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This Can Only Be Good News For Newcastle Youngsters

9:26 am, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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 - seasonAjax
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - JanuaryBarnsley
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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Development squad · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM



    That’s true. Luck de Jong and Jon Dahl Tomasson are perfect examples.

    The standout activity in this transfer window is not the quality of the players as only time will tell but the way in which the club is doing its business and the timeliness getting them in before the friendlees start.

    Is this because we are in the Championship or the growing influence of Rafa. I like to think it’s the latter.

  • 2 jazzyp // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:39 AM


    I agree mate…Definitely the Rafa factor is having a big say on everything Nufc at the moment.
    Isaac if the permanent rumour is true must be signing with a view to being a first team starter, As there is no way he would be signing to just be a bench warmer, He could do that at the Gunners.
    The other signings are quality signings for the league we are in, But apart from Richie will they make the grade back in the PL ??

  • 3 Slank // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Jail @ 20 from previous article

    Before the transfer window opened I was concerned that being in the Championship may have seriously hindered the club’s attempt to attract players.

    But on the evidence to date it appears not so although I think the big draw is possibly our manager and the fact we are not having a fire sale of some of our high profile players.

    In a recent interview Gayle hit the nail on the head when he said that the atmosphere was of a promoted club not a relegated club. Positivity is breaking out everywhere.

  • 4 jazzyp // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Paul Wheelock
    Re: Grant Hanley. #nufc have made two bids, both of which have been turned down. Will ask Owen Coyle about the situation later. #rovers

  • 5 Slank // Jul 9, 2016 at 9:52 AM


    ‘will they make the grade back in the PL ??’

    I have been encouraged by the performance of Leicester, Iceland and Wales. Strong team spirit, motivated players and exceptionally good manager can overcome teams with ‘star players’

    If we get off to a winning start and maintain it for the first six games it should build up the confidence needed to take us through the season.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Jul 9, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Why are people moaning about our new signings, ffs, been crap in past Windows because we’ve been targeting players from the French league that either haven’t put the work rate and effort in, moved on to bigger clubs and failed miserably or still here moaning about how good they are and should be playing champions league football.

    Benitez have signed players who have got better work rate, much better than the French players we have got or had and not up their own backsides either.

  • 7 funlovingexpress // Jul 9, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Welsh Geordie it has nothing to do with the country players come from. As France have shown, they are far superior to England.

    There was a distinct lack of effort by the England team.

    I could also point out that neither Taylor nor Cisse were French.

    One of the best midfielders in the country, Kante, is French.

    A lot of our problems come from continually playing players out of position in the past.

    The French players seemed to bear the brunt of our bad selections.

    Gouffrann was a striker not a winger. He played wing when younger but wasnt very good on the wing.

    Rivierre is the type of striker who needs another striker alongside him.

    Sissoko is a central midfielder not a winger.

    Thauvin was never given a run in the team.

    Marveaux looked good but was injury prone.

    Ben Arfa was put on the wing even though he showed plenty of times he was more suited to being one of a front 3.

    Cabella took time to settle. He lost a lot of weight in England. No one has ever said why. He seriously looked half starved compared to how he looked in France.

    He also took time to settle but started to look the part before we sent him on loan.

    Mbiwa is a good CB. What happèened to that lad here was an absolute disgrace.

    These things affect form.

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