Newcastle’s young stars crashed 5-1 to Southampton on Monday night.

Things getting no better for the NUFC reserve team (Under 23s) who have now conceded 13 goals in their last four league matches, not having won a league game since 8 December 2017.

Newcastle now have plenty of young players out on loan but that is the norm for all Premier League clubs these days.

The game at Whitley Park saw the visitors dominate throughout and whilst Newcastle were unlucky to lose goalkeeper Paul Woolston to injury midway through the first half, they were very lucky to be only one down at half-time.

However, three more goals in the 15 minutes after the break gave a more realistic scoreline.

Newcastle got a very small consolation with 20 minutes to go when Varney scored from a corner but Southampton ended 5-1 winners after scored in the last few minutes.

Back in October Newcastle lost 6-2 on the south coast, so that makes it 11 goals conceded in the two matches against the Saints.

Newcastle United are second bottom of the second division of the reserve leagues, having conceded more goals than anybody else and only scoring more than rock bottom West Brom.

If, as we all hope, Rafa Benitez stays on long-term, he has a massive job on his hands in terms of one day making the youth set-up in any way as productive as clubs such as Southampton, who produce young player after young player through the ranks.

They and others don’t have some magic formula, so no reason why one day Newcastle can’t do the same, if having the right management in place long-term and the funding & facilities to help make it happen.