Loan watch: Who can we expect to see back on Tyneside next season?
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Steve Bruce required reinforcements in January but decided to look at the loan market which has returned mixed success so far.

Newcastle United's apparent takeover is still yet to be passed or blocked by the Premier League and that decision will impact what budget they have to work with during the summer.

However, with two already agreed prices for Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, it may be the simple solution to getting a stronger depth to Bruce's squad.

Below we take a look at how the three loan signings have fared during their spell on Tyneside from January and what are their chances of earning a permanent deal.

Nabil Bentaleb 

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was told to train and play for Schalke 04's reserve team under David Wagner before his temporary move to Tyneside.

From his performances for Newcastle, it seems he is still not up to the standard of the Premier League since he departed for Germany in 2017.

He has brought very little to the side apart from the notable lapse in concentration every so often and no willingness to get stuck into tackles in the midfield.

Bentaleb has started eight games since his loan move and has averaged 0.8 key passes per game, 2.1 tackles PG, 0 through balls and 1.7 interceptions.

Those stats show how confusing a player Bentaleb is as he provides neither an attacking or defensive side to his game that would enhance Bruce's current midfield.

He is not a combative midfielder to shield the back four and certainly does not find himself in the final third often enough to influence the game at the other end of the pitch.

The Algerian has not been able to dislodge either Jonjo Shelvey or Isaac Hayden when both fully fit but the feeling on Tyneside is that he will be wearing the famous black and white next season with the transfer fee apparently relatively low with Schalke wanting him off their books.

It seems Bentaleb would be signing just for squad depth and no more than that, especially with Matty Longstaff looking increasingly unlikely to sign a new contract.

Valentino Lazaro

The Austrian was the most anticipated and exciting of the three arrivals in January but has seen the least amount of minutes.

Having arrived from Inter Milan where he was still highly rated after seeing what he was capable of from his time at Hertha Berlin.

However, despite showing what he is capable of when given the chance it has not been enough to warrant a consistent run of games, even after the Magpies secured their safety in the Premier League.

This may change in the final three games of the season but with two goals despite only starting four games in all competitions this season, including a winner against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup Quarter Final.

A peculiar signing which would have taken up a chunk on the wage bill and provided Lazaro with a false sense of hope he could forge a career in England.

His stats are not too impressive with 0.5 key passes and 0.6 successful dribbles per game. However, when Lazaro has been given a chance from the game he has impressed with his ability going forward but also his defensive awareness as a wing-back.

This was highlighted when he made a cameo appearance against Bournemouth as he applied a smart finish lifting the ball over Aaron Ramsdale before seeing another effort crash off the underside of the bar from almost 30-yards.

Lazaro is unlikely to sign permanently in the summer with Bruce seemingly unconvinced with what the Austrian can bring to the team despite seeming to be a good value signing especially with the transfer market set to be severely more affordable in the summer.

Danny Rose

The most successful of the trio, the former England international has grown into the Newcastle side slowly but surely.

Having struggled for fitness and the ability to dislodge other full-backs, however, he has now become one of the standout players for the Magpies the last few weeks.

Rose has averaged 2.1 tackles per game as well as several last-ditch tackles and goal-line clearances. Rose has not shunned away from the tough-tackling side of the game which has endeared him to the Geordies and his teammates.

Having recently said in an interview that he'd like to continue his career on Tyneside shows he still has the hunger and desire to play at the top.

He has also proved to be a threat going forward as he is being fouled on average, 2.1 times per game which has been a reminder of what he still has to offer, especially in the final third.

A demanding personality on the pitch you can hear Rose above many others asking questions and asking more of his teammates.

It seems likely that Newcastle will approach Rose with a permanent contract in the summer and if he has enjoyed his time on Tyneside he may take it up as his relationship with Tottenham seems untenable now.

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