Newcastle United have sent a handful of players on loan for at least the first half of this year. This isn't necessarily a new thing Players such as Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic (and the rest of the Loan Rangers) have seen loan moves before. Perhaps the difference is that the names out on loan this year (although Shane Ferguson is one of them... again) are names to which Newcastle fans are attaching a huge amount of hope for the future of the club. Oh... and the fact that the players are actually likely to get extensive game time at their loan clubs. Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman have both been assigned numbers that suggest they will continue to play prominent roles for the duration of their loan (9 and 1 respectively) instead of, you know... sitting the bench in the Conference or being shipped back halfway through a 4 week loan.
Anyway, the point is, we've got exciting players out on loan and they're doing good things to this point. Here is your loan roundup.
ADAM ARMSTRONG - Coventry City
Adam Armstrong (given the number 9 at Coventry) has started the season off with a bang. There is significant trepidation with regard to the Geordie goal scorer as we've seen Academy striking talents fizzle out before, but Armstrong has served notice that he intends to buck the trend. Small sample size, etc. etc.... but the fact remains: After one match at Coventry he is 40% of the way to catching Adam Campbell's total goal output from 5 loan switches over 3 seasons (already matching Campbell's output of 2 goals in 11 matches for St. Mirren). His loan period is through the Holidays and there is some degree of indication already that Newcastle won't be looking to extend the move as they've asked Coventry to not play him in the cup competitions so he is not cup tied. Anyway, if you haven't seen what Armstrong's opening-day brace looked like, here it is.
I particularly love his second goal for obvious reasons. Great movement, and communication with John Fleck to get the ball and that finish... almost to the point of non challance. Keep it going, Adam! We'll probably see you back in January.
Crawley Town got their League Two campaign off the ground with an opening day draw with Oxford United. Freddie Woodman was beaten only once in the 1-1 draw and made a couple of late stops that saved the point for Crawley. I have been unable to find highlight video of the match, but there are somewhat contrasting views on one of Woodman's late stop.
From the Sky Sports writeup:
Crawley restricted Oxford to few clear chances, but near the end Kemar Roofe forced Woodman into a good save with a powerful shot
whereas Crawley manager Mark Yates had this to say in his post-match interview:
"One was a thirty-yarder that took a little deflection... I think it's one for the cameras for him that one there. But he can be really pleased with his debut."
Sammy played 27 minutes as a second half sub in Cardiff City's 1-1 draw with Fulham. He nearly assisted a goal 10 minutes after coming on, but otherwise did not have discernible influence on the match (based on available match writeups).