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Magpies finding it hard to get youngsters out on loan
ALAN PARDEW admits some of his Newcastle United youngsters need to go out on loan to get regular playing time, but has revealed the club is struggling to find suitable options that will help enhance their careers.
The likes of Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Adam Campbell have all found their first-team opportunities limited this season and Pardew is keen to get the trio out on loan.
The players in question are all rated highly by the Magpies coaching staff, but the feeling is they need regular competitive football to aid their development rather than playing for the clubs development side on a weekly basis.
Vuckic has appeared for the senior side on a number of occasions since he came on the scene in 2009, but injuries and a lack of opportunities have held back his progression.
At 21, Vuckic is coming to the stage in his career where he needs to start making the step up and prove to the Magpies he is good enough to be part of the first-team or risk being released.
There was talk of the Slovenian midfielder joining Bradford City after a spell training with the Bantams, but nothing materialised.
Bigirimana's situation is a little different with the midfielder having already impressed in the Premier League and the Europa League for Newcastle, but with Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye Vurnon Anita, and Moussa Sissoko all vying for central midfield roles.
Pardew predicted this season could be an important one for Campbell, but he returned early from a loan at Carlisle United last month after making just one substitutes appearance for the League One club.
The Magpies boss is keen for the trio to follow in the footsteps of Curtis Good and Shane Ferguson, who have both improved during loan spells at Bradford and Birmingham City respectively, but admits finding the right clubs is proving difficult.
“I think there are one or two players that we would love to loan out but we haven't got the options,” Pardew revealed.
“Adam Campbell, Bigirimana and Haris (Vuckic), they need to go out on loan but we haven't had the takers yet.”
The bulk of Pardew's squad is currently away on international duty with striker Loic Remy back in the France squad.
Remy’s brace earned Newcastle and Pardew a vital away win at Cardiff on Saturday, taking his tally to five goals in his last three games for the Magpies.
Such form has resulted in a call-up to Didier Deschamps squad and fellow countryman Yohan Cabaye is happy to see him back in fold for France.
“He's scored important goals - twice again (on Saturday) and he helped us to win the game so of course he deserves to be in the France squad, Cabaye told nufcTV.
“For me it's fantastic because I love to play forward and with him, it's so easy because he's quick.
“He can move very fast and very cleverly so it's very, very important for us. He gives us another way to play.”
France are second in Group I, level on points with leaders Spain who have a game in hand, and Cabaye admits next Tuesdays home qualifier against Finland is a must-win.
He added: “It's going to be very important because the World Cup is not far now, he admitted.
“We have to play the last qualifying game; we are sure of the play-offs now but we never know and we're going to have to beat Finland at home and to wish for something.
“Now it's going to be very important to play well with Newcastle from the next game until the end to hopefully be in the squad for the World Cup.”
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