The Daily Mail is reporting that Steve Bruce wants to offer 5 Newcastle first-teamers new contracts.
Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, and Isaac Hayden are who Steve Bruce sees as the core of the squad. They are all being lined up to get new contracts according to the report in the Daily Mail.
Shelvey, Ritchie, and Hayden all have less than two years remaining on their current deals which run out in the summer of 2021 so the club will try to tie them down to new ones.
We will be pleasantly surprised to see Matt Ritchie will get a new deal. He will be 31 when his current deal ends and he has been open in the past about wanting an extension.
We are not sure if the club will be hesitant or not. However, a two-year extension would likely be all he would get. He does, in our opinion, deserve at least that.
Jonjo Shelvey– new deal sounds good to me
Jonjo Shelvey is an interesting case as well due to him currently being on such high wages. We are not sure how Newcastle will approach any negotiations with Jonjo as he most likely will not get much of an increase to his current wages.
We would expect this one to linger as the club may even want him to take a slight pay cut. It will certainly be an interesting one to watch.
Getting Isaac Hayden to sign a new deal would be a real coup for Steve Bruce. Yesterday, Steve Bruce spoke about how he was positive that Hayden would remain at Newcastle. Getting Isaac to sign a new deal would signal the player’s intentions of really wanting to stay at Newcastle.
Bruce has handled the squad extremely well. Isaac’s willingness to reconsider his stance of leaving the club is a perfect example of Bruce’s ability to communicate with players
Martin Dubravka and Sean Longstaff are most likely up for new deals as they have outplayed their current contracts.
Dubravka has been the focus of much transfer speculation this summer. Most recently he has been linked with PSG. His absence from the past two pre-season matches has caused a bit of concern amongst the fans.
However, Steve Bruce has said there is nothing sinister in this absence. We hope to see Martin play in Saturday’s final pre-season game against St-Etienne.
His deal runs until 2022 and was just signed when he joined permanently last summer. It will also be a very good sign if the club can get him to sign a new deal.
Sean Longstaff too just signed his current contract but his was in December of 2018. That was just before he went on to star for his hometown club earlier this year.
With all the Manchester United talk around Sean, it is vital that Newcastle do give him a new contract as he has outperformed the one he just signed.
We will be very happy if all of these players can get new contracts. They are all crucial members of the team and we would hope that after these players get tied down, the club will look to get Fabian Schar a new deal as well. His current one is set to run out in just two years.