Sat 2 Mar 2024, 11:59 · Ash Harrison

'I'm not done': 19-year-old Newcastle loanee says there is still more to come from him this season

'I'm not done': 19-year-old Newcastle loanee says there is still more to come from him this season
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One area Newcastle United will definitely be looking to recruit for this summer is right-wing ... or is it?

There are no two ways about it, we have been known to be extremely critical of Miguel Almiron on this site, maybe too critical at times, but even the most staunch Miggy enthusiast must concede that he's just not good enough for where we're heading as a club.

The man's work-rate can never be questioned and his running off the ball does open up gaps in the opposition, but it's when he's got the ball that things start to go wrong. We, and therefore every opposition player, know exactly what he's going to do and it's so easy to lead him down a blind alley and force an error.

Newcastle's right-wing is definitely in need of imrovement

Meanwhile, our other option is Jacob Murphy who we absolutely love to bits, but again, there's no getting away from it, he's way below the levels we're aiming for. Both players are prone to the odd outstanding performance, but both sorely lack consistency.

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Newcastle's right wing options

Therefore then, Newcastle will have to delve into the transfer market to bolster that position ... or maybe not. Over in Holland, plying his trade for Eredivisie champions, Feyenoord is a young lad named Yankuba Minteh who just so happens to be a Newcastle United player who plays on the right wing.

Minteh is reportedly improving week on week at Feyenoord under the watchful eye of Arne Slot. The Dutch media have often called out Minteh for a lack of end product and a sometimes less than stellar work rate, but Slot has always leapt to his defence. Let's be honest, that's why he's on loan there, to work on these shortcomings before he pulls on the black and white.

The more we hear about Minteh the more we hope he will stick around next season rather than being loaned out again. He's playing at the top of the Eredivisie and has gained Champions League experience this season, so why not test him out in the Premier League next term?

We can't wait to see Minteh in a Newcastle shirt

Minteh himself has spoken to Voetbal International (via The Chronicle) about his time in the Netherlands and has said there's still more to come.

“I didn’t always have an easy time at Feyenoord, I got injured, then the African Cup got in the way, so I was able to play less than might have been possible. It is not easy to be a Feyenoord winger.

“You have to score goals and provide assists and perform your defensive duties. That’s a lot, but not an issue for me. That’s how I grew up as a football player: first your tasks, then attack.”

“I'm not done yet at Feyenoord. I want to show more of what I have to offer. We are no longer active in Europe, but there are still plenty of great matches to come.”

We still expect Newcastle to go looking for a new winger, probably someone a bit more experienced, but we also expect at least one of Miggy or Murphy to be sold, so that still leaves the door open for Minteh.