Newcastle United prodigy Dan Barlaser has been reportedly offered to Besiktas just a few weeks after Rafael Benitez’s ominous admission.
For a club with Newcastle United’s size and stature, the relative lack of talented young players emerging through their academy should be a source of concern.
Therefore, you get the feeling that The Magpies should do everything in their power to keep Dan Barlaser on Tyneside for as long as possible. The skilful, technical midfielder, born in Gateshead to Turkish heritage, appeared certain to be the first locally sourced player since Paul Dummett to establish himself in the first-team, The Chronicle reports.
Especially with Rafael Benitez handing him his senior debut in the FA Cup victory over Birmingham City earlier in the season.
Therefore, Newcastle would have to be mad to even consider letting the 20-year-old Barlaser leave without giving him a chance to stamp his authority on the team. However, that is exactly what could happen.
Turkish newspaper Fotospor report that Barlaser has been offered to Super Lig champions Besitkas. And, if manager Senol Gunes decides that he could make the grade at the Vodafone Arena, the former Turkish youth international could leave Tyneside after just two senior appearences.
And while Newcastle fans should rightly be concerned about the prospect of the club flogging their most talented young prospect, they may only have one man to blame.
“The ideal situation would be to bring a couple of players from the academy each year but if you want to compete at the highest level it is difficult,” Rafael Benitez told the Sunderland Echo recently.
“If you want to do that you have to bring in players from outside, or abroad, to compete with the other teams.”
The likes of Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney have been farmed out on loan this season with Benitez seemingly unwilling to trust the homegrown talents at his disposal.
However, if he wants to build a long-term legacy at Newcastle, Barlaser is exactly the kind of player he needs to keep around.