One of the few things we’ve liked about Mike Ashley’s tenure at Newcastle, is that he started a decent youth policy.
17 year-old Haris Vuckic – just one of our great youngsters
But we haven’t seen any youngsters signed yet in the January transfer window, and we’d like to see the supply line keep moving.
There’s no way in the future that Newcastle can pay out huge fees for players, nor should they, and one way of building a good squad of players is via some savvy buying and bringing in youngsters who can mature through the Newcastle youth system.
We have to think the days when billionaires at Chelsea and Manchester City can be allowed to come in and spend unlimited money on their players, both in terms of the transfer fees and wages, are numbered.
That’s an unsustainable model, and we expect a salary cap before too long, and that clubs will be forced to balance their books, which will be big change for most big clubs.
Top teams like Manchester United and Chelsea hardly do that today, with Manchester United’s debt somewhere north of £700M right now – which is just utterly ridiculous.
We’d like to see the Newcastle world-wide scouting system improved and updated, so we can bring in youngsters and some “unknown” players – like Sebastien Bassong, as one good example.
Newcastle may still sign a youngster or two in this transfer window – and we hope they do – and help keep the good work of the Newcastle Youth Academy in full swing.