Players Unlikely To Be Recalled From Loan Spells


Rafa Benitez and the U21 coaches have some decisions to make soon on whether to recall some of the younger players from their loan spells,  with January 3rd being the date when the current half season loan spells end.

Those players who have been in the first team squad who are out on loan for a half season are Adam Armstrong (Barnsley), Jamie Sterry (Coventry), Sammy Ameobi (Bolton) and Haris Vuckic (Bradford City) – so a decision has to be made on each one of them.

Adam Armstrong with Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom

Adam Armstrong has done reasonably well at Barnsley having played 14 games with 3 goals and one assist.

The 19 year-old has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and it seems that our coaches are in good contact with him after each game – which is good to hear:

“They speak to me pretty much after every game.” “The U21s coach Ben Dawson keeps in touch with everyone out on loan.”

“I’ve worked with him since I’ve been at the Academy, so it’s good to get his point of view.”

“He just asks how the game has gone, what I’ve done well and how I could have done better.”

“If I’ve played well I tell them I’ve played well and if I’ve played bad then I tell them I’ve played bad!”

“It’s an honest thing between us.” “I think they have someone who comes out to watch the games.”

Here is a list of the players out on loan this season and when their loan deals run out.

Players on LoanLoan PeriodClub
Florian ThauvinSeasonMarseille
Siem de JongSeasonPSV
Kevin MbabuSeasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetSeasonSt. Etienne
Tim KrulSeasonAjax
Adam ArmstrongJanuaryBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereSeasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryJanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicJanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiJanuaryBolton Wanderers

Jamie Sterry has played 18 times for Coventry with one goal and one assist, Sammy Ameobi has 18 appearances for Bolton with three goals and one assist and finally Haris Vuckic has 11 appearances for Bradford City with four goals and two assists.

With very few injuries at Newcastle and some new players being brought in during January, we seem to have more than enough players in the squad so we would be very surprised if any of the four are brought back from their loan spells.

That’s assuming the loan clubs want to extend their loans in January.

It’s much better that they get regular first team playing time out on loan for their development as players.

And of the four it looks like Armstrong and Sterry are the only ones who seem to have a future at the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • g.s.tooner

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I would flog (loan) Perez and bring Armstrong into the fold.

    His goal of the month in October was tasty….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Vukic has been arounf forever now, he’s a league one or two player as is Ameobi. Armstrong shoud stay where he is until the end of the season. Maybe bring him back for half a season next season to see how he does as there won’t be as much pressure to win next time, we won’t be pushing for CL or getting relegated. Then send him out on loan to a top Championship club if he needs it. We can put his three goals down to Barnsley not being that good but he needs to show he can bang them in in a good team.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t the “There are no comments yet” message previously say “please kick things off by filling out the form below” rather than the new “please enter the first comment”?

    Always thought it was asking for trouble telling people to kick things off. My guess however, nothing has changed.

    On thread…I think you’re right Ed, of those 4, I can’t see any returning in January. I haven’t really watched much of Barnsley to say whether Armstrong is doing well or not, but 3 goals and an assist in 14 games is unlikely to dislodge Gayle or Mitro, so I’d say it’s best to keep him playing.

    I’d have thought the only reason we’d recall them is if we plan to loan them to another club for the remainder of this season.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail…”there won’t be as much pressure to win next time, we won’t be pushing for CL or getting relegated”

    Bold statement. Sounds a little like mid-table mediocrity to me 🙂

    It will be interesting to see / hear Rafas plans for the PL…hopefully this summer.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    At the risk of getting a good shouting at, Lansbury is a good player who’d be an asset as a footballer to any team.

    Although I doubt if many on the blog would want him at the Toon.

    Another thing about that comedians performance is that I think he must have realised at half time he’d c*cked up as he let Hayden get away with some very hard tackles in the 2nd half imo.

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