.

Yet to play any first team football for Newcastle, the winger turns 21 in February, but Jones says he knows all about his ability because he has watched Gilliead for the past four years.

Nathan Jones says the Newcastle loan player has been a victim of signing so late, meaning he missed out on the integration of pre-season.

Despite this, after starring in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leyton Orient, the Luton Manager says the winger can get a run in the team if he keeps that level of play.

The only other League Two start for the player was a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool and the fact Luton are fourth in the table has no doubt contributed to the lack of games.

As well as the two starts, Alex Gilliead has made five League Two sub appearances, as well as one start and one goal in the EFL Trophy.

Nathan Jones says ‘We know how good Alex Gilliead is, I know what he can do in possession’, so good luck to the young Newcastle player in showing that is the case for the rest of the season and one day proving to be Premier League class, at Newcastle United.

Nathan Jones:

“I know what he has because I have watched him since he was 16, 17 years of age, I’ve always had an eye on him.

“He is a thoroughbred and I genuinely believe he will become a Premier League player.

“What we have to do and what we have missed out on because we didn’t have him in pre-season, he’s missed out on a lot of the structural stuff that we do.

“So we have got to dripfeed him, we can work with him now, but the real work was done in pre-season so he’s missed that.

“We know how good Alex Gilliead is, I know what he can do in possession.

“He’s a wonderful, wonderful player and is starting to prove that now.

“He’s had to be patient, he hasn’t wanted to be patient because he came here to play, but providing he keeps at the level he is, he will.”


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