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3 Newcastle United players ‘trapped’ with no football after failing to get Monday moves?

3 weeks ago
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Two Newcastle United players made moves on Monday.

The club confirming that Rolando Aarons had joined League One club Wycombe Wanderers until January.

That then followed by confirmation that Achraf Lazaar would be playing in Serie B this season, after agreeing a year long loan with Cosenza.

As yesterday progressed, fans were waiting to see the expected steady flow of Newcastle United players making deadline day moves, as most of the remaining European Leagues finally saw their transfer windows close.

Amongst the Monday countdown there were these closure times:

5pm – England Leagues One and Two

7pm – Italy

11pm – Spain and France

12 midnight – Scotland

There had been claims of Javier Manquillo possibly moving to a Spanish club but that always sounded very unlikely, considering how many injuries Newcastle have got AND the fact he has done ok when playing in recent times. Indeed many Newcastle fans aren’t convinced that he is a worse option than Emil Krafth who has replaced him.

However, the main focus yesterday was on those players who had been left out of the official Premier League squad and HAVE to leave, if they are to play any first team football in the first half of the season.

Lazaar and Aarons made their moves but Jack Colback, Jamie Sterry and Henri Saivet still appear to be here, at least for the time being.

The official FIFA page detailing transfer windows (the details of which are entered by each FA according to FIFA) shows there are a small number of options open, amongst them being:

Bulgaria (closes 5 Sept)

Czech Republic (closes 8 Sept)

Portugal (22 Sept)

Whether any of that remaining trio do still head out remains to be seen, Rolando Aarons has previously gone on loan to a club in the Czech Republic.

However, it all seems to point to a lack of urgency shown all round and some Newcastle fans have questioned as to what exactly Newcastle United ‘loans-coordinator’ Shola Ameobi has been doing, or indeed other staff at NUFC.

Why hasn’t there been a major effort made to get these players fixed up with new clubs, or if there has been, tell us why they haven’t succeeded.

I can imagine Henri Saivet still finding a club, almost certainly on loan, but for both Colback and Sterry I would have thought that Scotland and/or English Leagues One and Two were the best/only bets.

Newcastle United official confirmation of Achraf Lazaar going out on loan – 2 September 2019:

‘Achraf Lazaar has joined Serie B side Cosenza Calcio for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.

The Morocco international joined Newcastle United from Palermo in August 2016 but has made only ten appearances for the Magpies in all competitions and hasn’t played a competitive game since a Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest two years ago.

The 27-year-old featured in pre-season before picking up an injury and was not named in Steve Bruce’s 25-man Premier League squad.

He impressed during a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday last season, having spent the previous campaign on loan in Serie A with Benevento.

Cosenza were promoted to Italy’s second tier in 2018 and last season finished tenth in Serie B. They’re currently 16th, with one point from their opening two games.

Their next fixture is against Pescara on Sunday, 15th September.’

Newcastle United official confirmation of Rolando Aarons going out on loan – 2 September 2019:

‘Rolando Aarons has joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan until January.

The 23-year-old winger was heavily involved for the Magpies in pre-season but Steve Bruce was unable to find room to include him in his 25-man squad for the Premier League campaign so he has now linked up with the Chairboys – currently fifth in League One – for the first half of the season.

The former England under-20 international, who has made 27 appearances and scored four goals for the Magpies since making his debut against Manchester City in August 2014, had loan spells with Slovan Liberec in the Czech Republic and Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last season, having spent time with Hellas Verona in Serie A in 2017/18.

He could make his Wycombe bow against second-placed Lincoln City on Saturday.’

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