Rolando Aarons needs a spell out on loan before he is ready for Premier League football, according to Steve McClaren.
The winger is battling to play again this year after suffering a foot injury in training.
Aarons made an explosive start to his first-team career at Newcastle early last season before succumbing to injury.
And fans are desperate to see the 20-year-old back in a black and white shirt.
But head coach McClaren is minded to farm Aarons out to a Football League club when he returns to fitness.
Asked about striker Ivan Toney’s loan to Barnsley, McClaren said: “Yeah, he has (gone on loan), and if Rolando hadn’t got injured we’d have been thinking about him as well.
“These players need game time. You know, Willo (Mike Williamson) too. I think the main thing is we’re concentrating on what players we have here and what players we need here.”
Meanwhile, Toney, signed from Northampton Town in the summer, joined Barnsley on a 28-day loan earlier this month.
“We always said he’d have three months training with us and then out on loan,” said McClaren.
“That was the plan. Same with Rolando, but he’s not quite there. Other players much the same, especially (Adam) Armstrong.”