Press reports from Turkey claim that Besiktas have been approached by the agents of Newcastle United’s Dan Barlaser.
The midfielder made his first team debut on his 20th birthday in January, playing the full 90 minutes as Newcastle beat Birmingham 3-1 in the FA Cup third round replay at St James Park.
That match saw Rafa make numerous changes and as well as Barlaser, he gave debuts to Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay.
Dan Barlaser was easily the pick of the three and had a tidy game in midfield alongside the returning from suspension, Jonjo Shelvey.
The next round of the cup at Oxford saw Barlaser and El-Mhanni given another start, with the midfielder one of the better players in another much weakened line-up, playing another 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat.
When it comes to the Championship though it has been a different matter, with only one unused sub inclusion on the bench when Newcastle beat Rotherham at home.
Besiktas are five points clear at the top of the Turkish League, destined to win the title and play Champions League football next season.
Even if the Turkish media claims have substance (and they usually don’t…), difficult to see a player with Dan Barlaser’s profile interesting them when they have CL riches to invest next season.
The youngster’s Turkish (as well as Geordie!) family background is always going to help a story like this to run.
However, the writing must be on the wall for Dan Barlaser and any other player of a similar age at St James Park, if they haven’t been anywhere near the team in the second tier, then it takes a major leap of imagination to think he could be involved next season.
There appears to be a clear pecking order these days.
You have the players who regularly make up the first team eleven/squad, then you have young players who go out on loan to lower league clubs to develop and progress, then the young/not so young who stay behind to make up the Under 23s side.
Good luck to Dan Barlaser and all the other young players at Newcastle United because there is nothing better to see them come through but maybe a possible route for Barlaser could be, like Mehdi Abeid before him, to go out on loan to a weaker overseas league, such as Turkey, and see if he can take the chance.
Rather than ending up in similar positions to the likes of Curtis Good and Sammy Ameobi who suddenly find themselves still at Newcastle at the age of 24 and their careers having gone nowhere (injuries also intervening in Good’s case).