News today that Newcastle young midfielder Mackenzie Heaney will leave the club at the end of the season.
It’s just a little worrying because he is a good young prospect and this follows 16-year-old Lewis Gibson leaving the club last summer.
Lewis was one of our very top prospects but decided to leave the club to move to Everton for a fee that could eventually rise to £6M.
The Chronicle is reporting that Heaney was capped at schoolboy level for Scotland but has since been capped at the England U18 level, and he has six caps.
Mackenzie Heaney – in England colors
However, Heaney is not getting the playing time he needs on Tyneside to improve and has made only seven appearances for the U23 team this season.
It looks like he’s moving on to rekindle his career.
The Reserve (U23) side has also had a rough season, and currently, the U23 manager Peter Beardsley is suspended.
And the Newcastle U23 side are currently second bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2 with only four wins in their 16 games – West Brom are the bottom club in the league.
Mackenzie Heaney is from Walker, and there is already interest in him from Norwich City.
Rafa Benitez has released most of the young reserve players whose contracts run out at the end of June, and he is not satisfied with the quality of players at the U23 level.
Not many players are coming through to challenge for a position in the first team, and that has got to change.
Rafa wants to improve both the Youth Academy at Newcastle and the quality of the players in Newcastle’s reserve side.
We could even see new appointments coming from the manager in the summer of coaches at both the Youth and U23 levels.
What do you think?