The Rotherham Advertiser report the Millers have launched a bid to bring Dan Barlaser back to the club after a successful loan stint last season and, despite some pre-season promise, those behind the scenes at Newcastle United would be foolish not to accept it.
Indeed, the Chronicle noted his creativity and referenced the cross-field pass that ‘drew great applause from the touchline’ during the friendly with Stoke in early September but, frankly, the Magpies need all the help they can get when it comes to getting players off the wage bill. Though there are presumably bigger earners (the likes of Henri Saivet and Achraf Lazaar spring to mind) Steve Bruce himself admitted he needed to start getting some of his playing staff out of the club.
Central midfield is also an area in which Bruce is well-stocked. Alongside regular first-team pairing Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey, the Longstaff brothers are options and Jeff Hendrick has 234 career appearances listed in that position. Given that Bruce adopted a 5-4-1 system 20 times last season and started with a 4-4-2 twice this campaign, that means there are currently seven centre-midfielders (Barlaser and Saivet included) battling for two spots.
While the Athletic did report that the 23-year-old had impressed coaches for his work over the summer, the club need to start raising money. Barlaser is out of contract in the summer and has little chance of breaking into the first-team given the number of options available to Bruce so potentially getting even a nominal fee for him could help out a club noted Twitter account Swiss Ramble estimated were losing £11m for playing behind closed doors at St. James’ Park. Furthermore, 11 players are due to be out of contract next summer so acting on any transfer interest for some of those individuals has to be a priority, or the club risk a substantial exodus in just a few months time on free transfers.
Newcastle have reportedly been offered a chance to bring in some cash. They have to take it.