Newcastle youth coach Peter Beardsley says loans are crucial for the development of the club's younger players.
The Magpies sent five players on loan to Scottish Championship club Rangers on the final day of the winter transfer window and the youth team coach feels it was the right call over keeping them at the club.
“Anybody going on loan at that age is brilliant. With all due respect it doesn’t matter where. You have to go out and play games,” said Beardsley.
“The sooner they can do it the better - It’s a brilliant experience for them.”
It would have been easy for the club to keep players like Remie Streete to give their youth teams a better chance of winning silverware this season.
That would have created a positive mentality, but it’s sensible that the club want younger players to get exposure and experience of what it’s like to represent a professional first team consistently.
It exposes them to a level of pressure and criticism which they won’t have in the youth ranks, which will help to develop their mental toughness and physical development.
Playing games consistently also allows the youngsters to improve their match sharpness and general fitness.
It’s a key part of any young player’s development and while some may have questioned the decision to loan out the ‘Ibrox Five’ they deserve credit for trying to speed up the development of players who could become first team regulars in the future.