A bit of a strange one earlier today, with a suggestion that Newcastle United might send out more players on loan.
Today is the emergency loan deadline for clubs below the Premier League, their last chance to bring in reinforcements for the final stretch of the season.
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The Chronicle put forward five players as possibilities to go out and get playing time elsewhere.
The five were Adam Armstrong, Tom Heardman, Olivier Kemen, Lubomir Satka and Callum Roberts.
With Newcastle’s small squad and injuries exasperating that, it is hard to see how they could afford to loan anybody out who is remotely capable of kicking a ball in the Premier League.
Earlier today, John Carver revealed that for the foreseeable future the only player who might come back from injury is Mehdi Abeid, meaning Newcastle will have to reply on the same 18 players on duty against Arsenal.
That 18 included three of the five players listed above, with Adam Armstrong coming on from the bench and Satka & Kemen being unused subs.
They might be frighteningly inexperienced but the grim reality is that you’d then have to drop yet another level if there was any bizarre decision to let them go out to other clubs on a temporary basis.
As for Heardman and Roberts, it has to be a massive longshot that any League one or two club would see them as being able to come in and instantly do a job.
Roberts was sent back from Conference side Gateshead because he couldn’t get a game, though hopefully with maturity the teenage winger will progress.
Whilst 19 year old Heardman can’t get a regular starting place in the Under 21s despite them not having a win in their last nine matches.
A massive job ahead for whoever is (hopefully) brought in this summer to sort out Newcastle United at all levels.
Investment is needed at all levels of the club I’d be amazed if anybody goes out on loan from Newcastle today.
Though I suppose you can never say never with Mike Ashley when there’s a few quid to be saved.