It’s been a policy since early 2008 that Newcastle would try to bring in top young players to the club and once on Tyneside they would be developed into top players who could play for the first team.
But it hasn’t worked, but that’s still the policy Mike Ashley wants to follow.
And it doesn’t seem that Rafa Benitez disagrees with that, but it will take time to develop these players.
The latest youngster attracting Newcastle’s attention is 18-year-old Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi.
The article in France Football reports that Newcastle are one of several top clubs watching the youngster.
18-year-old Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi
Brahimi is an attacking midfielder who can play on the left-wing, and he made his first-team debut earlier this season but has only played once for the Boro first team.
He has been impressive playing in the Middlesbrough youth team and is said to be interesting RB Leipzig and Rennes as well as the Magpies.
He joined Middlesbrough last summer from Leixoes in Portugal on a two-year deal.
Newcastle were interested in the player last summer, and we could make a move for him in January or next summer.
His contract at Middlesbrough runs out in June of next year.
Here’s what the teenager said in Mercato earlier this season:
“I still have a year on my contract so my goal is to have a big season and sign a professional contract with Boro,”
“I want to be with the pros as quickly as possible, this is a decisive year for me.
“To play for the pros at 18, that does not happen to everyone. The coach put trust in me, which gives me great pride.
“I made a lot of sacrifices to get there. If I work hard and well, I hope I can play in the Premier League some day.”
“My dream is to win the Champions League and a World Cup.”
If Rafa Benitez decides to stay at Newcastle, he will want to sign some top young players for Newcastle.
He is keen to rebuild the Youth Academy so we can get players coming through to the first team.
The manager has already said the goal of the policy would be to get one young player joining the first team squad every summer.