Newcastle have insisted that a loan deal for Alan Smith will not happen in the near future, with the midfielder an important part of Alan Pardew’s plans for the season ahead.
“There’s no chance of Alan going out on loan,” the Newcastle manager said.
“I think at the moment I’m fortunate in that most of my players in and around the squad are fit. The competition is tough just to get on the bench.
“That was a major problem for me last year, I was sitting on that bench and one game I had young Tav (James Tavernier), young Sammy Ameobi – and that was a year ago, not where he is now – and Donaldson was on one of the benches for a Premier League game.
“Now I’ve got established professionals and people like Dan Gosling and Alan Smith not on the bench.
“Now it’s obvious whether we’re winning, losing or drawing those names that aren’t on the bench will get a mention and quite rightly, because they’re important in the squad. But they have to keep pushing.”
Newcastle are currently undefeated this season, and sit at fourth on the Barclays Premier League table.
While Newcastle were unable to land a striker before the end of deadline day, and lost Joey Barton to QPR over the last weekend of the transfer window, the north-east club are still doing particularly well.