Loan club desperate to keep Newcastle midfielder but fear he will go to higher level
Always good to see young Newcastle players doing well out on loan and Dan Barlaser has made a big impression at Accrington Stanley.
The minnows are operating on a minimal budget and are heavily reliant on loan players.
At the moment they have seven on their books and the Accrington Stanley manager picks Dan Barlaser out as the pick of the bunch, helping them to an excellent mid-table (14th) position in League One, after promotion as League Two champions.
Barlaser has played 20 times already this season and has two goals in the cup competitions, though he is still waiting for his first league goal. With Newcastle he had only managed three first team appearances, all in cup competitions.
After a loan that didn’t work out at Crewe last season, with only four brief sub appearances, the young midfielder was desperate for regular first team football.
Turning 22 next month it is essential that he made some progress now and he certainly has with Accrington Stanley, though manager John Coleman now worries that Newcastle will want Dan Barlaser to step up to a loan at a Championship club in January, rather than stay on with them.
Things haven’t gone nearly so well for 21 year old NUFC striker Luke Charman, he has only made five appearances as injuries have affected him, as well as rules that say only five of Accrington’s seven loan players can be in any matchday squad, depriving Charman of the chance of even being on the bench a lot of the time.
Rafa Benitez has a number of decisions to make on loan deals in January, both in and out.
As well as Barlaser, the likes of Freddie Woodman, Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff will surely be keen to get some regular football elsewhere on loan, the trio stuck somewhere between the Under 23s and first team, though Woodman and Longstaff have been unused subs a number of times this season in the Premier League.
John Coleman speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“It is very difficult because they (young players at bigger clubs) are playing a different type of football (for the Under 23s).
“We have to see if they can make the transition into men’s football because to all intents and purposes it is a different game.
“You have to sift through, you have to gauge whether they will fit the way you play and you don’t get every one right.
“I have got lots wrong in the past but you keep trying to get people who you think fit into our way of thinking, our style of football and to be able to cope with the characters in our dressing room – that is another big factor.
“We have been quite fortunate in that we are probably getting a little bit more right than wrong.
“You would be surprised at how many players you have to sift through and how many players you get offered and sometimes you have to take a punt.
“I had watched a few videos of Dan but I actually got someone to watch him last year and I was on the verge of taking him last year when he went to Crewe.
“Newcastle put him to Crewe because they thought he would play more games and they were probably right as we had a settled side and we were doing well.
“Dan Barlaser is a good footballer and will get better with the more exposure he gets to playing football.
“He still needs to add a touch of responsibility to his game and be aware of the defensive side but he is a very good player.”
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