Young Newcastle loan star happy to extend his stay
Young Newcastle loan star Alex Gilliead says that he is more than happy to extend his stay at Luton Town.
The young winger/attacking midfielder turns 21 in February but believes his latest loan spell is helping him to develop as a player.
Making 19 appearances (all competitions) so far this season, Alex Gilliead is now enjoying regular football having started eight of the last ten League two matches.
Luton boss Nathan Jones has already said he hopes to keep the Newcastle player for the rest of the season and a number of times has stated that he sees Gilliead as a Premier League star of the future.
Rafa Benitez has numerous young players out on loan and whilst some are on year long deals, many of them see their current loans end in early January.
It will be interesting to see whether he takes the chance to have a look at any of them back in training at Newcastle but it looks much more likely that Alex Gilliead and the rest will all stay out on loan, whether at their current temporary homes or elsewhere.
The United boss has shown a big preference for relying on older experienced players in this promotion battle and hard to see that changing halfway through – it has already been reported by the Chronicle that Adam Armstrong will stay out on loan this season, rather than giving Rafa another potential option up front.
Alex Gilliead talking to Luton Today:
“Yes (when asked if he wants to stay at Luton), I’m here and I’m playing, I’m starting most weeks.
“At the start I wasn’t and I was a bit frustrated, but now I am and I’m enjoying it.
“I love it, I get on with all the lads, get on with all the staff and playing 90 minutes every week.
“I’m learning all the time and developing as a player, so I don’t see why not.
“I have been in contact with Newcastle and been in contact with my agent, I think they’ve been in contact with the club as well.
“I think everything’s just getting talked about at the moment and just getting ironed out so it’s just seeing what’s going to happen.”
“Moving away from home, I’ve had to grow up a little bit.
“I’m not playing as an out and out wide man which is probably my position, I’m playing inside a bit.
“So I’m learning a lot more about the way to play the inside role.
“I need to get more goals (only one for Luton so far), need to get more assists, but I think playing a bit deeper and a bit narrower, that’s kind of brought me a bit further down the pitch, not as close to goal.
“But no excuses, I should be getting more goals and more assists.
“The manager and all the staff are telling me to shoot more, I just need to add that to my game and think if I do add that to my game, I’ll score more goals.”
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