Magpies Sign Man City Midfielder – Plus Other New Recruits

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep them all well away from Watson and Beardsley before they learn to concede three goals a game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    From previous thread, I’m not sure if Hippo Heed is going to be as bad as you think. I think they’ll be the new Stoke under him coming in at around 12th every year, their season will be over by March every year without their exciting relegation nail biter to look forward to, expect crowds of 30K at their little plastc stadium next year.

  • Grafton83

    May 25, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Crikey he has not aged well for such a young lad, this is going to be like Oba all over again.

  • jimmysmith

    May 25, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    “Crystal Palace will attempt to sharpen their attack by signing the former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba. Alan Pardew also wants to be reunited with Cheik Tioté (yellow card) and Davide Santon

    A rush for West Bromwich Albion season tickets has been averted by reports that Tony Pulis is poised to stay on as manager for next season following talks with chairman Jeremy Peace.”

  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    With all these snippets of information from the press itk’s and Rafa himself not denying anything then surely the deal is going through or surely some negative vibe would have been released by now – or I am I just wishful thinking?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I honestly don’t know how the club can recover if he walks away. It will be a devastating blow to the players and fans and will show that the idiots running the club have had the last say. Any decent manager approached after will be aware of the negotiations of the last few weeks and will want similar reassurances which again wouldn’t be given. This would leave the door open for someone like Stuart Pearce who would be desperate to manage a club like us at any price.

  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I also surprised nobody has whinged about Ed’s headline expecting the player to be David Silva or Yaya Toure! 🙂 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think it could get to this stage if it was going to break down, his main points have obviously been agreed to and surely they can’t be that petty to let him walk over something like Beardsley being kept as U21 manager.

  • Jib

    May 25, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa Benitez wants players not on international duty this summer back to work in just five weeks on June 28 – seven days earlier than if they were still in the Premier League.

    Andros Townsend, Moussa Sissoko and Paul Dummett will be given more time off due to their expected involvement in the Euro 2016 finals in France.

    Last time in the fizzy pop our first closed season fixture was against Shamrock Rovers on 11th July – in total we played 6 matches the last one being v Dundee United on 2nd August before our opening fixture against WBA away on Sat 8th August.

  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10


    We are in the Championship. We are no longer necessarily back page news.
    Should a low key appointment be made, the national media would lose interest altogether.
    From a “protecting Mike” point of view, that would be a result.
    I think there are no stories because there is nothing to report and everyone is just waiting for the white smoke.
    The only reason Craig Hope keeps chipping in is because he works for the Mail and he’s likely under more pressure than the rest for a story.

  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Martoon, this is definitely a case of no news being good news. Rafa signed a three year deal with us when he joined. That deal still stands unless he chooses to take the opt out clause – which until now he hasn’t. He’s still doing all the things a manager does and once he’s happy with everything, he’ll announce that he isn’t going to activate his clause. I said a while ago that lawyers don’t rush things and if they have to go to Spain, that lengthens it even further. Remember, he’s ours unless he chooses to opt out. 😉

  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    I think that’s fair Bobby, though I doubt it’s being done by carrier pigeon.

  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail @8 – I’m sure you’re right – as somebody said yesterday probably just a matter of crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. However even if Rafa’s legal team are in Spain I don’t see how this would effect things – have they not heard of Email? 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning all,

    Finding it hard to comment lately. No news is just that, no news.

    It must be getting bad. I found myself looking forward to England playing recently.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, not sure there should be any significant delay because his legal team are based in Spain.

    Mind, if Lee’s nap time doesn’t tie in with their siesta, that could cause some delays.

    It is also true that manana doesn’t mean “tomorrow”, in reality it only means “not today”.

  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Never known a lawyer do anything in an hour if he can do the same job in a day, that much is sure! 😉


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