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Rafa Benitez Talks About The Checkatrade Trophy And The Importance Of Our Youth Academy

Newcastle didn’t enter the Checkatrade Trophy last season, but we have decided to enter it this season as one of the 16 Category One Premier League sides.

All the EFL clubs of League One and League Two are automatically entered into the competition and it will be good for our youngsters to get games to further their development.

Manager Rafa Benitez has commented today in the local papers on what he thinks the competition can do for the Newcastle youth players and why it’s important.

A smiling Rafa Benitez

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“I think every year it’s more difficult because of the money.” “You can bring more players from abroad.”

“Normally, if you bring players from abroad, they have to be better.“

“So for the young lads, for the homegrown boys, it’s always more difficult to have an opportunity in the first team.”

“But it’s important for them to keep going, to keep working hard, and if they have talent, it’s ideal for any manager to have a player with talent in the Academy.”

“It’s easy to move him to the first team, but they will need some time.”

“I think the idea of the Academy is to change little things and to have the structure in place that will allow them to continue progressing.”

“They are working hard behind the scenes trying to do something a little bit different, and I think that will be good for the boys.”

“We will see how they progress in the future.”

The young players at Newcastle are very important to the manager as he is trying to set up a supply of good players who can come through to the first team squad.

WE need to develop them ourselves rather than having to buy players all the time which most of the top six clubs seems to be doing these days.

Finally, Newcastle’s  three fixtures in the Checkatrade Trophy happen to all be away from home.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Triple signing today please lads.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    A poster suggested that Mashers appearance in the courts has hampered our transfer dealings, the same poster believes everything Mashers says as gospel, he said it, it must be true. Mashers claimed to be the last person to know about transfer. So someone is wrong here.


    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    The likelihood of us developing players rather than buying them is slim, Woodman of the current batch maybe beyond that theres very little and our set up needs serious investment which isnt going to be high on the clubs priorities when the TV money is so high

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    WWSBRD that’s in direct contradiction to what Rafa, the manager of the club, has just said. He’s already brought in players for the academy, why would you doubt his word? It makes a lot of sense to build the academy and bring your own players through. Not only for the first team, but for sales as well.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Hoping for a better day on the transfer front

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib mouth almighty show me where I said I got one quick off the mark again your getting past your sell by date I said there £10 and know difference .

  • cyprus

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, re below, if they weren’t done in a hurry they surely didn’t do their homework well enough. See some of last year’s signings. The keeper and others.

    Anyway, I’m supporting Rafa here, you should be happy.

    In a hurry, we signed some duds last year and in the years past. Obviously, Rafa wants to make sure he improves on the squad with the new signings. He knows we need like 3-4 starters, or it will be a long relegation threatening battle.

    My point: we could sign 3-4 players today, thus appeasing the masses. There are thousands of players out there with going rates: pay the rate, he’s yours. But that’s not what we want. We have time.

    Should nothing work towards the end, we’ll do just that, with whomever is left. Or we’ll pay over the odds for a very good player.

    Masses appeased. Fingers crossed, proceed


    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #8

    I fail to read where Rafa says the club are committed to large investment in the youth set up and scouting, plenty about how hard it is to bring through players and that money in the league means that u buy foreign and get a better player rather than using homegrown something that is increasing year on year

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Aye the latter I think, Carver let slip in January that there’d be some big signings coming in during the summer, tbf last year it was only Cabella or was it Thauvan that was a dud,

  • nut meg

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I watched one of Liverpool’s games last season and the two commentators were talking about how Rafa overhauled the Liverpool academy and how they’re still reaping the rewards from his work. That would do for me !

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #11

    I said sometimes transfers get facilitated by owners talking to each other
    is all.

    Still got those English comprehension issues I see

    You said you wer buying a load for your mates the other day
    Don’t you remember /
    That’s the problem with drinking Raki for breakfast

  • Jack Root

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Just leave it you’re the very personification of what the average football fan thinks of Toon fans at large. You’ve reached the stage of seriously embarrassing all Newcastle fans.
    You’re all over the place, go and lay down in a dark room. Or simply just stop.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #13

    WWSBRD I didn’t mention large investment, neither did Rafa. He said he wants to build the academy making it ‘ideal for the manager’. He’s laying the groundwork for his project to grow, which sounds good to me. Building for the future, which Ashley probably hasn’t even thought about.
    Almost every player in the PL came through one academy or another, it makes sense to build ours so we can compete on every front. Great idea imo.

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    There’s a huge overhaul of FIFA due in the next couple of years.

    The transfer window was Blatter’s brainchild.

    The only people who seem to benefit are the ancillary folk in Footy
    the agents and other leeches.

    Hopefully the whole system may be scrapped in the afore-mentioned overhaul.
    Fingers crossed.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #15

    I see it’s going to be another day of snide digs and then denials, taking things deliberately out of context, and general repetitive niggle. Come on, people. Can’t we all just get along. Won’t somebody think of the children.


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