The talk surrounding Newcastle United has naturally centred around the influx of new players who joined the club’s fight against relegation over the course of the January transfer window.
Frankly, it is imperative that the Toon Army retain their top flight status after such a heavy investment over the past two windows. Should nightmare strike in the North East, the club will not need to look far to see just how severe the consequences of that can prove to be.
Leeds United are a prime example of that, who are now entering their eleventh season outside of the Premier League and never far from the next soap opera.
However, the Whites are in a rather unique position. They remain a huge club, with a large fan base and represent an ideal home for young players at top flight teams to get to grips with plying their trade in big sides.
Newcastle United can learn an awful lot from Leeds as a club as a whole, though perhaps some of their young players can too.
With that in mind, here are FIVE Newcastle players Leeds should sign on loan…
The Whites have mustered only 12 goals at Elland Road all season and often struggle to command a foothold on proceedings. A lot of the time, Evans’ side look like the away team, even when playing at home.
Emmanuel Riviere may be a difficult deal to pull off, but the Frenchman is rotting away on Steve McClaren’s bench. With Seydou Doumbia now in the side, as well as £13.5m Aleksandar Mitrovic and the soon-to-be-returning Papiss Cisse, competition for places is intense.
He was reportedly a target for French sides last month, though a deal ultimately failed to materialise. A move to Elland Road could help restore the former Monaco man’s confidence.
Another Frenchman not doing a whole lot at St. James’ Park right now is Yoan Gouffran. Again, wages may be an issue, but he’s a player who’s been linked with Championship clubs recently, making a move appear to be more realistic than first thought.
Though recently deployed as a makeshift central midfielder, the former Bordeaux man is most comfortable when playing on the wings. By no means a flimsy wide man, the 29-year old has a physical edge that can serve him well in the Championship.
Thrust into the side recently due to the injury crisis dogging Steve McClaren, the impending returns of Paul Dummett and Kevin Mbabu should spell the end of Rolando Aarons’ tenure as a left-back.
A hugely promising talent, the England U20 international has seen a series of injuries seriously hamper his season. Certainly a player for the fans to enjoy, the 20-year-old has earned rave reviews when acting in his natural role as a left winger.
In order to get back on track, and return to the ‘thrillingly incisive’ form he showed at times last term, a brief spell away from the North East could do him the world of good.
Callum Roberts desperately needs a spell in the Football League. The 18-year-old winger has struggled to string any sort of momentum together due to a series of injuries.
The only way he can develop and realise the sort of potential he’s shown in glimpses for the Magpies’ under-21 side is a run in a first-team. His surging runs would excite the crowd and give Whites boss Steve Evans a naturally talented wide option to provide service for his struggling attack.
While we’ve talked about Leeds require going forward, it’s important to remember that their backline has not fared a whole lot better this year.
With Sol Bamba out of the side, there is room to bring another defensive option into the side. Australia international Curtis Good cannot get much of a look in with the Toon Army and, at 22 years of age, needs to kick on.
Perhaps some experience in the heart of Leeds’ defence can help the former Dundee United loanee realise his potential.