Who is Matthew Bondswell? The Nottingham Forest academy graduate 'set to sign' for Newcastle United after Chelsea and Leed United links
Newcastle are reportedly set to sign England youth international Matthew Bondswell on a free transfer – but who is he?
According to the Telegraph, the 18-year-old, who recently left German side RB Leipzig, is set to sign for the Magpies on a free transfer and train with the club’s under-23 side.
We take a closer look at the player ahead of his proposed move to St James’ Park:
What’s his background?
Bondswell came through the academy at Nottingham Forest where he was rated highly and started representing England at under-15s level.
The left-back has also played for his country at under-16s, 17s and 18s level, which coincided with his move to Leipzig in the summer of 2018.
It was claimed at the time that Bondswell rejected an offer from Manchester United to move to Germany.
The defender made seven appearances during a loan spell with Dutch second-tier side FC Dordrecht last year.
What type of player is he?
Bondswell is extremely quick and likes to charge forward from left-back.
The defensive side of his game and positioning have been identified as weaknesses, but at 18 there is still plenty of time to develop.
Bondswell is clearly an excellent athlete and won a silver medal in the triple jump at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in 2017.
Is there anyone else interested in him?
Bondswell is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, with several clubs reportedly tracking him.
Chelsea, Leeds and West Ham have also been credited with in recent months, yet it’s now been claimed Newcastle are closing in on a deal.