Lee Ryder in the Chronicle has written an article with some comments by Steve Bruce about his plan to get new deals for five players. The five players identified are Martin Dubravka, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles.
The Daily Mail had reported that Steve Bruce wanted to get five players signed to new deals a week and a half ago. However, they had Jonjo Shelvey in the place of Jamaal Lascelles in their report.
Steve seems determined to get the core of the current group tied down as quickly as possible. We think it is a great idea but we would also like to see Fabian Schar get a better deal also. He has just two years left on his deal and has been an outstanding player in his first year at the club. Hopefully, a new deal for Fabian is in the works.
Jonjo, Sean, and Isaac– alright, who talks to Lee first?
Martin Dubravka and Sean Longstaff need to get new deals to stave off the inevitable interest that will be shown in them by other clubs. Both have relatively new deals but were signed prior to them showing their current value.
Sean Longstaff signed his current deal in December before he exploded onto the scene and became an obsession of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Martin Dubravka’s deal is the one signed when he joined the club permanently last summer after an outstanding loan spell. This past season he has solidified his standing as a top class Premier League keeper.
The captain Jamaal Lascelle’s current deal is also new but Steve Bruce seems to want to reward him. Lascelles will have been a big help to Bruce in getting the squad focused for the new season. Rewarding him with a new deal makes a lot of sense.
Ritchie and Hayden all have less than two years remaining on their current deals so getting them tied down to news deals should be a priority.
Isaac Hayden gave an interview yesterday lauding the support of the fans as the main reason he stayed at Newcastle after asking to leave last summer and again in January.
When asked about Isaac specifically this is what Bruce said, as he also mentioned the other players that he wants to get new contracts.
“I never want to talk about people’s personal circumstances but I think there’s been a little change in that too.
“He’s indicated he’s willing to sit down and talk to us.
“I’m delighted, of course.
“Him and Matt Ritchie and the goalkeeper and the captain, there are probably four or five we want to talk to.”
It would quite a masterstroke by Steve Bruce if he can get Hayden to sign a new deal. Now is the time to do it. In fact, this is the time to get all of these players signed up.
We would also like to see if Jonjo Shelvey can get a new deal though he is on massive wages and it might be a problem to get him an improved deal. However, an extension to his current deal would be something we would like to see get worked out. He too only has two years remaining on his deal. And he seems to just love it at Newcastle.
It looks like the process might have already begun as well. Steve Bruce said this about the players deserving new deals and that Lee Charnley has spoken to some of them.
“They deserved new deals which we need to tie them up to.
“I think Lee’s already spoken to two or three.”