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.