Should Newcastle give Stuart Findlay a chance in the first-team next season?

Stuart Findlay of Celtic in action against Den Bosch  during the Pre Season Friendly between Celtic and De Bosch at St Mirren Park on  July 01, 2015 in Paisley, Scotland.

Stuart Findlay has been performing magnificently on loan at Kilmarnock and could yet become a Newcastle United first-team player.

Stuart Findlay (#4) of Scotland and team mates look dejected after conceding a goal during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between Netherlands U21s and Scotland U21s...

Newcastle United youngster Stuart Findlay has been performing to a high level on a consistent basis on loan in Scotland's top flight. 

Last weekend saw the 22-year-old help extend Kilmarnock's unbeaten run which has been ongoing since January, as former Premier League manager Steve Clarke continues to go about transforming the club.

Findlay was initially sent on loan for six months at the beginning of the campaign, only to extend his stay in Scotland until the end of the season following an impressive run in the team. 

He has since grown to become one of the club's most important players and, given the current quality of the Newcastle defence, the youngster may well have a big role to play in Rafa Benitez's squad next term.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The centre-back has made 25 appearances for Killie so far this season and has netted one goal. Interestingly, his current Magpies deal only lasts until this summer, and his St James' Park future is completely in the balance. 

It remains to be seen whether or not the club will opt to offer him a new deal and retain his promising talent for themselves, or alternatively allow the youngster to be picked up as a free agent, with plenty of clubs surely ready to snap him up.

Findlay, who spent his entire youth career as a member of one of the UK's finest academies, boasts an impressive footballing pedigree and, having performed well on loan, there is not much more the youngster can do to convince Newcastle he is worthy of a new contract. 

With the likes of Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark often putting in questionable performances at the back, the Scotsman may be worth taking a chance on should Newcastle retain their Premier League status this season. 

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