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Newcastle United loan watch – which Magpies loanees have impressed?

Newcastle United currently have eight players out on loan in England and across Europe, below, we will be taking a look at how they have fared in their spells.

Yankuba Minteh – Feyenoord

The 19-year-old winger has shone for Feyenoord and rumoured new Liverpool boss, Arne Slot this season.

In 35 appearances, he has scored 10 goals and registered five assists in all competitions. He also managed to pick up some silverware – winning the KNVB Cup.

His performances in the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League this season must’ve given Newcastle coaches some food for thought, given the club are heavily rumoured to be looking for a new right-winger.

Jamal Lewis – Watford

The Northern-Irish international has spent the 23/24 season out on loan at Championship side, Watford.

He has made 36 league appearances for The Hornets this season where he has registered two assists.

The now 26-year-old arrived at Newcastle for £15M from Norwich City in 2020, however the move did not quite work as planned.

Reports suggest the move will not be made permanent, and despite having another year left on his contract, he will not be part of Howe’s squad.

Harrison Ashby – Swansea City

Ashby has had a tricky loan spell in South Wales, after his loan arrival under now former Swansea boss, Michael Duff.

Ashby has managed just 13 league appearances for The Swans, in a season where he has struggled with injury.

He has made just two appearances under new manager, Luke Williams.

However, Ashby has still shown some promise and at the age of 22 he could still prove to grow into a useful player long-term

Isaac Hayden – QPR

Hayden was once a regular at Newcastle under Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce.

He had previously gone out on loan at the end of the 22/23 season to Norwich however the move was hampered by injuries.

He was recalled in January 2024 from another loan spell at Belgian side Standard Liege, before heading to Loftus Road for the remainder of the campaign.

He has been a regular under Marti Cifuentes, anchoring the midfield next to former NUFC man, Jack Colback.

Ryan Fraser – Southampton

Ryan Fraser had an abrupt ending to his Newcastle career, after he was banished from the first-team and sent to train with the U21s by Eddie Howe.

The Scotsman has scored six goals for Russell Martin’s Southampton side this season.

However, due to this falling out with Howe, and Newcastle’s wide-options being Anthony Gordon and Harvey Barnes it is highly unlikely he will return.

Jeff Hendrick – Sheffield Wednesday

Hendrick’s loan spell at The Owls has not gone how he would’ve wanted.

The Irishman has only made eleven appearances for Sheffield Wednesday, scoring one goal.

His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and it is suggested he will leave as a free agent.

Garang Kuol – FC Volendam

Garang Kuol’s arrival was seen as a very exciting piece of business, after arriving from Central Coast Mariners in January 2023.

He immediately went out on loan to Hearts of Midlothian, where he only made nine appearances however scored a late equaliser against Rangers at Ibrox – but that was unfortunately as good as it got in Scotland for the Australian.

He is now on loan at Dutch side FC Volendam, a team that consists of a lot of young players and was perhaps seen as an ideal environment for Kuol to grow.

He has made eight starts, scoring and assisting once. However, as he is still 19-years-old he has plenty of time to show what he is capable of.

Kelland Watts – Wigan Athletic

This is the academy graduates second loan spell at The Lactics, and his sixth whilst at The Magpies.

The 24-year-old has made 19 appearances for Shaun Maloney’s side this season, who have finished mid table even amidst a six-point deduction.

His contract is also set to expire at the end of the season, and it looks very unlikely that he will be offered a new deal.