Newcastle United cannot afford to give Roberts the game time he needs

Newcastle United youngster Callum Roberts has suggested in an interview with NUFC TV that he is open to joining another club on loan before the end of the month.

What’s the word?

Much like last summer, Rafael Benitez did not have the transfer window that he wanted.

The club failed to provide the significant funds needed to boost the squad, but the manager did add some fresh faces to his squad.

One player who impressed in pre-season was Roberts, who can play as a left-back or left winger.

This week, the 21-year-old scored in the Under-23s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, and he told NUFC TV after the match that he hopes to catch the eye of either Benitez or some Football League managers.

“It’s goals and assists which get wingers and forwards noticed the most – be it to get a loan move, or to impress the first-team manager, because that’s what [Benitez] is going to be looking for.”

Should Roberts seek a loan or spot in Benitez team?

There could potentially be an opening for the youngster given that Newcastle failed to bring in a new left-back during the summer window.

During the season, Roberts could be useful if there are injuries to either the left side of defence or midfield.

However, the Magpies cannot risk putting faith in an inexperienced player if they are in the midst of a relegation battle.

Of course, it is too early to tell whether Newcastle will be fighting for their lives in the Premier League, but they are not in a position to take risks.

From Roberts’ point of view, he is at an age where he needs to pick up competitive minutes on the pitch, and he will only get that if he leaves on loan.

Football League clubs have until August 31 to finalise loan deals for top-flight players.