The latest emergency loan window opens today (Tuesday 9 February) and then shuts on March 24, giving Newcastle United a range of options.
Championship (and lower) clubs can bring in players but Premier League clubs can only loan players out, they can’t bring any in. However, no overseas players can be brought in during this window.
The loan deals can be for any time period between 28 days and 93 days – this is the final chance before the summer for Football League clubs to bring players in.
For Newcastle, there are two different options – trying to progress younger players by getting them matches at a lower level, as well as putting unwanted players in the shop window and saving a few quid on wages at the same time.
In the first instance, Freddie Woodman must surely be the prime candidate to go out once again. The young keeper enjoing his loan spell at League Two side Crawley Town, only then to be called back early due to Newcastle’s then goalkeeping crisis.
However, despite having the chance to sit on the first team bench a number of times, in terms of actual football he’s had precious little, even below Newcastle’s senior side.
For example, Monday night saw Karl Darlow between the sticks as Seydou Doumbia made his (reserve team) debut for Newcastle and so surely Woodman will be allowed/encouraged to go out on a temporary basis once again.
Rolando Aarons is maybe the highest profile younger player who could be in line to also go out but that looks to depend on how quickly senior players regain fitness in the next few weeks – with any potential loan deal for Aarons likely to come towards the end of this emergency loan window of opportunity.
As for those players United would like to shift, I find it difficult to believe that Newcastle would heavily subsidise any wages for the likes of Marveaux and Obertan (when fit) when their contracts only have another few months to run. Though the pragmatic approach would be any money that could be saved by getting them out as soon as possible would be a bonus.
Though the likes of Emmanuel Riviere and Yoan Gouffran would surely benefit from a loan arrangement, to at least get them playing games in the shop window, to give Newcastle even a remote chance of shifting them in the summer.
Recent weeks have seen interesting selections on the substitute bench.
Against West Ham both Riviere and Gouffran were named as subs, with the latter coming on.
Then at Watford the pair of them were joined by Marveaux, with both Riviere and Gouffran getting brought on.
Then at Everton there was no sign of Marveaux and Riviere, though Gouffran was an unused sub.
Then on Saturday all three were missing as Steve McClaren instead included three inexperienced kids instead.
It all suggests that things aren’t great in the relationship between management and the unwanted players, Newcastle paying the price for the recruitment of so many substandard overpaid players on too long contracts, who were initially seen as ‘bargain’ buys, instead of paying the price tage for the quality that was really needed.
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