Youngsters need to go on loan to ‘grow up’

CHANCE ... Mehdi Abeid in action against Bordeaux.
CHANCE ... Mehdi Abeid in action against Bordeaux.

ALAN Pardew’s ready to loan out a number of young players in the New Year – as first-team football will be harder to come by at Newcastle United.

Pardew admitted he was “disappointed” at his side’s performance in last night’s 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux.

He fielded a youthful team, including the likes of Mehdi Abeid, Nile Ranger and James Tavernier, in the club’s final group game at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Pardew has used a number of Academy players throughout the club’s Europa League campaign.

However, he’ll name a significantly stronger team in the two-legged Round of 32 tie in February, and Pardew can’t see enough opportunities for some players at St James’s Park over the coming months.

Abeid and Tavernier are among those likely to be loaned out.

“I just said to the young boys ‘I don’t think there’s going to be too many chances now’,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“That was their last chance, and one or two will be a bit disappointed they didn’t do better.

“The only answer to that is to try and improve, and I think one or two of them will definitely go out on loan now.

“They’ve got a bit of growing up to do in terms of playing for this football club.

“I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played, hopefully after January when I’ve got a stronger position in the squad.”