Confirmed: Newcastle secure fringe midfielder's temporary exit after first team failure
Newcastle United have secured the loan departure of midfielder Dan Barlaser to Crewe Alexandra for the rest of the season.
The Magpies confirmed via their official Twitter account and website that the 21-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, had joined the League One side ahead of their clash with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, meaning he could head straight into the first team.
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The youngster has been on the fringes of the first team since breaking through the youth ranks on Tyneside, but the last of his three senior appearances ended in failure as Newcastle were dumped out of the League Cup by Nottingham Forest back in August.
Football Insider verdict
The Turkish youth international is highly rated at Newcastle but he has not shown he has what it takes to break into the first team set up on a regular basis yet. It must be considered that he is now the same age as fellow central midfielder Mikel Merino, who looks light years ahead of what his counterpart could ever offer. A loan deal might help him find his level, and perhaps develop at a quicker rate than he is in Newcastle’s reserves. However he faces a real fight to nail down a spot in the senior squad any time soon, and it looks as though he is now fighting for his career at St James’ Park.
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