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…

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