It’s very difficult for Newcastle’s younger players to improve their game by only playing in the Newcastle U21 (Reserve) side, and that has become obvious over the last season, where a few of Newcastle’s youngsters did well out on loan to other clubs.
Mehdi Abeid in action for Panathinaikos
In particular they were James Tavernier at Rotherham and Mehdi Abeid at Greek side Panathinaikos, but other players did not fare so well, and they included Shane Ferguson (Birmingham), Adam Campbell (St. Mirren) and Haris Vuckic (Rotherham).
And the Newcastle manager has told the Shields Gazette today that he plans to use more loan deals next season for our up and coming players:
“Certainly, some of our younger players need to get opportunities.” “We’ll still look to loan players out next year.”
It could even be that most of the younger players at the club are loaned out next season, and they could again include Tavernier, Vuckic, Ferguson, Abeid and Campbell.
And maybe one of those would be part of the first team squad at Newcastle – probably Mehdi Abeid who had an outstanding loan spell in Greece.
Other players who could be loaned out are said to include South Shields born center-back Remie Streete, who has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and has yet to prove he is capable of coming through into the Newcastle first team.
If we were to unload one of those younger players this summer (most are now in their early 20s), it could well be Shane Ferguson, who seemed to go backwards at Birmingham last season, and found it very difficult this year to even make the bench at the Championship club, who survived relegation with a stoppage time goal in their very last league game.
And we could see some of our top youngsters like Olivier Kemen, Freddie Woodman, Lubo Satka and Kevin Mbabu – move on loan to lower league clubs – like Gateshead as one example – so they can get first team experience.
We think (hope) that local lad Adam Armstrong will be good enough to be in the first team squad at Newcastle next season.
Loan moves are really the only sure way to give the lads first team football, and see how they react to being a first team player week in and week out at other clubs.
Sounds good to us.