Steve Bruce calls up midfielder to Newcastle United's first-team squad

Steve Bruce has already had a close look at Rodrigo Vilca – after the new signing was called up for first-team training.

Friday, 9th October 2020, 4:45 pm

Vilca this week joined Newcastle United from Peruvian club Deportivo Municipal. Vilca is to join the club’s Under-23 squad, but the midfielder revealed on Instagram that he has been training with Bruce’s depleted senior squad during the two-week international break.

The 21-year-old – who has signed a four-year deal at Newcastle – is keen to hit the ground running at his new club.

"I'm conscious that there's a big gap between Peruvian football and English football, so in the first phase I want to consolidate and take advantage of the training ground, and the professionalism of Newcastle's staff, to try to close that gap as soon as possible.

“After that, I hope to contribute to the team's objectives as soon as possible. But, in the short term, (my aim) is to improve physically and adapt quickly.”

Steve Bruce.