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 Loan||Loan Period||Club|
|Siem de Jong||Season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Season||St. Etienne|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||January||Bolton 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?