Newcastle United midfielder Daniel Barlaser has revealed that Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell did not feel he would help keep clean sheets following his loan arrival in January.

The 21-year-old left St James’ Park to link up with the League Two side during the winter window in a bid to get more first team action under his belt, having risen through the youth ranks with the Magpies and getting on the fringes of the senior side.

However he has struggled for game time with the Railwaymen, making just three appearances, all of which have come from the substitutes’ bench, while he has been left unused for another five matches.

Having returned to Tyneside to play for the Magpies’ under-23 side against Colchester this week, Barlaser admits that his first loan exit away has not gone entirely to plan, and that his new manager gave a damning verdict of the youngster’s talents upon his arrival at Gresty Road.

He told the Chronicle: “It’s very different to play reserve team football compared to playing for Crewe in League Two.

“They were in a relegation battle when I went down there so he (David Artell) wanted clean sheets and he didn’t think I could do that.

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“The aim is to get more minutes in the bank. They play good football to be fair.

“Some of the games I have been involved in or on the bench, it’s just been long ball football. But Crewe are one of the teams that want to get the ball down and play.

“That’s good for me because I like to play as well. It will help me develop as a player.”

Barlaser has managed to turn out three times for Newcastle’s senior side since breaking through the youth system in the north east, including once this season in the 3-2 defeat to Nottinham Forest in the League Cup at the very beginning of the campaign.

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