Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern will already be looking towards the club’s summer transfer activities after they sealed a vital three points at the weekend against Leicester City.
Rafa Benitez should have an increased budget available to bring in new additions to St. James’ Park next season as they look to retain their Premier League status and build upon it. The Magpies have already been making moves with some of their players, deciding to recall Dan Barlaser from his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra.
The midfielder had joined the League Two club during the January window and would have been hoping to make an impact, however, he found it difficult to break into their first-team after the performances of their own players. The 21-year-old had only managed to make four appearances for the side.
Crewe manager Dave Artell explained the discussions he had with the player and Newcastle and revealed that the Premier League side felt it would be best Barlaser returned to them as he was not playing enough.
“I spoke to Dan and to Newcastle and explained that those ahead of him in the team didn’t deserve to not be playing,” he told the Shields Gazette.
“Dan said he wasn’t playing enough and I had to agree with him.
“It was just a question of those lads ahead of him doing well. Dan had done well, but not well enough to get past Callum and Charlie.
“He played some Under-23 games for us, and when I spoke to Newcastle about the situation, they thought it was better for him to return there and play Under-23 football for them. That was fine, and it was all amicable. We all wish him well.”
The Newcastle fans in the Tavern will be disappointed for Barlaser and his loan spell, however, many of the locals will be hoping he can impress for the club’s developmental side and kick-on from there.
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