There is a whole team of Newcastle loan players out there, spread across various divisions and even countries.
So what do they tell us about the underlying health of Newcastle United.
Here are the eleven players in question and a brief overview of how they are doing:
Adam Armstrong 19 years old (Coventry)
Having outstanding time in League One, scored 19 goals in 27 league appearances and destined to step up to the Championship next season.
Alex Gilliead 20 (Carlisle)
A relatively successful time for the young winger in League Two, scoring four goals and grabbing a number of assists, though has also spent a fair bit of time on the bench.
Brendan Pearson 19 (Gateshead)
Tuesday has seen his loan at Gateshead extended to end of season, yet to make his first experience in National League.
Florian Thauvin 23 (Marseille)
Disastrous £13m signing who showed nothing for Newcastle and is struggling back at Marseille – yet to score a goal or get an assist in his loan spell, there have also been reports in the French media of the fans giving him stick already.
Gael Bigirimana 22 (Coventry)
Made just five League One starts since going back to Coventry in November, is currently playing for the Under 21s and out of the matchday 18, as five other loan players (incl Armstrong) are rated ahead of him.
Haris Vuckic 23 (Wigan)
Scored just one goal in League One in his season long loan and made only five starts, has had injuries but when fit has spent most of the time on the bench.
Kyle Cameron 19 (York)
The young defender appears to have settled well in League Two and made seven starts so far since joining York in January.
Lubo Satka 20 (York)
Similar to Cameron, joined just over three weeks ago and has made four appearances – looking comfortable at League Two level.
Macauley Gillesphey 20 (Carlisle)
Struggled at first in League Two when going to Carlisle in September on loan and has split his time between first team and bench, though he has also been left out of the matchday squad on a number of occasions. Appears to have settled now and getting more game time.
Remy Cabella 25 (Marseille)
Another disastrous signing (his transfer fee in summer 2014 was reported as anything between £8m and £12m), on a season long loan at Marseille with option to buy. Has improved as season has gone on but still nowhere near the influence or level he showed when at Montpellier.
Sammy Ameobi 23 (Cardiff)
At Cardiff for the season, only eight starts in the Championship and 22 selections for the bench tells its own story, plus the fact he has scored only one goal. Turns 24 in May and struggling to impress even below Premier League level.
Yesterday there was an article on The Mag which showed that since January 2015 the three Newcastle teams (first team, Under 21s, under 18s) had a horrific record of only 26 wins in 118 matches.
So can we find any solace in those out on loan, coming back to inject quality throughout the club?
Well I’m afraid the answer is, not really.
You have players in three categories really;
Firstly, the two disastrous French signings who Newcastle are desperate to get some of their money back on and who look way off the quality needed.
Secondly, the trio of Ameobi, Vuckic and Bigirimana who showed small flashes of talent at Newcastle but clearly aren’t good enough for the Premier League and will hopefully get fixed up at a club lower down the leagues.
Thirdly, you have the younger players who are out at League One, Two and the National League and finding varying levels of relative success but obviously looking real long shots to ever make it at the top level, as they aren’t knocking the ball out of the park at the minute at these lower levels.
The big exception to the rule is obviously Adam Armstrong.
The Geordie striker is scoring for fun in League One and the very natural step will be to play in the Championship next season, hopefully for another loan club. not Newcastle United…
With the best will in the world, you can’t claim that Newcastle’s extensive loan deals are with the intention of developing a wave of new young talent for the first team in a year or two.
Sadly, it is further evidence of something lacking throughout the club, a rise in quality needed at all levels to allow our football club to compete and progress once more.
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