NEWCASTLE United have nine players out on loan looking to earn a long-term future at St James’s Park.
Some are enduring indifferent fortunes, while others are staking a real claim for a first-team spot on Tyneside next season.
Sport Mail writer DANIEL PRINCE looks at how the nine are faring on their short-term deals.
Haris Vuckic at Rotherham
Vuckic joined Rotherham on loan in November, with the deal extended until the end of the season in January.
The Slovenian was in desperate need of some first-team football after injuries contributed to his lack of action at Newcastle.
The 21-year-old has slowly adapted to League One football and has emerged as an important figure for the Millers in their League One promotion bid.
On February 15, he came off the bench to set up Rotherham’s winner against Stevenage, and Vuckic’s class is beginning to show.
Curtis Good at Dundee United
Good enjoyed a hugely successful time on loan at Bradford City last season, helping Phil Parkinson’s side to the Capital One Cup final as well as promotion from League Two.
After just one senior appearance for Newcastle this season, the Australian was farmed out to Scottish Premiership side Dundee United in January, and the 20-year-old has already impressed.
On just his third appearance for the club, the defender scored in a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock, and he has already won over the fans at Tannadice.
James Tavernier at Rotherham
Another Newcastle player in desperate need of first-team football was Tavernier, who joined Rotherham at the same time as Vuckic and will also stay until the end of the season.
The defender has also spent loan spells with Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Shrewsbury Town in the past, and may see this loan deal as his last chance to win a future at St James’s Park.
Tavernier has been hugely impressive so far for Rotherham, so much so that he was nominated for the League One Player of the Month award in January.
Conor Newton at St Mirren
Newton is spending a second successive season in Paisley, having ensured hero status at St Mirren last term when he scored the winner in the League Cup final, and has again emerged as a vital figure for the Scottish Premiership side this campaign.
At 22 and in the last six months of his deal at Newcastle, now is make-or-break time for Newton. He has impressed in Scotland despite being played in a number of positions, but it remains to be seen whether Pardew has first-team plans for him at Newcastle.
Adam Campbell at St Mirren
Pardew had big hopes for the diminutive striker ahead of the season, but he mysteriously slipped out of the reckoning at Newcastle, first going on an unsuccessful loan to Carlisle before joining St Mirren in January.
Campbell couldn’t have started his spell in Scotland much better, scoring just 18 minutes into his debut at Kilmarnock, while he was also prominent in a 3-2 win at Hibernian, scoring one of the goals.
Despite looking bright, the 19-year-old was mainly deployed in wide areas before being dropped to the bench in recent weeks.
Shane Ferguson at Birmingham
The main story from Ferguson’s time on loan at Birmingham this season so far was the rumour that former Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear ‘scouted’ him during a League Cup game, not knowing he was already a Magpies player.
It has been a hugely frustrating spell in the second city for the Northern Irishman, who also spent the second half of last season at Birmingham.
Ferguson started the first four league games of the season, but has started just three times since in the Championship and hasn’t even made the matchday squad in recent weeks.
Instead, he turned out for Birmingham’s U21s on Monday, scoring against Barnsley.
Mehdi Abeid at Panathinaikos
One Newcastle player who is enjoying a hugely successful loan spell is Abeid, who completed a surprising loan switch to Greek giants Panathinaikos last summer.
Abeid had become something of a forgotten man at St James’s Park, but has revived his career this term.
The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances in the Greek Superleague, chipping in with five goals from midfield.
The Frenchman could yet have a future on Tyneside after this impressive loan spell, where he was named the Greek league’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ for the 17th matchday of the season.
Jonas Gutierrez at Norwich
Gutierrez’s career at Newcastle seems as good as over, with the Argentine winger frozen out by Pardew in the first half of this season before being loaned out to Norwich.
His main motivation for moving to Carrow Road appeared to be to make Argentina’s World Cup squad, but the chances of that remain slim.
Gutierrez has made just two appearances so far under former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, before picking up a calf injury.
Romain Amalfitano at Dijon
Amalfitano’s switch to Newcastle in the summer of 2012 remains a curious one, with the midfielder always looking unlikely to make the grade at St James’s Park.
He made five appearances in United’s European run last season, but the 24-year-old was swiftly loaned out to Dijon in his native France last September.
Amalfitano has played regular football in France’s second tier without enjoying form which in any way suggests he may have a Premier League future.