27 year-old Argentine International left-back Emiliano Insua was only 18 when Rafa Benitez handed him his first team debut for Liverpool against Portsmouth back on 28th April 2007.
Insua is full of praise for Rafa in an exclusive interview on FIFA.com that he gave earlier this week.
The left-back is now plying his trade at Stuttgart after leaving Liverpool in 2011 for Sporting Lisbon and then joining Atletico Madrid in 2013 before ending up at the Bundesliga club two years later.
Emiliano Insua – now at Stuttgart
In his final season for Liverpool before leaving for Sporting Lisbon he played 44 games in total and was a Liverpool regular.
And the way Rafa has been seen to give youngsters their chance throughout his career and in this case in particular – should come as very good news for the youngsters at Newcastle United, now that Rafa is in charge of all football matters at the famous Tyneside club.
Emiliano Insua and Rafa Benitez at Liverpool in press conference
This is some of what Insua has said on FIFA.com:
“I owe an incredible amount to Rafa Benitez and I will always be grateful to him.
“He gave me the opportunity to be a professional and play at a great club like Liverpool.”
“He is an excellent manager with an approach that differentiates him from the rest.”
“He spends all day working and is very focused on the smallest details.”
Newcastle signed two 20 year-olds in Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay yesterday for Peter Beardsley’s Development side – and we have four senior signings so far.
All the signings have mentioned a draw for them to come to Newcastle was manager Rafa Benitez.
So even though he is managing a second division club currently, he is still a big draw to players young and old.
And with good young players like Rolando Aarons. Adam Armstrong, Jamie Sterry and Ayoze Perez among others on Tyneside, they can look forward to getting their chance under the 56 year-old Spanish manager.
Rafa is also letting everybody know it is an exciting “project” underway at Newcastle and this kind of news can only help the club to attract more good players this summer and in January.
Here are the senior signings we have made so far this summer, with the latest news being that Arsenals’ Isaac Hayden and Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley could be signed before the weekend is over.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
Sounds good to us.