The loan stars?

Tamas Kadar
Tamas the Terrier.
Tamas Kadar toddled off to Huddersfield yesterday in a one month loan deal for the young and highly-rated Hungarian central defender.

Kadar will team up with former Newcastle employess Lee Clark and Terry McDermott, who are currently manager and assistant manager of Huddersfield respectively.

This is a good move for Kadar and will hopefully help him get some form of match practice to help him develop. The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and has impressed me whenever he has featured for Newcastle, but he has only featured in a bit-part capacity, which is kind of understandable given that he is only a young lad himself.

The opportunity that Clarky has given him at Huddersfield will hopefully enable Kadar to improve his game and come back to St James’ Park a better player. After all, the only way a player will really improve is by playing first-team matches.

Which kind of begs the question of just who else we could loan out? We currently have a few highly rated youngsters at the club, but they need proper games to develop. If they aren’t going to get them here then surely it would make sense to let them develop somewhere else on a temporary basis?

The first one that springs to my mind is Nile Ranger. The lad has bags of potential, but he lacks a strikers instinct. Certain players are born with that instinct, like Alan Shearer, whilst others need to put the hours into their game to learn it.

Nile has a lot of strings to his bow but, in my opinion, finishing isn’t one of them. The fact that he appears to have slipped down the pecking order under Alan Pardew could perhaps open the door for a loan move, although the fact that we are desperately short of strikers could prevent that. There is no doubt though that a loan to perhaps a Championship club could help him hone his finishing skills. I’d recommend Doncaster as they create a lot of chances, plus the night life is crap!

Another player that could benefit from a loan spell is Haris Vuckic. Although he is currently injured, the lad does have a ‘hot prospect’ tag and has been monitored by teams such as Manchester United in the not to distant past.

His injury would obviously mean that a loan deal is out of the question right now, but it could, and probably should, be a possibility when he returns to fitness.

Another option could be Phil Airey. The lad has been prolific with his goalscoring at youth and reserve level, but the step up from there to first team football is a big one. Why not let him learn the ropes somewhere else? Perhaps with Clarky at Huddersfield again? Or even better, Brad Inman? Perhaps Lee Clark could show the ‘Wor Jackie’ award winner just how to play the central midfield slightly attacking role?

The big problem we have is that whilst it is all well and good having these highly rated young lads at the club, they will eventually all need to make the step up to first team level. For that they need experience, and they aren’t getting that with us at the moment.

The saying goes something like “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough”, which is true to a point, but it only really applies when you have an exceptional talent like a Lionel Messi or an Alan Shearer for example.

The rest of them have to learn to be good enough.

85 thoughts on “The loan stars?

  1. EL TORO i think he was m8 a couple of clubs have said they wouldnt cover his wages,west/ham have stated they will pay w,bridges 70grand wages if he joins on loan i know its a diff club,but a lot of players wont leave london clubs because of wages they are on and why players want to sign for clubs in the capital,bentley went there before they bro ught in there wage cap


  2. Or maybe bentley was the reason for the wage cap. 💡
    Spuds payed 90k a week for a bentley and ended up with a fiat.


  3. No he never joined before their wage structure was implemented. Spurs have had a wage cap since the days of Martin Jol. Berbatov was apparently on less than 50k when at Spurs. I doubt Bentley was on anything over 45k at Spurs. However, he may be on considerably more once the loan becomes permanent


  4. Best’s only 23, he’s hardly past the development stage yet. I reckon he’d be better off getting over his injury with some regular football than sitting on the bench or playing in the reserves. Same goes for Danny Guthrie.


  5. 23 is about the age when if it hasn’t happened it probably never will. There are some rare occasions but still that the age when big clubs loaded with talent give up on young players if the haven’t shown their quality.
    If the staff feels that best can’t compete for a spot and so he needs to go else where for games, then he needs to go elsewere and stay there.


  6. If he said that then Birmingham probably aren’t willing to match his wages. However, that doesn’t mean he is earning 70k. Spurs are a well run, astute football club with a solid financial infrastructure. Ah well, I suppose you never know, though.


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