Chris has talked today about the possibility of his two England U19 Internationals, Ryan Donaldson and Nile Ranger making loan moves shortly.
Ryan Donaldson – a loan move?
Both lads will probably play tonight in the Reserves game against Chelsea, and there are probably going to be quite a few scouts from other clubs at that game at St. James’ Park this evening.
Ryan started his career as a striker and played for the England U17 in that position, when in 15 games he scored a healthy 10 goals.
But he’s now been switched to play in central midfield, and for the England U19 side he’s played 10 times with just a single goal.
And it seems that Chris thinks the lad’s best position is now in central midfield, rather than up front, and Chris talked today to the Evening Chronicle about a possible loan spell for the Newcastle-born youngster:
“Probably, at this moment, if we had an opportunity to get Ryan out on loan, we would very much think about it.” “Most clubs have been waiting for the window to close.”
“He’s at a standard of football at the moment where last season he had a fair involvement with the first-team group.” “It’s certainly more difficult at the moment because of what we have in that first-team squad.”
“If there was a good enough opportunity for him to play regular first-team games for a short period of time, it would be something we would listen to.”
“And if I look where he’s plied his trade over the last year, his best position is central midfield.” “I would still probably have to say that.”
“He is a player who did play up front for England some years ago, and that’s something I wouldn’t say no to, and might be resurrected at some stage, but at this moment I would say central midfield.”
It would be good if Ryan does get a loan move through January, because it’s unlikely he will get many appearances for the Newcastle first team anytime soon.
And it appears that Chris doesn’t want to send our 19 year-old England U19 International striker Nile Ranger, out on loan, even though there are quite a few clubs lining up for him, and they would be only too willing to take Nile this season.
Apparently the number of clubs willing to take Nile on loan, or who have enquired about his availability, is now into double figures – well we already knew the lad is a very good striker in the making.