A fundamental part of running an effective, and competitive football club, is the nurturing of young talent, as well as ensuring that players on the fringe of the first team squad get playing time in order to challenge for a starting role in the first team. One of the best ways of doing this is to send out these players on loan to other clubs.
The dilemma facing the Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, this season is, who do I send on loan, and who do I keep as part of my first team plans this season? Our lack of transfer dealings in the summer has left us with a squad that is very young (4th youngest in Premier League) and more importantly, these young players have very limited Premier League experience.
We have already seen what a loan spell can do for the development of first team players, with Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi looking sharp following respective loan spells to St Mirren and Middlesbrough. With a stronger first team squad we should be sending these players out on loan again, along with the likes of Curtis Good, Remi Streete, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Adam Campbell but the reality is that some of these players will not get to go on loan, due to being needed to provide first team cover. This is where Newcastle United fail in developing young talent, in my opinion.
Hopefully Alan Pardew understands the necessity of getting his young guns firing for another club before coming back sharper and more ready to challenge our own first team, but unfortunately, they could be made to languish on our bench and in our reserves once more and miss out on vital games that could give us that competition for places that most fans know we are lacking in.
What do you think?