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These Two Players Still Unlikely To Be In 25-Man Squad – Loan Deals Probable

Steve Bruce gave both local lads Dan Barlaser and Sean Longstaff a start on Tuesday night at home to Blackburn in the second round of the Caracao Cup, and we scraped home with a 1-0 win, with the emphasis on scraped home.

It was a disappointing performance from a team that showed 10 changes from the side that had done so well at West Ham last Saturday.

But a win’s a win, and we now play Morecombe next week in the 3rd round, and hopefully we can also win that game.

The game was important for both young players, but particularly for Dan Barlaser, who is fighting to stay at Newcastle and be part of Bruce’s 25 man squad in the Premier League this season.

23-year-old Dan Barlaser in training this summer

Bruce talked about Barlaser in his press conference after the game as reported in the Chronicle today:

“It would have been nice if we’d had more possession and all the rest of it, but the kid did okay.”

“It was a difficult evening for us all, even my established Premier League players, let alone a young lad like him.”

“But I’m sure he’ll have enjoyed the experience even though it was hard going at times.”

We’re almost certain that both Barlaser and Jacob Murphy will return to the Championship teams they were on loan to last season.

Dan will return to Rotherham United for the season, and Jacob Murphy will be back at Sheffield Wednesday.

Both lads had very good seasons on loan last season and Steve Bruce wanted to take a look at them this summer.

But any chance they will stay at Newcastle has been diminished by the signing of the experienced Jeff Hendrick, and Ryan  Fraser.

And also the fact we didn’t have to use Matt Ritchie, to get Callum Wilson at the club – some great transfer work by Steve Bruce (and Lee Charnley).

We are still hoping we may get a couple more players in before this transfer window closes.

And Neil has reported today on the imminent acquisition of 21-year-old Peruvian attacking midfielder Rodrigo Vilca.

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13 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    How he has looked when I have seen him play I would actually be more inclined to keep him and then loan Matty and Sean out for game time

    The way we play under Bruce Shelvey is pretty integral to that so having someone with a similar passing style like Barlaser to bring on for Shelvey when he gets tired would be essential

    Sean just looks out of sorts and Matty well hes not going to be fit and will struggle for games when he comes back so needs a loan

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Agree Lee. Bruce sees him as a 10 or similar ( despite the abuse that the manager was getting on here by some guy saying bruce was making him play DM ) but Im just not sure he is good enough. oh for the 30mill now, but we probably need to admire the club for not cashing him in cheaply, as they are accused (incorrecty) of doing. I just wish we had, and cud sent 30mill on soumare or similar

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3


    Yeah hes just not been the same since his injury he did look great as the no 10 against Bournemouth

    But then you do wonder is he a 30 million no 10? Probably not needs to play every week to build confidence and fitness

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Completely agree Lee. Sean unfortunately is half the player he was when he first broke into the first team, maybe another loan can help him regain that form. I would like to see him have a string of games in the number 10 role though as he’s always looked much more comfortable there. Think Barlaser could do a decent job playing the odd game here and there and coming off the bench. Get both Longstaffs on loan to the same club to play together would be ideal.

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    guys we never had an offer off man u for longstaff,
    pure media hype and pr bullshit,

  • Zele

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m amazed, everyone thinks the same.

    Sean is a shadow of his former self and on recent performances doesn’t justify a place in the starting line-up.

    Is his lack of form temporary or permanent ? His head was turned by ManU but that was some time ago. Has his injury had a long lasting physical and / or mental effect that we are not aware of ?

    I can understand Bruce wanting to play him to kick start his ‘rehabilitation’ but it would be tough on others who are inform.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m a big fan of S Longstaff, it’s hard to judge any player in a make shift team like Tuesdays,
    I can only take positives from the game. The most important one for me was, the whole team fought for each other for 90 mins.
    I bet in training, these guys are used in many different roles and formations to test the first team, so I would like to see them in a run of games with our better quality players around them.

    One player I will single out, big Joe, he is not good enough for the premiership, everything about his game is of a lower std, his touch is abysmal, his energy is not there, its like he is only here for a pay check. I wouldn’t play him again.

  • mindshaft

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    There was never an offer for longstaff , not for 10 million or 30 million – the fact that manure were trying to buy young English players and S.Longstaff had been playing well made the media put 2+2 together and come up with 30 million

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes Munter, Mike and Lee are there to he admired, what a sterling job they’ve done.

  • mindshaft

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    The reality is that Bournemouth preferred a pure cash deal rather than having Ritchie on a part ex deal – Ritchie and Newcastle were keen on the move. Despite Ritchie’s desire and commitment he really doesn’t offer enough on the pitch – would have liked to see him leave providing we brought in a better replacement

  • AncientC

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11


    Nov 20, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #76
    Mourinho always likes to drop a big name player to assert himself. Kane will need to knuckle down, but I believe Delli Alli will be finished at Spurs under Mourinho.

    Just a shame my FF predictions aren’t quite as attuned.

    Congrats to Ledge, thoroughly deserved winner against me in the

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I had a stinker, but like I said to Asi, had I have captained Salah over AUB which flitted between the two every day for a week, Alli finishes that chance he had and Doherty finished Kane’s chip and you have with BPS an almost 30 point swing. Wasn’t to be so just have to dust yourself down and start again.

  • swisstone

    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #13

    I heard it – second hand – from someone who knows someone in the youth coaching team at NUFC that the interest in Longstaff from Man Utd was genuine. He apparently travelled to Manchester and met with club officials. Travelled back to Newcastle and never heard another word from them. Seems they cooled their interest rather than NUFC turned their offer down.


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