One area of the club that Rafa Benitez knows must improve is the Youth Academy and the general way in which Newcastle bring young players through to the first team.
We haven’t seen much of that under Mike Ashley with Paul Dummett being the obvious one who is now a first-team regular.
The Newcastle U23 side lost 2-0 to Stoke last Wednesday night, and that was their fifth defeat on the trot, and it put Stoke 6 points clear of Newcastle who are second bottom of the league with only 14 points from 17 games.
Youth Academy manager Joe Joyce with Rafa Benitez two years ago
It’s clear that Rafa will have ideas on how to improve our system and it may mean new coaches coming into the club to train the youngsters.
Another unknown is what will Peter Beardsley’s status be this summer.
Beardsley has been suspended after the club conducted an investigation into how he treated some of the youngsters.
With the negative news about Beardsley and losing one of our top youngsters Lewis Gibson to Everton last summer, Rafa will need to fix the Youth Academy and the U23s (reserves) and at the very least get better players in.
That should lead to there being more and better youngsters coming through to the first team.
It’s easier said than done of course, but with Rafa at the club, he will know the changes that need to be made to our current failed system.