Rafa Benitez was asked yesterday about left-back Antonio Barreca, who has made only one short sub appearance for the team since he arrived in late January on loan from Monaco.
Barreca has been unlucky because Paul Dummett is fit again after being out more than two months with a hamstring problem.
And Paul has come back into the starting line-up, and Matt Ritchie is now starring in the left wing-back position and linking up well with Miguel Almiron.
Barreca sent out an Instagram earlier this week reminding people (like Rafa) that he was still here and available to play.
Rafa Benitez and Antonio Barreca in early February
Rafa Benitez has talked about Antonio Barreca and his now deleted Instagram message:
“I think he can improve in terms of linking with the others.”
“Sometimes now he wants to impress and he’s giving the ball away in situations where maybe he could manage a little bit better.”
“But still he is giving us his energy, his desire, and that’s something I think he will keep for a while.”
It seems like the Italian is trying too hard to impress.
It was obviously a huge opportunity for the 24-year-old to come to Newcastle on loan, but we cannot see him staying past his loan deal.
What do you think?