Rafa Benitez has given an honest appraisal of his approach to the transfer market.
The Newcastle Manager saying that in an ideal world he would be bringing through a couple of players from Newcastle United’s Academy every season but that isn’t reality.
Rafa Benitez pointing to Paul Dummett as the rare exception currently, saying that his presence ‘is really good for the spirit of the team’.
Considering most Newcastle fans see the left-back as one of the weakest members of the current first team and a player who would/should be discarded if NUFC make it back into the Premier League, it gives some idea of the scale of the problem facing the Manager.
To be able to compete, the United boss says ‘you have to bring in players from outside’, which inevitably means many will be from overseas.
As to the depth of the issues facing Newcastle, Rafa Benitez says that this is even the case at the Academy level, not just at first team.
Rafa talking of signing players from the likes of ‘Spain, France, Holland or Italy’ and by his actions he has already shown that this is the only way forward at the minute.
Rafa Benitez recruited 18 year old Victor Fernandez and the Spaniard went straight into the Under 23s (reserve) team, another indication of how weak Rafa has discovered Newcastle are below first team level.
Fernandez is the sixth youngster recruited from around the World during this season, joining Otto Huuhtanen (Finland), Mo Sangare (Liberia), Elias Sorensen (Denmark), Juanito (Spain) and Tyrique Bartlett (son of former South African international Shaun Bartlett, who was at Charlton for six years).
Newcastle United are clearly a world away from having the youth development structure that sees certain other clubs produce player after player for their first teams.
The likes of Southampton, Everton, Leeds and others, have a production line that produces year after year.
Saturday saw yet another perfect example as 16 year old Ryan Sessegnon turned in a superb display and scored two goals to hand Fulham victory.
If Rafa Benitez gets the chance to build over a period of years, Newcastle United could one day be doing the same.
Rather than having some Newcastle fans still insisting that ‘young’ Sammy Ameobi is about to come good.
He turns 25 in May…
Rafa Benitez talking to NUFC TV:
“It would be perfect to have a lot of local players, homegrown players, playing in the first team…but it isn’t easy.
“It is not difficult here…it is not easy everywhere (else).
“You can sign players from Spain, France, Holland or Italy and they are just academy players – they go alongside the English ones.
“To have someone (like Paul Dummett) who can go into the first team and play so many games is really good for the spirit of the team.
“The ideal situation would be to bring a couple of players from our academy each year – but if you want to compete at the highest level it is difficult.
“If you want to do that you have to bring in players from outside, or abroad, to compete with the other teams.”