Newcastle Linked With Former Barcelona Youngster

Rafa Benitez will be trying to bring some younger players into the club this summer – players who can be coached on Tyneside to become possible first-team players at Newcastle.

The Chronicle have identified one of those players today as young Spanish central midfielder Alejandro Viedma who is currently at Sevilla.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa’s contacts in Spain have alerted him to the talented individual.

19-year-old Spanish central midfielder Alejandro Viedma

The teenager has a contract that runs through the end of June so he could be available for a bargain price.

He came through the Barcelona Youth Academy but two years ago signed on at Sevilla.

He played for Sevilla’s reserve side last season in LaLiga2 and made four appearances, so he hasn’t had much playing time at Sevilla.

Newcastle will need to pay some compensation for Viedma, but again he should come at a decent price.

Whether he is signed by Newcastle will depend on how much manager Rafa Benitez rates the player.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 22, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    If you can’t coach local youngsters, you have to fill your academy with imported talent. Even if you can coach local youngsters (we don;t seem to be able to) it makes sense to bring in some talent to inspire and pass on skills. This lad would fit in with that policy, along with Victor Fernandez and Yannick Toure

  • NUFCadon

    May 22, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I would love it Rafa could pick some real gems that are not a fortune this season. like he did at Liverpool signing players like xabi alonso

  • Jib

    May 22, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    This kids dad Juan Antonio Viedma was a Spanish
    second division journeyman player who played at
    Linares.(where he played a full season)
    At that time Rafa was managing in the Spanish 2nd division
    His career was cut short at 22 (knee ligaments) at Motril 2001

    Rafa played for Linares for a season (85/86).

    Hard not to believe that Rafa knows the family

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 22, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Obviously you want a top Academy, but in truth it’s quite rare for an Academy product to break through to the first team at any epl club, it being such a giant leap from the reserves to the first team. A good Academy can produce good pro’s though and so assist cash flow while also producing the occasional 1st team player. Newcastle are notorious not so much for it’s poor Academy, but because so many good players seem to come from the area but have been lost to other clubs. Hot bed of football as it’s famously known. Rafa will know all about of all this, and being a teacher and hands on coach, it no doubt offends his sensibilities.

  • Jib

    May 22, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m sure I’ve said it before
    Rafa is quoted as saying
    he likes to recruit kids who
    have been through a good
    academy (this one was at Barca’s)
    because they learn good habits early.
    Joselu was playing at Madrids at 19
    There’s always exceptions to prove the rule


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