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.
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.