News today that Newcastle have signed up 16 year-old Manchester City midfielder Mace Goodridge, after he had been released by the Manchester club.
He is one of 12 new scholars who have been signed up to the Youth Academy and one question we would have is whether Rafa Benitez or his people have been involved in the choice of any of these youngsters – probably not.
Here is some information on each of the 12 youngsters that’s been put up on the Newcastle United web-site.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle United Youth Academy manager
Goodridge is a central midfielder who can play in either an attacking or a defensive role.
The Youth Academy is one area of the club that Rafa Benitez will take a good hard look at once he is signed up – hopefully this week.
Surely this week?
Newcastle have not been all that successful in bringing young players through to the first team squad over the last nine years, since owner Mike Ashley made it a priority of the club when he first arrived.
19 year-old Adam Armstrong will return to Newcastle in pre-season from his very successful loan spell at Coventry City and 20 year-old Rolando Aarons is another young player who could come through big time for Newcastle next season in the Championship.
Kevin Mbabu is another graduate of the Academy who is rumored to be ready to sign a new two year contract at the club, so we may see Kevin come through next season too.
For Newcastle to become successful in the future it is important that we get the Youth Academy producing more good players for the first team squad.
Best of luck to all 12 of our new scholars.