Rafa Benitez has given a wide-ranging interview to the local journalist, and he talks about the future of Newcastle United and what needs to be done if Newcastle are to compete in the top ten in the Premier League and even higher.
One area that has been consistently unsuccessful in the last eleven years under Mike Ashley us the Youth Academy and Rafa has talked again about why that area of the club must be improved if we are to become consistently successful.
We haven’t had enough youngsters coming through to compete for the first team, and that’s precisely what Rafa wants to see in the future.
Rafa Benitez – must improve the Youth Academy
Rafa also relies on the analysis of things before he makes any changes.
This is some of what he has said as he explains how things are entirely different from the Championship in the Premier League.
And he goes on to talk about the Academy in his fascinating interview in the Chronicle:
“The way that we work is to try to analyze what we have.”
“What can we improve? We’re trying to see if we can improve things all the time.”
“The main thing was to get promoted in the first season, then try to improve the Academy, try to improve the squad.”
“The Championship quality compared to Premier League is massively different. Once you’re back in the Premier League – that’s like a new start.”
“So we had to start all over again with all of these things. We’re trying to do it in the way I like to work.”
“It is to analyze.”
“We are analyzing the potential of the Academy and to see if we can change something so that we can have more players coming from that end.”
“We can’t compete at this level unless you spend massive money or if you can bring players from the Academy that can guarantee some passion, better ways, and to save money from a transfer fee.”
“It’s really important to do that.”
Rafa always seems to make a lot of sense when he talks about football and he’s a man at the very top of his profession.
There’s something really special about people who are world-class at what they do.
Rafa is no different and just to hear him speak or read what he says about football and Newcastle is really uplifting.
It is to me in any case.
Howay The Lads!!