Newcastle have a number of younger players out on loan at the moment, players who are in their early twenties, and while they are all playing well at their loan clubs, we wonder if they will be good enough to get contract extensions at Newcastle.
Shane Ferguson – on loan at Birmingham
Sammy Ameobi (20) is at Middlesbrough, Conor Newton (21) and Paul Dummett (21) are at St. Mirren, Shane Ferguson (21) is at Birmingham, Mehdi Abeid (20) is at St. Johnstone and Brad Inman (21) is at Crewe Alexandra.
With the introduction of the five Frenchmen in January, and when you consider the standard of the three latest youngsters Newcastle have brought into the club – Gael Bigirimana, Massadio Haidara and 17 year-old Kevin Mbabu, the standards of all players at Newcastle is improving – including the standards of the younger players.
Of the six players listed above, we would now be surprised if Newcastle kept more than Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson – and even then those two players will need to do well while out on loan.
And we also think that James Tavernier (21) will have to work hard to stay at the club, although he earned a three year deal only last summer.
Most of these players are not really young any more, when you consider Gael is 19 and Massadio is 20, and they have both looked very good when playing in the first team this season..
Newcastle have already terminated the contracts of Xisco and Nile Ranger in January, and Steve Harper will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.
And Newcastle are expected to bring in four or five top youngsters in their late teens or early twenties this summer, and we are already being linked with some of those players.
Danny Simpson will be leaving when his contract runs out in June, and Newcastle may also look to sell Dan Gosling before his contract runs out next year, and there are rumors that Gabby Obertan wants to return to France to get first team football..
And Newcastle may even listen to offers for some of their younger players in the summer, who still have time left on their current contracts at the club.
It does like there could be big changes in the squad before September rolls around.
What do you think?
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