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Opinion: New deals won’t mean a thing if new boss doesn’t carry on the philosophy of youth

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Seeing as some fans had their minds elsewhere when it came to the announcement, I think it’s only fair that we give them the attention that they deserve.

The club announced on Wednesday that centre-back Mitch Roberts and midfielder Kane Thompson-Sommers have both signed two-year deals at the club, keeping them in royal blue until the summer of 2022. There’s been plenty of positive news coming out of the club in regards to the academy, with a number of deals offered, and then signed, back in May for some of the promising youngsters, and now add this news on top of it, at least we know that the future is going to be secure.

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Ex-boss Pep Clotet spoke about how much he values the youth in the club, and introduced players like Jude Bellingham at the start of the year, and then a few others towards the end of the year. His successor Steve Spooner carried on that mould, and hopefully the same will be done with the next head coach, with all signs at this stage pointing towards it being Aitor Karanka.

Whilst he hasn’t exactly been that kind when it comes to giving chances to young players in his previous jobs, hopefully this job will be different because of the limited budget he’s likely to work with (barring a major change of heart from the owners) and the array of talent that we have at our disposal, who let’s not forget have shown in the past what they are capable of doing.

The club made clear it wanted to use the youth players over the past 12 months or so, let’s just hope that the message came across when it came to negotiations between the prospective new head coaches.

What about you? What do you make of this news regarding the two youngsters?

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