On Thursday Dan Barlaser celebrated his 21st birthday with two goals as Newcastle United’s second string beat Burnley 4-0 away from home.

With hardly time to blow the candles out on his cake, the promising young midfielder has no been unveiled as a Crewe Alexandra player for the rest of the season.

Crewe are currently 19th in League Two and it will be a great chance for the midfielder to show he can handle professional football, albeit at a lower level.

Rafa Benitez gave Dan Barlaser his first team debut on his 20th birthday, a much changed team beating Birmingham 3-1 in an FA Cup third round replay at St James Park.

He did alright that night and kept his place in the FA Cup team but they went and lost 3-0 at League One Oxford in the fourth round.

Having appeared on the bench for only one Premier League match and then one Championship game  last season, Barlaser is still to play any league football.

His only first team involvement this season was when he played the first 70 minutes of the 3-2 League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, replaced by Isaac Hayden when the score was 2-2.

Like all the rest of the young Newcastle players out on loan, here’s hoping the experience can help him quickly progress.

Friday afternoon has also seen 18 year old Newcastle striker Lewis McNall join Gateshead on loan.

Crewe Alexandra Official Announcement:

‘Crewe Alexandra Football Club have completed the signing of midfielder Dan Barlaser from Newcastle United on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The 20-year-old central midfielder, who can also play out wide, is available for Wycombe this weekend after staff worked hard to push the deal through ahead of the 12 midday deadline.

A former England U18 international, Barlaser has played four times for the Magpies so far this season, appearing in the EFL Cup & three times in the Checkatrade Trophy, including 90 minutes in Newcaste’s victory over Crewe at Gresty Road in August.

Having graduated through the academy ranks at St James Park, the highly-rated prospect also played twice for the Club last season, both in the FA Cup against Birmingham & Oxford.

This move represents Barlaser’s first loan away from Newcastle & everyone at Crewe Alex would like to welcome him to the Club.’