Report: Newcastle United could take decision which benefits Sunderland

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Newcastle United could be closing down their youth academy, which would give Sunderland the ability to pick off the best youngsters in the area.

A general view of St James' Park during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are considering shutting down their academy at below under-16 level, in a move which could benefit both Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Huddersfield Town have taken the step to close down their academy in recent times, and Newcastle have noted their Premier League rival’s decision.


Newcastle are now thinking of doing similar, as they consider the best move for the future.

And if Newcastle do close down their academy, it could benefit Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

All the players in Newcastle’s youth system below the age of 16 would then become available, with Sunderland and Middlesbrough able to snap up the best of the younger talents in the area.

General view of the Stadium of Light during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic held on February 1, 2003 at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland,...

Newcastle, on the other hand, would be focusing on investing in prospects when they had reached the age of 16, rather than bringing them up from the younger age groups.

The Chronicle claim that Rafael Benitez has not yet made his feelings known about the potential change to Newcastle’s youth academy.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September 29, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

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