Newcastle are reportedly keen on a summer move for Coventry City youngster Tom Bayliss, with the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame all linked with a move away from St James’ Park, but is the midfielder ready to make the step up to the Premier League?
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle have been monitoring the midfielder’s performances for the League One side this season, with Bayliss’ side finishing just outside the play-off position.
The 20-year-old, however, could be set for a rise through the leagues with the likes of Middlesbrough and Leeds United also interested, but would he be out of his depth in the Premier League with Newcastle?
Obviously that would be one of the biggest concerns regarding a player jumping up two divisions, but such a step up has been made in recent years to great success.
Dele Alli and Harry Maguire have both established themselves as key players for club and country following their respective moves from MK Dons and Sheffield United respectively.
Karlan Grant is the most recent example of another player who flourished despite stepping up two divisions, with the striker signing for Huddersfield Town from Charlton Athletic in January and scoring four goals in 12 league games.
However, the likes of Ademola Lookman and Nick Powell both struggled to make the step up following their moves to Everton and Manchester United respectively, so there is an element of risk involved.
Bayliss, though, appears capable of making the step up given his versatility, with the 20-year-old capable of playing in in both central and defensive midfield.
The youngster also has experience of high pressure situations, following his involvement in Coventry’s play-off final victory over Exeter last season, something that will stand him a good stead should he move to St James’ Park this summer.
And at a potential fee of £500,000, Bayliss appears to be a relatively low risk investment, even given Newcastle’s lack of spending in recent years.