According to reports Newcastle United are interested in signing Serge Gnabry on loan. The 19 year old German midfielder made his first team debut last season after he came into the first team following the stomach injury sustained by Theo Walcott in September. He starred in the match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and Crystal Palace at Selhurt Park.
However, he practically went into oblivion at the turn of the year after he suffered from loss of form and injury. The move should it come to fusion, would be the first time the 19 year old would be embarking on a loan spell away from the club since he arrived from Stuttgart as a 16 year old.
The magpies have brought in a large number of signings across key areas of their squad but they do not have a winger that can catch the eye, as most of their wingers are central midfielders.
As much a loan move would aid his football development it is important that he gets the opportunity to play regularly, as his development can only be enhanced when the chance to play is there. That much was evident when Jack Wilshere went on loan a couple of seasons ago at Bolton. He went from there to become the main player in the 2010/2011 season for Arsenal where he ended that season being voted as Arsenal’s player of the season.
There is always that urge from some to see more players come in through the youth ranks, but there is always the issue of playing time for such players when they come through the ranks. When Fulham signed Thomas Eisfeld from Arsenal few days ago, some fans were not pleased with the German’s move to Craven Cottage, but their judgment was beclouded with sentiments, as his development was stunted as a result of not playing regularly. The same goes for several players who are coming through the youth ranks.
There will always be issues of playing time with youth players, as the pressure for the first team to do well will further reduce the introduction of youth players into the first team.
In this generation of the cheque book manager, where the purchase of big name players is the norm, loan move will always be a way out for young players who are in need of first team football.
And going by how well Serge Gnabry performed last season in the few matches in which he featured, he could become the finished article when he goes on a loan move. And playing regularly will aid that.