The emergency transfer window opens tomorrow, and Newcastle will allow some of their players to go out on short-term loans to get some first team playing time, while at the same time keeping enough players available in the first team squad so that we have some strength in depth.
The window is open until November 25th and loans can be arranged from 28 days to 93 days.
Steve McClaren – sending players on loan a balancing act
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle seem willing to allow players like Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Yoan Gouffran, Lubo Satka, Gael Bigirimana and possibly Ivan Toney go out on loan.
As far as 19 year-old newcomer Ivan Toney is concerned, who we signed from Northampton in the summer, this is what head coach Steve McClaren had to say:
“He is one for the development squad,” “We will assess him. He has trained with the first team.”
“We will do that with the younger players if they are good enough to assess them and to give them a pathway – and we will make a decision.”
The players who will be allowed to be sent out on loan are those who are not making the bench every week, but we have to balance that with the fact we are going after the League Cup and the FA Cup this season, and therefore have to have a bigger squad than we’ve had in the past.
The other thing is whether we can recall more senior players in case we have a crisis of injuries and/or of suspensions as we had last season, and as always is the case, whether other teams want certain of our players.
But it appears that Mike Williamson will be allowed to go out on loan, and that Steven Taylor will be retained as back-up at center-back, although we would expect that either Mike or Jamaal Lascelles will be kept at the club so we have four good center-backs available.
We also have 22 year-old Australian International Curtis Good in the squad, but he’s still listed as one of Newcastle’s four injuries on Physioroom.com, with a persistent hip/thigh injury he’s had for over 18 months now.
The other three players injured are Paul Dummett (hamstring), Emmanuel Riviere (knee) and Sylvain Marveaux (Gilmore’s groin), who seems to have had that groin injury of his since July.
Sylvain could be loaned out and also 3rd choice goalkeeper Rob Elliott may want to get some playing time elsewhere.
It’s a balancing act by Steve McClaren, as he has to decide who gets some first team football away from Newcastle , while at the same time ensuring the squad is not weakened in case of injuries and suspensions.
The fact we have only four injuries at the moment, is (hopefully) a good sign that we have some control on the many injuries we seem to get every season.