Rafa Benitez wants to see a lot more of the youngsters who Newcastle bring to the club make it through to the Newcastle first team – and it’s something the club has not been too successful at over the last nine years or so.
Rafa knows all about the terrible results of not only the first team last season, but also the Youth side and the U21 side.
We read an interview with U21 manager Peter Beardsley last week and he had a list of reasons (also known as excuses) of why the U21 results were not good and would never be good.
Peter said he didn’t always have the players available for the U21 side and in any case his job was just to develop the players; results were not important.
Lubo Satka – must come through this season
While some of that may be true, it’s always very dangerous to try to “explain logically” why you are doing so badly with results – it gets to be self-fulfilling and you may even convince yourself results will never get any better.
We are sure that Rafa Benitez doesn’t share Beardsley’s view of things and when he was at Liverpool Rafa had all three teams – the first team, reserve team and youth team – doing every well on Merseyside.
One of the young players we had great hopes for and is now in the last year of his Newcastle contract and needs to do well to stay on Tyneside is 20 year-old Slovakian Lubo Satka.
Lubo has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site and he knows he has to improve after going on loan to League Two club York City last season and struggling to make an impact.
This is what Satka has said.
“I went home for a couple of weeks straight after the season finished and I did a bit of running and training, but I tried to rest my legs a bit,”
“But now is the time to start working again to get ready for the pre-season.”
“I’ve been able to use the facilities at my old club, Dubnica, to train. Their season has just finished and I’ve been doing some individual stuff in the gym, and some running.”
“It’s the last year of my contract so I’m basically fighting for a new deal and to try to impress the manager.
“Pre-season is tough so you want to come back ready. I think it’s the same for everyone – all the other boys will be doing some work while they’re off.”
“But if you want to impress, you’ve got to do more than everyone else and see what happens.
“I’m looking forward to getting back. I haven’t been playing for Newcastle for a while – I was out on loan which was good but also frustrating as well, because of York’s results – and I haven’t seen the lads for a while.”
Lubo joined Newcastle four years ago and he turns 21 in December, so he must do well this season, otherwise he is likely to be released next May.
What do you think?