Steve McClaren pleased with Newcastle United's youth system

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Newcastle United have a number of exciting prospects waiting to break into their first-team.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has told the Chronicle that he has been shocked by the statistics he has seen about the club’s youth academy.

McClaren came to the Magpies believing that Newcastle had struggled to produce talent through their own youth system.

But, he has since learned that Newcastle are the fifth best club in the Premier League at giving debuts to their own academy graduates, and he has been heartened by that stat.

He said in the Chronicle: “I think our young players are important to us – the likes of Rolando [Aarons]. I was speaking to my boy and he showed me something on an app on his phone and he said: ‘Have you seen that dad?’

“It was talking about academies and we were talking about how only about 11 per cent come through academies into the Premier League.

“There’s a chart that shows clubs in the Premier League and debuts that they give academy players and how many of them play 10 games or more – I think we’re about fifth.

“Honestly, I said to my boy: ‘Wow, that’s good.’ Because you tend to think you don’t really get anyone through – but the point is nobody brings anyone through. It’s only 10 or 11 per cent now.”

McClaren has already seen the productiveness of Newcastle’s youth-system since joining.

The former England boss has had to rely on Kevin Mbabu to slot in a left-back for a period of the camaign, and youngster has performed admirably whenever he has been called upon.

Adam Armstrong, meanwhile, has shown his class while out on loan – and Freddie Woodman has also had time on the first-team’s substitutes’ bench.

It puts Newcastle in an exciting position for the future, and McClaren will be hoping to nurture these prospects into his senior squad over the coming years.

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