It’s been well documented over the past few weeks that Newcastle United are shopping in the loan market this month.
Three players who’ve been regularly linked are Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori, Man Utd full-back Brandon Williams and Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury, making the latest comments on their futures from each of their manager’s all the more interesting.
The potential good news is that Frank Lampard seems open to allowing Tomori to leave – which goes against claims he’d block a move following an injury to Andreas Christensen – however Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Brendan Rodgers don’t sound so sure when it comes to Williams and Choudhury leave.
Here’s what all three have had to say, starting with Lampard’s update on Tomori’s future after he was left out of their FA Cup win over Morecambe:
“The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment. There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else.
“So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
“I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.”
“But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then had this to say on Brandon Williams after the 20-year-old impressed in their 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup – suggesting he may have a part to play this season in providing cover at right-back:
“I thought he had a very good game,”
“Of course, he’s not played for a while, he’s playing on the right-hand side.
“We want him to go and be an attacking full-back and it might be easier for him on the right side.
“But very pleased with Brandon, one of the positives.”
Last but not least, Brendan Rodgers has had this to say about Hamza Choudhury, stating that they’re not “overly keen” on loaning him out and would rather sell if he was to leave for regular first-team football:
“It’s one where the stage he’s at in his career, he’s played enough games, so it’s something where a loan deal isn’t an overly attractive one at this moment in time,”
“If he does go out, it may be to get games. He wants to play, which is natural.
“He’s got players ahead of him, Wilf Ndidi’s ahead of him as a defensive midfield player, Papy Mendy is ahead of him, so it just brings him down the squad and makes his chances of playing in this season half of the season limited.
“It’s just something that we’re not in a big rush to do, but because of the enquiries over a loan, I just wanted to make it clear that he’s not really a player that we’re overly keen on loaning.
“If someone is looking to buy him, or sees his qualities to buy then that’s a different matter. We’ll see what January brings on that front.”
So, Tomori seems back on the cards if Bruce still wants another centre-back, Williams may now be unlikely if Ole maintains that he’s an important squad player and Choudhury also in doubt unless Rodgers changes his stance on a potential loan move.