Newcastle United loan review: Richardson on fire with League Two Accrington

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Conor Newton, Michael Richardson, Shane Ferguson and Mehdi Abeid all feature.

Alan Pardew has sent five players out on loan for varying reasons ahead of the first half of the season. Romain Amalfitano at Dijon in the second tier of French football is the only player yet to make his debut for his loan club.

James Tavernier, a 22-year-old right back, has already completed a one month loan spell with Shrewsbury Town in League One, making just two appearances for the club.

Conor Newton

Newton is a 21-year-old central midfield player on loan with St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League until the start of January.

He’s made four appearances for the side so far these season with three SPL run outs and an appearance in the Scottish League Cup defeat away at Queens Park.

He has to try and find some consistency over the first half of the season because at the moment he seems a fair way off pushing Mathieu Debuchy for the starting right back role.

Michael Richardson

The defensive and holding midfield player is currently gaining valuable first team experience with League Two side Accrington Stanley.

He’s been very successful in his loan spell already with eight starts and one sub appearance across all competitions.

One stats which will please Pardew is the fact that as a defensively minded and positioned player, he’s only picked up one yellow card which shows his decision making and timing are both superb at the moment.

Shane Ferguson

The left sided midfielder is on loan at Birmingham City in the Championship where he’s made five starts and one sub appearance for the club so far in the current campaign.

He’s with Birmingham for the entire season which means Newcastle will be looking for him to return with a high volume of matches under his belt as well as goals.

He spent a brief spell on loan with Birmingham last season where he managed only a single goal so he should easily surpass that number, barring a bad injury which sees him return to the North East early.

Mehdi Abeid

Abeid is a 21-year-old central midfielder who has been sent a bit further afield than the Football League as he gets games with Greek giants Panathinaikos.

He’s made three appearances for the Greek side so far in their league campaign and scored his first goal for the club in their last league match against Veroia, which proved to be crucial as it secured the home side a point.

He’s already scored more goals than he did during a loan spell with St Johnstone last season and should be determined to add significantly to his tally before he returns next summer.

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