Towards the end of September, Newcastle and Steve Bruce sanctioned the departure of Dan Barlaser to Rotherham.
The midfielder spent time on loan with the Millers last term, helping them achieve promotion to the Championship before returning to St James’ Park.
Unsurprisingly, Paul Warne wanted the 23-year-old back at the New York Stadium. The Chronicle report that Bruce allowed the midfielder to leave with a heavy heart, as another loan deal wouldn’t have suited the player who can no longer be considered a youth prospect anymore.
However, after his display against Nottingham Forest last night, the Magpies boss might be regretting the decision which he was reluctant to make.
Barlaser bossed ex-Newcastle manager Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest side in a 1-1 draw.
The Gateshead-born playmaker scored Rotherham’s goal with a well-taken penalty, but it was his overall display which might leave Bruce kicking himself.
According to SofaScore, Rotherham’s No.23 had 75 touches of the ball, which was more than any of his teammates managed. Barlaser also had two shots – both of which were on target – while he completed three crosses and three long passes.
He also showcased his defensive steel with one tackle, one clearance and one interception as Warne’s men earned an impressive point.
Bruce has the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and the Longstaff brothers to use in midfield.
However, we feel that he might be sat at home wondering if he shouldn’t have cashed in on Barlaser after his masterclass at the City Ground on Tuesday evening.