Chris Hughton is already thinking through who to bring into the club over the summer, and which youngsters need regular playing time to further their football development, and therefore need to be sent out on loan.
Nile Ranger — 19 year-old out on loan to Leeds United?
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that the Tyneside club will allow England U19 International Nile Ranger, Scotland U19 International Brad Inman, Fraser Forster and England U19 International Ryan Donaldson to go out on temporary loan deals next season.
And according to manager Chris Hughton, he is already receiving a number of calls for some of these very good youngsters.
Nile Ranger may well be going to Leeds United, to fill in for the departing Jermaine Beckford, and he would get loads of experience playing for a great club like Leeds.
Apparently the 19-year-old London-born striker was offered to Leeds on loan, as part of a proposed deal for Beckford in the January transfer window.
But the transfer collapsed because Leeds refused Newcastle’s £1.8M offer for the player, and wanted to keep Jermaine at Elland Road. Since Leeds got an automatic promotion spot back to the Championship, they are probably very happy that’s what they ended up doing, in retrospect.
Australian-born Inman, 18, and local striker-midfielder Ryan Donaldson, will also gain valuable playing time by going out on loan.
Inman is of course nicknamed “Kaka”, because of his similarity in play to the great Brazilian, and local boy Ryan needs to get games under his belt to progress.
Fraser Forster and Nile Ranger could both end up at Leeds, since the Yorkshire club have already indicated they would like the 22 year-old goalkeeper on loan next season.
It’s great these lads will go out on loan to gain valuable playing experience, and if all goes well and they progress according to plan, they could be ready next year at this time to push for a first team place on Tyneside.
That would be the plan, in any case.