Newcastle United attacker Liam Smith is set on exiting the club in January on loan just days after the transfer window slammed shut, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that the 21-year-old attacking midfielder wants to earn more first-team football after his temporary stint at Crewe was cut short last season by injury before he managed to kick a ball in a competitive match.
Smith was forced to return to Newcastle after being struck down with an ankle injury that he later aggravated in a training session with the Tyneside club.
However after returning to full fitness, the young star is looking to complete a full recovery and find game time elsewhere, even though he just missed the chance to leave with the summer window slamming shut last week.
Good move for Newcastle?
Smith doesn’t look like he has the ability to make it in first-team football, but he could be worth shipping out just to try and bump up his valuation for a potential future sale. Rafa Benitez has had no quarrels about sending players like Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney out on loan to the Football League in the summer, so even though the window has just closed, it would make sense to send out Smith too.
This is Futbol rating: 9/10
Likely to happen?
If Smith wants to leave on loan then there’s a good chance that his wish will be granted. It seems that there was a plan in place to let him earn football at another club last season until he was hit by injury, so Benitez and co may look to revisit that strategy in January. Smith could always leave on an emergency loan at a sooner date if it becomes an option.
This is Futbol rating: 10/10