And Ryder believes that he is one to keep an eye on.
Writing on a Q&A for the Chronicle (14.28), he said: “One brighter moment has been the progress of 16-year-old Joe White – he’s one to watch.”
As soon as you get a youngster like White coming through the ranks at a rate of knots, it is always going to catch the eye, and the fact that he is only 16 will add to that excitement. White scored two goals and set up four more in 13 appearances for the U18s last term, and the fact that he is being trusted with the responsibility of reserve team football at such a young age really is something. Steve Bruce is evidently a fan too, having chosen to call up the starlet for some first team training earlier in the summer, as reported by the Chronicle. He is creative and precocious, and while it is imperative that a talent like his isn’t overhyped or rushed into things, if he can continue at the rate that he is progressing, then there is no reason why he cannot have a wonderful future ahead of him on Tyneside, following in the recent footsteps of Sean and Matty Longstaff into the first team.