One of the things that has impressed us with Steve McClaren, is that before August rolled around Steve had already sent three Newcastle players out on loan – Sammy Ameobi to Cardiff City for the season, Adam Armstrong to Coventry City and this week goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was sent out to Crawley Town on loan.
In the case of the two Newcastle teenagers it’s for an initial loan spell of six months until early January.
Freddie Woodman in action for Crawley on Wednesday night
In the past Newcastle have waited until late in August before they thought about sending players who need first team games out on loan, so this shows that McClaren and company know what needs to be done to bring on the teenagers – regular first team games.
That’s what the big clubs do – sent their players out on loan and they don’t wait until the last minute to do it.
Local lad Armstrong has gone to Coventry and their manager Tony Mobray said this about the England U19 striker:
“We’ve been looking to add quality to our forward line and despite his young age, I believe Adam will give us a fantastic option. It is an important stage of his development and he needs first-team games to progress as a player so this is a big chance for him in his career.”
“He’s only 18 years old he’s got the body of a man – he’s got mobility, he’s got power and he scores goals with both feet.”
Freddie Woodman the England U19 goalkeeper has impressed in pre-season, and he will be challenging for the first team jersey at Newcastle before too long.
He made his debut on Wednesday night, and Crawley Town manager Mark Yates seemed pleased:
“What Freddie did he did he did well. You can see he is a confident young man, I have been after him all summer and I’ve got him! There were one or two others after him, but we like him.¨
“I would like to thank Lee Charnley and everyone at Newcastle for allowing it to make it happen.¨
“The kid’s a great keeper and has got a tremendous future. The only way he’s going to get a start is in his first loan spell.”
Freddie does have a tremendous future in the game, and the way he played in pre-season for Newcastle will do him no harm at all.
With Sammy Ameobi it’s a little different and at 23 he’s no longer a youngster.
The loan to Cardiff City is a final chance for the winger to show Steve McClaren that he can still do a job at his home town club.
But unless Sammy has a great season in south Wales, it’s likely he will leave Newcastle next summer.,
Newcastle signed Sammy to a two year deal in July, and it really looks like it’s do or die season for the winger, as far as his Newcastle future is concerned.
What do you think?