Newcastle United are set to be swarmed with offers for academy product Dan Barlaser, according to the Daily Mail.
Barlaser is currently thriving during a one-season loan spell with Rotherham United in League One, as Paul Warne’s New York Stadium natives look to maintain their league-leading status to secure promotion into the Championship.
Warne has called on Barlaser to start 16 of his 19 third-tier appearances thus far this season, and lauded the 22-year-old recently as being his side’s ‘quarterback’ having pulled the strings from a central or defensive midfield position whenever on the field.
There is said to be a feeling that the former Turkey and England youth international’s performances while out on loan are going unnoticed at St. James’ Park, and that he could leave the club as a result.
Hull City, Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Wigan are all credited with an interest in joining Rotherham in the hunt for Barlaser should his services hit the market, though the Gateshead-born talent would like the opportunity to prove himself at Newcastle.
Does Barlaser have a future at Newcastle?
While the Daily Mail note that Barlaser’s contract expires in the summer, making him a prime candidate for clubs to target this summer, he did pen a new deal on Tyneside before leaving to join Rotherham on loan.
The new terms keep the 6ft midfielder contracted to St. James’ Park until the summer of 2021, and – providing Newcastle chiefs have been monitoring his progress – Barlaser should be awarded a chance to prove himself to first-team boss Steve Bruce upon his return from the New York Stadium.
Barlaser has scored twice and assisted two goals over his 19 League One appearances thus far, while averaging 0.5 shots, 2.2 key passes, 1.1 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 1.0 clearances per game, according to data collected by Sofa Score.
He also plays 14.3 accurate opposition half passes while playing 7.1 in his own territory, and delivers 2.0 crosses per game.
However, for Barlaser to get a shot at St. James’ Park, he must first meet with Bruce to discuss his future, and the Mail add that the pair have not yet had any conversations – leaving the 22-year-old in the dark over his long-term future.
In other Newcastle United news, the club’s rumoured negotiations over a £13m midfield enforcer have sparked a lot of discussion.