Even though we have had little success in this summer’s transfer market – the second time running that has happened – there is still more competition for places this season than there was last season at this time, and a number of fringe players will find it difficult to get a game or even make the bench.
Romain Amalfitano – hasn’t made the grade on Tyenside
So Alan Pardew is likely to sanction some loan moves so that some of his first teamers can get regular football elsewhere, and four players likely to move are Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Curtis Good and 18 year-old Adam Campbell.
All four players need regular football to progress, and Haris Vuckic still has to prove he can play regularly without picking up injuries which have blighted his time on Tyneside, since he arrived in January, 2009.
But one player who looks to have cemented his first team squad and at least a place on the bench this season is young Sammy Ameobi, who has looked good in pre-season, and when he’s appeared for the Newcastle first team.
And two other youngsters where it seems touch and go whether they will be moved out on loan are Gael Bigirimana and Massadio Haidara, who has not played yet this season due to injury.
Gael played 25 times last season for Newcastle and was impressive, and doesn’t want to be sent out on loan, but that could still happen for his own good.
Gabby Obertan has not been a success on Tyneside, and is probably now surplus to requirements, which also seems true of Mehdi Abeid and Romain Amalfitano who are out on loan for the season at Panathinaikos and Dijon respectively.
Abeid joined a couple of years ago as a free agent, and Amalfitano joined last summer, also as a free agent, but both struggled last season.
And for those who have now turned 21 at the club – including players like Vuckic, James Tavernier, Conor Newton, Paul Dummett, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi, this is an important season for them to show they can be part of Newcastle’s first team squad in the future.
So it’s important for them to start playing well either at Newcastle, or out on loan, if they are to have futures at Newcastle.
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