The emerging young duo who could be set to save Rafa millions

Football FanCast guest columnist Lee Bryson thinks
the emergence of Insua and Ngog this season could see Rafa save himself a
fortune as a result.

I remember reading an article once and the general theme
of it was that ‘if you are good enough, then you’ll old enough – unless you are
a part of Liverpool’s academy set-up’. Whilst the article brought about a mixed
response, there was a large percentage who certainly felt that was the case and
Rafa had wasted the opportunity to blood some youngsters in the first team
set-up.

Why that could certainly ring true, there is
also a train of thought that perhaps the quality isn’t there at all and Rafa is
right to ignore them and instead look to bring in his own youngsters. Over the
past two seasons we have seen the likes of David Ngog and Emiliano Insua brought
in to complement the academy graduates like Jay Spearing and Stephen Darby, in
pushing for the first team squad. My view is that the quality hasn’t been
there, hence why Rafa has made huge changes behind the scenes with the academy
set-up this summer.

It was vital that it was addressed, as you only
have to look at how over the years United have benefited greatly from a
continued turnover of good young players who have all staked a claim for a
first team place. While we can bemoan the amount of millions that Fergie has at
his disposal, it is worth pointing out that he has saved a load of money in the
process by putting faith in the likes of Evans, Gibson, Fletcher, O’Shea and
the Da Silva twins. Rafa unfortunately hasn’t been in a position or arguably
had the quality to be able to do so to date, although it is clearly something,
this season, he is looking to address.

While it was refreshing to see Spearing get his
chance last night, I think two players that certainly look like they are going
to make a significant impact this season are Insua and Ngog. The Argentine in
particular has been a revelation at left back this season, while I have been
impressed with the desire of Ngog, when he has come on and yesterday he showed
that he has a lot to give us in the final third. There is no doubt that the
left back area and another striker appeared to be most supporters’ priority
lists during the summer and there was an air of disappointment that Benitez
addressed neither. Whether it was a case of the funds not being available, or
simply that Rafa simply had faith in the young duo, we will no not, but either
way their breakthroughs are of huge significance to the team. I think sometimes
as supporters we are guilty of believing that buying players is the simple
solution to everything, instead of embracing what we may have in reserve. The
duo in question, especially Insua, are not only stepping up to the plate and
filling the squad’s unquestionable voids, but you do feel their emergence is
subsequently going to save us a shed load of cash in the future.