Shay Given believes clubs were reluctant to loan players to Newcastle United this summer as they now view the Magpies as European suitors.
Newcastle made no additions by the deadline, with the club record signing Alexander Isak their final signing of the transfer window on August 26.
Newcastle were linked with loan moves for Chelsea stars Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja during the window, but none of those players ended up moving to St James’ Park. Hudson-Odoi joined Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long loan, while Pulisic, Gallagher and Broja remained at Chelsea.
Given that Chelsea would have been happy to loan any of these players to Newcastle in previous seasons, but with many now expecting the Magpies to compete for European football, the Blues were reluctant to loan players to a potential rival.
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“The recruitment last January and this summer, they have the right style of player, the right brand of player, the type of player who will commit to club football,” Given told Sky Sports News.
“Recruitment has been good with Eddie Howe and of course Dan Ashworth now, who has done a great job at Brighton. The whole club is doing really well.
“People are a bit reluctant (to loan players to Newcastle). They think ‘will these be competing with us for European places at the end of the season? Wait a minute, we don’t want to give them our best players.'”
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