One of Newcastle’s up-and-coming young players is 20 year-old winger Alex Gilliead, who is currently on loan at Luton Town and his loan spell ends next month (January 7th) when some decisions have to be made whether to extend the loan until the end of the season.
So far Alex has made 19 appearances for Luton with one goal, so he is getting the playing time now after struggling at the start of his loan spell.
Luton manager Nathan wants the Shotley Bridge local lad to stay on at the club, but things are still getting sorted out.
Alex Gillead – on loan at Luton Town – loving it!
Certainly the lad himself seems delighted with his loan spell so far and he likes playing at Luton where he says he is growing as both a player and a person.
This is what Alex has said about his loan spell at Kenilworth Road:
“Yes, I’m here and I’m playing, I’m starting most weeks.” “At the start I wasn’t and was a bit frustrated, but now I am and I’m enjoying it.”
“I love it, I get on with all the lads, get on with all the staff and playing 90 minutes every week.”
“I’m learning all the time and developing as a player, so I don’t see why not.”
“I’ve been in contact with Newcastle and been in contact with my agent, I think they’ve been in contact with the club as well.”
“I think everything’s just getting talked about at the moment and just getting ironed out so it’s just seeing what’s going to happen.”
“Moving away from home, I’ve had to grow up a little bit.” “I’m not playing as an out-and-out wide man which is probably my position, I’m playing inside a bit.”
“So I’m learning a lot more about the way to play the inside role.
“In training the manager has got us doing a lot of different things, coming inside and going outside, movement, just trying to develop an all-round game for me.”
“Sometimes when we go 4-4-2 I enjoy playing out there, I just like playing on that right hand side or left hand side and getting isolated one on one.”
“I need to get more goals, need to get more assists, but I think playing a bit deeper and a bit narrower, that’s kind of brought me a bit further down the pitch, not as close to goal.”
“But no excuses, I should be getting more goals and more assists.”
“The manager and all the staff are telling me to shoot more, I just need to add that to my game and think if I do add that to my game, I’ll score more goals.”
“Everyone wants to score goals, everyone likes scoring, there’s three or four players who are chipping in with the goals.”
“But everyone else would and probably could chip in with the goals.”
Well the lad is certainly enthusiastic and that’s exactly what everybody likes to hear – a young player playing every week and learning while out on loan – that’s how the youngsters develop into top players.
It looks like the loan deal will be extended and that Alex will return to Newcastle in the summer a much better player for his experience at the Hatters.
Last season Alex was on loan at Carlisle United for the season where he played 41 times with 5 goals.