By Danny Wright
Newcastle United midfielder Liam Smith is looking to exit St. James’ Park on loan in January, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that Smith, 21, has his sights on earning invaluable first-team football after suffering what he deems as a “nightmare” of a season in 2016/17.
The attacking midfielder was shipped out on a temporary deal with Crewe last term, but after just weeks with the Cheshire club he suffered an injury which was serious enough to see him return to Newcastle.
After having his loan deal cut short, Smith then picked up a similar injury while training with the Magpies, keeping him out of action for what turned out to be months.
Smith is now set on putting his time on the sidelines to bed and get himself another chance to impress elsewhere.
“Obviously, it was frustrating. It was hard to get going for the remainder of the season. I didn’t come back until about January. By the time I was catching up with my fitness, the season was nearly finished. I could only describe it as a nightmare,” said Smith, as quoted by the Chronicle.
Smith only managed to play five times for the Under-23 side last term in Premier League 2, but has already shown in August that he is starting to pick up his form again with two goals in four appearances for the development squad.
Football Insider Verdict
Smith is still young but has had a lot of experience with injuries. Not many players of his age will have had the time to realise how short their careers can actually be and although it’s bad that he was sidelined for so long, Smith will have learned a lot and should come back more determined that ever. It will be interesting to see if Crewe come back in for the midfielder after never getting to see him play for them last term. The League Two side has great facilities for young players and it would definitely be one of the best places for Smith to be in his early development.
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