21-year-old Newcastle United midfielder Dan Barlaser has been on loan at Crewe Alexandra since late January and the loan deal is scheduled to last until the end of the season.
But Dan has not been getting all that much playing time at Crewe and has made just three sub appearances so far.
It may be that Crewe manager David Artell doesn’t rate the Gateshead born midfielder too highly, but there are plenty of games left this season for Dan to make his mark with the Railwaymen.
The central midfielder played the whole game for the U-23s yesterday in their 3-0 win against Colchester United.
Dan Barlaser – in one of his 2 appearances for Newcastle
That win ensures Newcastle qualify for the last 16 of the Premier League Cup as Group D winners.
This is what Dan has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I didn’t play on Saturday so I spoke to the gaffer (Artell) and to Ben Dawson and he said play and get some fitness.”
“It’s much different to playing for the reserves.”
“They were in a relegation battle when I went so he wasn’t playing me because he was wanting to keep clean sheets and he didn’t think I could do that.”
“Obviously we won on Saturday so we are 18th now so hopefully we can get higher up the table so I can get more minutes in the bank.”
“The first-team have been playing very well recently and that is my aim, to come back a better player and to try and get in the first-team”
With Peter Beardsley currently suspended by Newcastle, Ben Dawson is currently in charge the U-23 team.
And Rafa Benitez wanted Dan to play to give him match practice as Barlaser continued:
“Ben (Dawson) rang me yesterday and said that Benitez wanted me to play so that’s really good.”
“He shows that he lets the lads go out on loan to develop. I just want to get as many minutes as I can really.”
“Crewe play good football actually. Some of the games I have been on the bench and been involved, it’s long-ball football.”
“We are one of the teams that tries to play and that is good for me because I like to play as well so that can help me develop”
Barlaser will now return to Crewe for Saturday’s game against Forest Green Rovers after getting a game under his belt.
But he will need to start doing well for Crewe if he is to have a long-term future at Newcastle.