Newcastle embarrassments in full sight after latest failure confirmed

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When it comes to homegrown talent, Newcastle United’s failures are plain as day.

The Magpies have severely struggled to get their young talent to make the grade at St James’ Park, and of the players currently in the first team, only Paul Dummett has spent any time among the youth ranks.

The Welsh defender broke through into the senior side back in 2014 and has remained there ever since, but there have been few who have followed in his footsteps, with Sammy Ameobi, who exited for Bolton Wanderers last summer, the only other name to note.

Many of those who have been on the fringes of making the step up this season have headed out on loan to a variety of clubs in the lower reaches of English football in order to continue their development and gain the first team action they would miss out on by staying on Tyneside.

One of the more highly rated young talents is 21-year-old Dan Barlaser, a central midfielder with international experience for Turkey at under-17 level, and is one of the few youngsters to have gained some first team experience with Newcastle, including earlier this season in the League Cup.

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January saw him head out on loan to League Two side Crewe Alexandra, but his temporary spell turned into a disaster, with just four appearances before his deal was torn up and he returned to the north east, as confirmed on Crewe’s official website.

For one of the Magpies’ highest rated talents to have been snubbed by a team in England’s fourth tier is something of an embarrassment, and it only highlights the failure of Newcastle’s youth system.

Major changes are needed to improve their situation, but for now, Barlaser’s situation will only act as another slap in the face.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are hunting for the next Jamie Vardy.

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