Newcastle have had a few rocky loan situations with some of our top prospects recently. None more glaring than that of striker Elias Sorensen, who has been recalled early from his two failed loans to Blackpool and Carlisle, respectively.
However, there have been some successes as well. That is particularly the case this season with two Magpies currently out on loan.
Freddie Woodman has been outstanding for Swansea in the Championship as he has gotten the first-team games he needs to develop. The 22-year-old has started every league game for the Swans this season.
There’s also Gateshead-born midfielder Dan Barlaser, who has progressed by leaps over the past few months at Rotherham. Dan has done so well at the League One leaders that the Chronicle think Newcastle will take a long look at the 23-year-old this summer.
Dan ranks up there with some of the top performers in League One statistically. This is what Lee Ryder writes about Dan’s impressive stats for Rotherham:
The reports have shown that Barlaser’s performances are in the top 10 in League One, he is the third-best passer in the division, and his chances created, and interceptions per game are the best in the league.
Indeed, Barlaser is closing in on creating 50 chances opportunities that led to shots for Rotherham this season while also netting twice and making four assists.
At 23, this could be a make or break summer for Barlaser. Steve Bruce should give him every opportunity to prove himself. If he’s not quite ready yet, he could still go out on loan again to a Championship or even a Premier League side next season.
Dan signed a new contract before heading to Rotherham last summer; however, that will expire in 2021. So if he impresses during pre-season, he could get an extension. Even if he needs a little more seasoning on another loan spell, he could still be Newcastle’s plans for the 2021-22 season.