The former Newcastle United manager thinks the club should invest heavily in their youth academy.
Some Newcastle United fans are in agreement with manager Rafa Benitez that the club should invest more in their youth academy set-up.
Writing in his personal blog this week, Benitez suggested that the Magpies could get more quality prospects coming through the club like Sean and Matty Longstaff if they were prepared to invest more.
As reported by The Evening Chronicle, that specific issue was one of the points of contention that led to his departure from St James’ Park this summer.
Having to face the challenges of an ever-inflating transfer market, it would certainly make sense for Newcastle to invest some of the millions they receive from TV money and tickets into future players.
That could give them real sustainability in the long-term and help them become more ambitious over time.
Currently they’re having to pay over the odds for players that aren’t making much impact in the first-team.
Obviously that doesn’t mean they should pay good money for stars from other clubs, but a strategy to encompasses both first-team signings and the academy is one which can bring success.
Some Newcastle supporters certainly agree, with this lot taking to Twitter to share their thoughts this week…
Great points in here for Benitez about youth academy. 4 mill a year for ten years (40 mill). A youth system should produce more then that if done effectively, would be a great investment. Great value. Any Good business mind can see that. https://t.co/pBd6CSR0do— Patrick Beech (@beech_slapped) October 10, 2019
Bang on, the academy is the future it had to be— Stand up be counted (@MarkCleghorn2) October 9, 2019
Barcelona bring so many quality players through theirs and so should we
One of the most infuriating details of Ashley’s reign of “self-sufficiency” is the inability of him, or his lackeys Barnes/Charnley, to see the obvious benefits of relatively small investments. Imagine £40m in the academy/facilities instead of buying fucking Game. #NUFC— Nedders (@Neddrs) October 10, 2019
Rafa is correct, but it’s also fair to say that Matty Longstaff wouldn’t have been given a start under him. Sean was lined-up for a loan last January until an injury crisis. Not a chance Rafa starts Matty over Shelvey or Ki.— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) October 9, 2019
He’s not wrong…— Rob Johnston (@The_Ogg) October 10, 2019
Simple common— Keith Allen (@KeithAllen517) October 10, 2019
Rafas also making the point, under Ashleys Make Do & Mend financial restraints
Rafas PL playing/survival strategys been adopted by Bruce who after spending £65M followed by several highly embarrassing defeats has been forced to follow Rafas methods #NUFC
Thats the difference Rafa had a vision, @nufc dont with this cretin and penfold, happy to let the club fall behind year in year out, finish 17th Mike will take ya for a pizza Bruce— Fisco & Shaka (@FiscoandShaka) October 10, 2019