Paul Robinson urged Newcastle United to invest in their training ground and academy as well as £70million ready-made stars.
The former Spurs goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested state of the art training facilities would entice signings whilst also help to develop the club’s young talent.
Football Insider revealed that the PCP Partners, who are expected to complete their takeover of the club this month, are to invest an initial £200million into the club’s infrastructure and recruitment.
The Athletic claims, having spoke to one of Amanda Staveley’s close advisors, that the club’s training facilities and academy are high on the agenda post-takeover.
Robinsons claimed, although not essential, investment into infrastructure will help bring sustained success to the Magpies.
“If you fill an awful training ground with £600million worth of talent, I am sure they will still perform on the pitch,” he told Football Insider.
“It is important that the first team have great recovery facilities and state of the art pitches which replicate what they play on.
“You develop an academy and a training ground to develop players.
“You have seen clubs lower down the leagues invest in their infrastructure to develop home-grown players in order to keep their club going. The perfect example is Crewe who have developed players at their academy and sold them on to keep their club going.
“Also if you want to sign a £70million player, as expected, and you bring him to a state of the art training ground it is going to help to broker the deal.”
Crewe Alexandra have become for their academy graduates over the years, having nurtured talents such as Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton, Rob Jones and David Vaughan.
Newcastle’s training ground, known as Darsley Park, was built in 2003 and has been the club’s training ground ever since.
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