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Former Teammate Backs Magpie To Make It At Newcastle



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.


162 comments so far

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 9, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    “One of the best midfielders in league one” doesn’t fill me with confidence. If he’s not standing head and shoulders above the other players in that league, he’s not prem standard yet.

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  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    So, Charmless wants to extend Carroll’s contract? That’s indicative of what’s in store if Ashley’s in charge.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Extending Carroll’s contract is beyond stupid. The guy is an extremely expensive sick note! If we are to be taken over how can this be possible?

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve already said my piece on how non – viable the idea of extending Carroll’s stay is. It’s like catchy in a skyscraper lift. Stupid on so many levels.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    The reason this phantom second bidder story isn’t credible is because investment in a PL club is a dicey business as it’s dominated by experienced major competitors. It means that the buyer would have to have a disposable sum, NOT a risk sum that eats well into resources. That lets out sub billionaires imho.

    It’s especially more relevant at the moment seeing as the league is still suspended, the outcome of this year’s competition is still undecided, and the near future of football, attending matches, etc is virtually up in the air. It requires someone or something with a lot of disposable investment cash and can afford to lose it if the gamble to muscle in on the main competitors fails. Conclusion – there is no phantom seconds bidder. Smoke, mirrors.

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  • Thump

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Is Carroll’s extension not just to the end of the season?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    thump

    the article says the club are open to AC staying beyond this season

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #8

    What end of what season?

    😀

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Thump that’s what it is,players who’s contact runs out on June 31 can be offered a contract extension until seasons close.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Northumbrian

    Its not, at least the article about the 3 of them says its about giving AC next season too.

    “As they seek to navigate the unique circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic and a takeover saga which has complicated the decision-making process at St James’ Park, Newcastle United have told Andy Carroll that they are open to him staying at the club beyond this season.

    The Athletic understands that Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director, last week made contact with representatives of Carroll, Matty Longstaff and Javier Manquillo, all of whom are out of contract at the end of the month, floating the prospect of extended deals, as well as asking them to sign short-term extensions that would allow them to figure in Newcastle’s final nine league matches.”

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    We beat
    @Boro
    ‘s first team 3-2 today in a behind-closed doors friendly at the Newcastle United Training Centre!

    We’ll bring you goals from
    @yoshimuto18
    , Miguel Almíron and Joelinton shortly.

    Big Joe again, what odds on finishing as golden boot?????

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Goth agreed mate but they can walk away end of june if they want and the short term extension gives them extra time to negotiate.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    The Hit Man and Her

    Sheff United, Watford, Bournemouth, Burnley and Norwich’s owners are all estimated as being worth less than £300m, so we could have a sub-billionnaire and still be worth almost 4x as much as the team currently in 7th (Sheff Utd, £255m estimated worth), almost 10x as much as the side currently sitting in 10th (Burnley, £100m estimated worth), and more than 30x that of the poorest club in the league (Norwich, estimated £30m worth).

    I would say that £750m would be more than enough to buy our club and properly invest over a few seasons to bring the club up to the next level.

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Gives the club @12

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Hmm I’m posting something the blogmaster doesn’t like…

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    There would be no point at all in spending £300m to then carefully trudge through season after season hoping the club would somehow scale the walls of top competition and the returns on investment in the meantime would be offputting. Omparing us to the worth of clubs you mentioned doesn’t match up.

    Yes it can be done with less wealth. By WHY is another question.

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  • toon22

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Yep
    Dragging on forever
    No comments
    The usual 2nd bidder

    Smells like the usual fakeover don’t it

    I’d guess this years “ sale “ is needed to cover him robbing the fans too

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  • toon22

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Why’s Penfold offering anything to anyone?
    Arnt the accounts frozen , locked or fiddled in ways we can’t imagine

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  • Thump

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #19

    @gothmog: Cheers mate, saw it last night and assumed it was just to ensure contracts expire afterwards.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #20

    If AC bangs in a few goals or even gives some good assists there will be a change of tune on here.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19
    GT regarding your jokes, you get what you pay for.

    Enjoy your outing, let us know what the end of your street looks like today won’t you?

    Tsunki have you been out of your room at ST NICKS YET !!! …

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Aaaand another thing Kevin the club’s you mentioned bar Watford have all clambered following heavy championship investment to get themselves sat at the pl table and enjoy the TV rights money. Bournemouth have currently established a mid to upper form but no way you can say they are at the top table or look like it. The others either too early to tell or just happy to be at the party. Watford have been happy to wallow mid table for a while now with few designs on doing any better. None have been outright purchase while riding profitably in the PL and for such a price. Anyone buying us with his pockets turned out would be like the guy in the Rolls Royce showroom taking delivery and asking what the MPG is on his new motor. 🙂

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Not following you gt.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow, just listening to Frederick Forsyth’s new spy novel, it all but names Abromovich as a former gangland rapist, bank robber etc, who had his criminal past erased by Putin and moved to London to buy a football club, expelled from UK after a failed KGB blackmail and kidnapping of a child??? I know it’s a novel but Forsyth is very well researched and that is very close to the bone 😮

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Hit Man,

    Our club posted profits of well over £30 million a year in recent years, and we consistently post similar profits whenever we stay in the top flight. That means any prospective owner should be able to spend at least £130m a year for the first 4 seasons and will only have to invest £100m a year of that themselves. That’s an exceptionally high level of sustained investment.

    This means an owner worth £750m could buy the club and invest at a level that should be more than adequate to take us up a level, and provided their other business interests are turning a steady profit they could ride out 4 years without having to make a penny extra from the club compared to previous years.

    What I would expect is that any new owner will invest a little more to start with (due to our current very healthy position for FFP regulations) and aim to bring the club’s revenue up to bolster future profits. If we can break into Europe within 2-3 seasons, our profits will take a massive step up again.

    Personally I think £750m would be plenty, and I think it’s more important that the owners are willing to invest than that they have the money to begin with. If MA has taught us anything, it’s that wealth is no guarantee of investment.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #28

    The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23
    Not following you gt…

    you ever been to Newcastle Tsunki ? …

    St Nicholas Hospital is an NHS psychiatric hospital located in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK. The entrance is located on Jubilee Road. The buildings range from Victorian-era to modern facilities and occupies 12 hectares of land. It is managed by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust…

    St Nicks follow now ?…

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  • Jib

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Kevin but that’s on Ashley’s model which does not sustain competition, as has been shown it is an engine that drives his other interests primarily, and barely provides residency in the pl while farming out profitability to sports direct and his own pocket. Didn’t Ashley have over £100m still lodged in the club? So that masks the profits a bit when that gets pulled out. A new owner would not be benefitting in the same way, hopefully that is.

    And again, given the current circumstances the careful investment you propose is a bigger risk now than ever with such uncertainty over the revenue areas that will be affected. That’s not something someone would quickly blow half his personal wealth on I reckon.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    And to add that’s why i think there isn’t a long queue of buyers. Possibly not even one dare I say.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Hit Man,

    So how much have Leicester had to spend to get theirselves to 3rd this season? That’s a quality side they have assembled on an extremely tight budget. Some clubs buy success, for sure. Others build it from the ground up by investing in the right areas. There’s no reason we need to do the former to be a successful club. £100m a season for players should be more than enough investment to keep the club moving in the right direction looking at investment levels and profits of other succesful clubs.

    1
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh yeah I kinda thought that’s what you were hinting at but haven’t you heard? There’s nowhere called St Nicks in Hartlepool 😉

    Have you got any more tests of how much a supporter I am bar my knowledge of Tyneside nuthouses? Sorry if that’s a bit nuthouseist.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki …

    i never said you you were not a supporter of wor club your chucking the Hartlepool card in now … 😀

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes but Kevin how much have Leeds and Aston villa spent? It doesn’t always work does it? And now you’re talking about risks taken at lower levels not shedding £350m and half your piggy bank to try and let’s be realistic, get into the top five and consistent European competition, in order to get the branding and merchandising going?

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry GT I thought you might want to jump on the monkey hanger bandwagon. It’s comforting to think you only look at me as an atypical northern-type lunatic. 🙂

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail – can’t wait for the film. Will Tom Hanks be in it?

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  • Thump

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    @toon22: Contractual obligations are exactly what they say on the tin – an obligation. It’ll be discussed with the Mandy & friends and the Prem will be made aware of it ahead of time to ensure it’s factored in.

    As for refunding: It’s important to know how monthly season tickets are factored into the accounts.

    In accounting you have two methods: cash, and accrual. Cash is generally used by smaller businesses to report the funds they have actually received. On an accrual basis, you account everything as income regardless of the payment terms.

    Let’s say you enter into a 10 month payment plan for a season ticket, so each month you see £60 drop out of your account. As you no longer have access to these funds, you mark it as an expense, and you move on with your day (this is the Cash accounting method).

    The club, however, doesn’t acknowledge the monthly payments. It means nothing to them, because as soon as they received your request for purchase, they included the cumulative value of your direct debit as one payment of £600, making them “richer” as they know you will pay the remaining balance. This is made worse because the annual subscriptions were paid to

    So what does any of this mean? It means that if they affect the books, they’re going to have some additional work just to show these funds have left the books, which impacts their end of year statement, which lessens the revenue, which Ashley doesn’t want in a sensitive time.

    Does that make him any less of a fat useless kernt? Not at all, but I’d be surprised if anybody expected any different from a man who has caused 13 years of anger and sadness to a fan base that welcomed him with open arms. His view is he has not broken any rules, so he’s in the right. No fscking scruples.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    So…there’s a Hartlepool card……hmmm……

    0
  • Thump

    Jun 9, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #40

    @Hit man: Aye, they give them out at the Jobcentre mate 😉

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