Date: 23rd October 2018 at 12:00pm
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With Brighton and Hove Albion being Newcastle United’s seventh loss of the Premier League campaign of 2018/19 and with the club slipping to the bottom of the top-flight table last Saturday, plenty of fans have been discussing the options available to manager Rafa Benitez as we look to turn our form around.

With a number of players clearly being off form and out of confidence given their own showings this year, a number of fans feel it’s time for the Spanish gaffer to bite the bullet and turn to our Academy graduates at the club.

Given their highly-rated nature but almost anonymous standing at the club, at least these fans seem happy enough to accept the youngsters will make mistakes given they are still developing, but their freshness and excitement at pulling on a senior shirt might be exactly the lift we need to turn games in our direction.

Whether they should be more prominent in the starting XI or simply a greater option on the substitutes bench is for each fan to answer themselves – but youthful exuberance can often bring its own reward in football and provide that spark that forces change – even for misfiring seniors.

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