Yesterday it was reported in the Mail that Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser will be given a chance to earn a spot in the squad for next season. The Gateshead-born midfielder has spent the last two and a half seasons out on loan at Crewe Alexandra, Accrington Stanley, and Rotherham United.
His short spell at League Two Crewe did not go very well as he made just 4 substitute appearances before being recalled in April of 2018.
However, he rebounded the following year at Accrington Stanley, where he made 45 appearances. Then this past season at Rotherham, Barlaser raised his game to the next level, becoming one of the best midfielders in League One.
Tribal Football has spoken to one of Dan’s former Accrington teammates about 23-year-old’s progress over the past few seasons.
Dan Barlaser– while playing for Accrington Stanley
Accrington Stanley defender Mark Hughes was a senior figure at the club when Dan spent last season there. The 33-year-old was impressed with the playmaker’s ability. He also played against Barlaser this past season when Dan was at Rotherham.
This is what Hughes had to say when asked if he thinks Barlaser can have an impact at Newcastle United:
“100 per cent. He has a great personality and he is very technical, unbelievable technical ability.
“Every day in training you’d say to yourself, how have Accrington got him! Why isn’t he closer up the leagues!
“The more games we played you could sort of see why in terms maybe his off the ball, the tackling. His ability on the ball is Premier League standards but sometimes he maybe thought it was too easy, that U23’s mentality in terms of wanting to play at his own pace and chewing the ball a little bit.
“That was at the start, but I watched someone develop and as the season went on he just got better and better with the more games he had. His technical ability, in terms of my lower league career, he is the best I’ve played with, in terms of pinging a ball, in terms of passing.
“He has had Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce, and he could go into Newcastle now and they could have a new manager again so you need that bit of luck in terms of management but hopefully in the summer he can go back to Newcastle and get a chance to get close to the first-team because he’s definitely got the tools to be a top, top Premier League player.”
Barlaser has at least shown he is well above the League One level. However, whether he’s good enough for Newcastle remains to be seen. Though, it’s an excellent opportunity for the local lad to fight for a place this summer.
A lot is going to depend on what happens with the takeover. We expect it to go through sometime soon. At least that’s our hope.
If it does and Newcastle decide to go with another manager, we hope Dan is still given a chance to show what he’s got this summer.