This Can Only Be Good News For Newcastle Youngsters

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 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

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

“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£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Sounds good to us.

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