Jacob Murphy and Dan Barlaser both had extremely impressive loan spells away from Newcastle last year, so it’s no surprise that their respective loan clubs would ‘love’ to have them back for another season.
Garry Monk has reaffirmed his interest in bringing Murphy back to Sheffield Wednesday this week, and Rotherham boss Paul Warne has also confirmed his desire to re-sign Barlaser on loan after their promotion to the Championship.
Starting with Monk, here’s what he’s had to say about the winger who registered nine goals and six assists for the Owls last season:
“You all know what I feel about Jacob and we all know what he feels about the club here.
“If that opportunity does arise, I would love to bring him back here. Why wouldn’t I?
“But we also have to understand that he’s not our player. He’s a Newcastle player and he’s doing his job for them.”
“We will see. I am not shutting the door on anything.”
Murphy has impressed Steve Bruce during pre-season, however, and has been heavily involved in friendlies, getting on the scoresheet in our 2-1 win against Barnsley.
Despite Monk being desperate to bring the 25-year-old back to Hillsborough, I’d expect him to remain a Newcastle player this season to replace Christian Atsu in the squad – who looks set for an exit.
As for Barlaser, he was one of League One’s best players last season and Rotherham boss Paul Warne wants him back as they look to tackle the Championship after promotion.
“Dan is chasing his dream to get into the Newcastle squad,”
“If he doesn’t get into the Newcastle squad, I’d love to take him.
“Whether I can beat off competition for him I don’t know.
“I have to wait until get the green light from Newcastle and the player that he’s available.”
Barlaser turns 24 in January and is into the final year of his Newcastle deal, so a Championship loan could be an ideal way to prove he has the quality to potentially succeed at the highest level – and earn a new contract in the process.
Whatever happens with Barlaser and Murphy this summer, 2020/21 promises to be a huge season for both as far as their long-term futures at St James’ Park are concerned.