Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hoping Future Stars Get Time to Hone Their Skills

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hoping Future Stars Get Time to Hone Their Skills

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NEWCASTLE United have 11 players out on loan at clubs in England's lower divisions and in France at the moment.

Five of the loanees were in action at the weekend, with many named in their clubs' matchday squads but unused during their fixtures.

The Magpies are keen to utilise the loan system effectively this season and ensure that up-and-coming players - and those senior players who have been struggling for game time at St James' Park - get an opportunity to play regularly.

Here's how the United loanees got on at the weekend: Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Marseille's woeful home form continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Toulouse at the Stade Velodrome, a game in which Cabella impressed and then Thauvin came on for the final three minutes.

Playmaker Cabella, who has confirmed his loan move will become permanent at the end of the season, was a constant threat throughout and had four opportunities on goal - but failed to take any of them.

He was replaced by Thauvin with three minutes to go.

The draw leaves Marseille 13th in Ligue 1, eight points off a Champions League place.

Adam Armstrong and Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) The Sky Blues' poor form continued as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Rochdale, and 19-year-old forward Armstrong failed to find the target for a third game in succession. Early on, Armstrong put an effort just wide, and he had two shots saved by Dale keeper Josh Lillis - including one in the final minute.

Defensive midfielder Bigirimana did not feature for Coventry, who slipped down to seventh and outside of the League One play-off places following this damaging defeat.

Alex Gilliead and Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United) Forward Gilliead played throughout the entirety of the Cumbrians' woeful 4-1 loss at home to runaway League Two leaders Northampton Town, though defender Gillesphey was an unused substitute at Brunton Park.

Though Gilliead did not find the target, he did have a couple of efforts during the game - including one which he put just wide from inside the area. …

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