Sean Longstaff has been underwhelming since his return from the knee injury he suffered in March. While he has been putting in the effort, he seems to be a bit off the pace at times and somewhat tentative.
While that is to be expected when recovering from a severe injury, Longstaff has yet to show the form that brought him to the attention of Manchester United this summer.
Sean recently mentioned that he was flattered with the interest of the Red Devils but always follows those revelations with his desire to play for Newcastle United.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Steve Bruce has spoken to Sean to tell him to forget about outside distractions and just concentrate on his performances for his hometown club.
Sean Longstaff– needs to get back to the form he showed last year
This is what Bruce has said about the 21-year-old:
“I think Sean Longstaff now needs to concentrate on his own performances, rather than worrying about speculation and tittle-tattle. I don’t think there was any real legs in the Man United story, it all happened before I arrived here.
“All Sean can do now is recover from his bad knee and start putting in the performances that would ultimately get you linked – and start playing well again.”
There were reports last week that Manchester United were plotting a £40m swoop for Sean to help bolster their midfield. With Sean’s performances being a little off so far, we find those reports to be somewhat dubious.
However if Sean is reading about them, then Bruce does need to have a talk with him to make sure he does not get unsettled.
Bruce also talked about the midfielder’s contract situation. It was reported earlier in the year that the club were going to make Sean one of the highest paid players at the club. In one report, the amount of £80k/week was mentioned.
Those reports appear to be wide of the mark based on the following comments by Bruce:
“I do believe he signed a new contract last Christmas. There is no problem there contract wise.
“The thing for him now is to forget contracts, forget his knee injury, forget Man Utd, it’s all about playing well for us now and getting back to playing like we know he is capable.”
We’re not sure how we feel about Bruce making all of this public. Bruce has a bad habit of revealing too much in his interviews. While we appreciate Bruce talking to the young Geordie, what he says should be left between them. There’s no reason to make this public.
It comes across as though Sean is pushing for a move or a new deal. We just hope that wouldn’t be the case. Everything we’ve heard from Sean points to him wanting to continue to play for Newcastle United.