Teenager Told To Keep His Head Down – And Keep Working Hard


One of the many different tasks that Chris Hughton has as manager of Newcastle United,  is to keep the youngsters happy as they come through the ranks on Tyneside.

Ryan Donaldson – can he get a loan deal worked out?

And today there’s news about one of our youngsters, local lad Ryan Donaldson, the England Under-19 international,  who has made just one appearance for the Newcastle first team so far this season.

We always think the best thing for the young players at the club is to be playing, otherwise how do they improve?   – and we therefore like to see them loaned out to Championship or other clubs, whenever that is possible and workable.

And Chris Hughton has already said this season that Donaldson would be considered for a loan move, with news that Carlisle United and Sheffield United are taking a closer look at the 19 year-old midfielder.

It appears the loan window is now closed until February, at least for short-term deals, but longer term deals, like loans through the end of the season,  can still be negotiated.

If either of the two above clubs would want to take Ryan for the rest of the season, then why wouldn’t the Newcastle club jump at that opportunity for the youngster?

It seems the club would be very willing to do that as Chris Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Ryan:

“Ryan just needs to keep his head down and keep playing.” “I’ve always said if there was an opportunity to go out on loan then I would give him it.”

“Hopefully something like that might happen in the future.” “But in the meantime he just needs to keep his head down and keep working as hard as he can.”

Ryan may get his chance in early January in the FA Cup, when Newcastle visit Stevenage in the 3rd round, but we have to make sure we field a strong enough side to win that game. It would be great to have a good cup run next year.

Of course if no clubs come in with the offer to take one of the Newcastle youngsters, there’s also precious little that Chris Hughton can do about it.

But it’s good advice  to young Ryan Donaldson, to just keep his head down right now and work hard in training – his opportunity will come.

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