Should they stay or should they go?

Young player to go on loan this season?

Young player to go on loan this season?

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?

Comments welcome!



  1. These young players should definitely be out on loan. Obviously given our lack of depth or these younger players being needed to provide some depth it makes it difficult. We can insert call back clauses though, in case a (likely) situation arises where we find ourselves short. I can’t imagine the cost for this would be too much considering the players we’re talking about and no disrespect intended, but considering the type of teams we’re looking to loan to (championship etc).

    They should be sent out a.s.a.p to gain the needed experience, so when we do need them they’re ready. It’s not really that complicated, it once again shows the lack of understanding from the management at our club. There is no plan, it’s made up as they go along…far too reactionary for a club claiming to have ambition.

    Anyway, first post, unlikely to be my last. Good job so far Ciaran, keep it up 🙂


    1. Great assessment of the situation Peter, I totally agree. The problem is that some of these players are needed simply to make up the numbers for our first team squad ie Adam Campbell who sat on our bench for all of last season nearly. He wasn’t good enough to play, but had to stay to be a bench player which hampered his development.

      I’d like to see a better approach taken with our young guns to show that we appreciate and care about their development, but sadly this doesn’t seem like it is the case.


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