Steve Bruce addresses Nabil Bentaleb's form for Newcastle United

It’ll soon be decision time for Newcastle United in terms of the club’s three loanees.

Friday, 24th July 2020, 4:45 pm

The club signed Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro in January’s transfer window.

Bentaleb and Rose, signed on loan from Schalke 04 and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, have been regular starters under Steve Bruce, while Inter Milan’s Lazaro has largely been used as an impact substitute.

Bruce will discuss their futures with United managing director Lee Charnley next week.

“We’ll have the conversations,” said head coach Bruce. “I’m going to sit down with Lee after the season finishes, and find out the respective positions of the clubs and what they want for their players.

"There’s no doubt the three of them have certainly helped us. If we hadn’t brought Danny in, we would have been toiling in that position. Bentaleb has come back from the break, and done well.

"The one who hasn’t really had the game time has been Lazaro, but, quietly, I’ve been pleased with him.”

Rose spoke about his future earlier this month in an interview with the club’s matchday programme.

Nabil Bentaleb. (Pic: Martin Swinney)

“For me, I’d love to play for Newcastle for longer than what’s on my contract,” said the 30-year-old. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that my days possibly are numbered at Spurs, and I’m playing for my future.

“There’s no bigger motivation for me. It’s probably been the first time in my career when I’ve been in this situation – never have I been down to less than one year on my contract, so it’s a new experience for me.”