The Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has cleared up some questions today.
Xisco – trying to dance?
Spanish U21 International Xisco missed the game on Saturday at Carlisle, but will be back available for the trip to Carrow Road this coming weekend.
It turns out he picked up a slight knock in training last week, and didn’t make the trip to Brunton Park, but just as a precautionary measure.
And after our article this morning on Ben Tozer, Chris has confirmed that 20 year-old Ben Tozer is indeed on trial at League One side Leyton Orient, but has not yet left St James’ Park.
The Plymouth-born defender, who arrived from Swindon Town in January of 2008, has also had trials with Yeovil Town.
The boy is contracted to Newcastle until 2012, with Newcastle insisting today that he was still their player – but does that mean they will be sending him out on loan to one of these clubs?
Or is the idea that one of the clubs will offer him a contract, and he will leave Newcastle? We think it’s the latter.
And it’s hardly surprising that Brighton manager Gus Poyet has said he wants19 year-old Kazenga LuaLua back on loan for next season at the south coast club.
He may get his wish too, because LuaLua needs games now to get to the next level, and there cannot be too much wrong with racking up some games for the Brighton & Hove Albion club.
Poyet said today:
“It’s not in our hands and we cannot finalise things so we need to keep waiting, unfortunately.”
Chris will no doubt want to see how Kazenga performs in pre-season, before deciding whether to let him go out on loan again.
Chris has his hands full deciding what’s next for the many great youngsters Newcastle currently have at the club, but those are the boys who will coming though in the future.
And of course it is so important that they are well handled now, if they are to become successful Newcastle United players of the future.
Written from Plymouth, England.