Newcastle United may be keen to sign new players during the upcoming January transfer window, but the Magpies also have other options.
Steve Bruce’s side currently have nine players out on loan, from youngsters earning important minutes to more experienced players eyeing moves away from the club.
With the mid-season window fast approaching, Chronicle Live takes a look how they are all getting on.
Muto was sent on a season-long loan to Spanish side Eibar on 15 September 2020 after failing to make an impact at Newcastle following a £9.5million move from Mainz in August 2018.
The 28-year-old striker has so far made eight La Liga appearances for Eibar and he enjoyed a breakthrough moment recently.
The Japanese forward scored in Eibar’s 2-0 win over Real Betis on Monday to break a 786-day run without a goal.
It was his first goal in league football since he netted for the Magpies in October 2018 in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United, although he did score one in the League Cup last season.
Newcastle fans were pleased to see Muto break his duck.
Lejeune is another spending the season in Spain, having joined Alaves on loan in September.
The 29-year-old left Tyneside in search of minutes and he has got his wish, playing the full 90 minutes in eight of Alaves’ 11 La Liga games so far.
He is another Newcastle loanee to have enjoyed success in recent weeks, with Lejeune helping Pablo Machin’s side record a shock 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
The winning goal from that game will also interest Magpies fans, as it came from former Newcastle striker Joselu, who now has two goals in 10 games this season.
Woodman is enjoying a productive season on loan with Swansea City in the Championship, where he has started in 13 of their 14 league games.
Swansea are currently sixth in the Championship and have lost just two league games, with Woodman keeping seven clean sheets so far.
One of those came in Swansea’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on the weekend, although the 23-year-old goalkeeper only had to make one save.
It’s been a near-perfect loan spell so far for Woodman, who is gaining valuable experience in south Wales.
Fellow goalkeeper Turner is on loan with Morecambe, who are 11th in League Two.
Things haven’t been going too well for Turner recently though, with the 21-year-old keeper at fault for Solihull’s opening goal in Morecambe’s 4-2 FA Cup win last weekend.
Turner couldn’t keep hold of a long-shot, allowing Kyle Hudlin to score from the rebound. Turner was then substituted at half-time as his side came from behind to win in extra-time.
The Newcastle loanee has since lost his starting place, with his replacement Mark Halstead keeping a clean sheet in Morecambe’s 1-0 win over Barrow on Tuesday evening.
The young defender has been featuring regularly on loan with Hartlepool in the National League this season.
Cass has so far made 11 appearances since joining Hartlepool at the start of October, but it hasn’t been going well recently with just one win in his last eight appearances.
However, his manager, Dave Challinor, has been pleased with his progress.
“Cass has been really solid and continues to improve with every game he plays,” he told the Hartlepool Mail after a 0-0 draw with Barnet on 25 November.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined League One side Accrington on a season-long loan in the summer and has so far made eight appearances across all competitions.
However, he has not played since a 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Tranmere on November 7 due to a thigh injury.
Watts has been making the most of his move on loan to Plymouth Argyle, having already made 18 appearances in all competitions.
Having previously been to Stevenage and Mansfield, Watts is no stranger to loan spells and it has all been going to plan for him this season.
The promising left-sided centre-back has fitted in well at Plymouth, although he was substituted as his side were thrashed 4-0 by Rochdale on Tuesday.
He recently told the Newcastle club website : “In terms of adapting to being at the other end of the country, I think I’ve just got my head down and thought, ‘I want to do all this for a reason. I want to do all this to eventually come back and play for Newcastle in the Premier League’. If this is what I need to do, then it’s not really a major problem.”
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Sangare has been dealt a cruel blow, with an injury keeping him out of action for Accrington, for whom he had only managed to make four appearances this season.
“Mo had an unfortunate slip and reactivated the hamstring injury so he will be out for a couple of months,” Accrington manager Jon Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“He is a cracking lad and was in tears yesterday and I feel for him but I know he is a strong character and he will battle his way back.”
Danish striker Sorensen has moved to Netherlands to spend the campaign with Almere City in the Eerste Divisie.
Almere have made a strong start to the season and are currently in second place, three points behind leaders Cambuur.
Sorensen, a 21-year-old striker, has contributed two goals and an assist in five league appearances so far. However, he has not been in the Almere squad for their last two games against Go Ahead Eagles and FC Volendam.