Newcastle defender Paul Dummett spoke to the Chronicle recently about Newcastle’s 19-year-old sensation Matty Longstaff.
It was unfortunate for Paul that he didn’t get in the game against Manchester United, where Matty was able to score on his Premier League debut and grab all three points for Newcastle.
With both players being from the area, they will have a bit of kinship amongst them. Especially nowadays with there being so few Geordies in the Newcastle side.
Matty Longstaff’s contract runs out this summer. While both Newcastle and Matty are likely to want to come to terms on a new deal, a lot will depend on how he progresses this season.
Paul Dummett revealed what he told the youngster about getting a new deal at Newcastle:
“We spoke a little bit in the change rooms about certain things, and I just said you know everyone knows that he’s out of contract at the end of the season, so he’s got to make his own decision on what he wants to do.
“Obviously he’s a Newcastle fan. I’m sure he’ll want to stay in Newcastle for many years and play a lot of games, the same as what his brother will want to do.
“All Geordies grew up wanting to play for Newcastle so they will be the same as anyone else and will be desperate to stay here as a local player and play a lot of games.”
“It’s a tough one [to make it]. There’s a lot of players in the past who have played one game, maybe up to 10 games and never played anymore – but he’s got a good family around him and his brother is the same.
“As long as he keeps his feet on the ground and keeps doing what has got him to the position he’s in – which will be a lot of hard work and dedication.
“You saw in the game on Sunday, they both ran the most of anyone on the pitch – so as long as he carries on playing the way he is best, he will make a good career in Newcastle and hopefully we can keep them for many years to come.”
Like Paul, we have little doubt that Matty will sign a long-term deal with Newcastle. The issues to be ironed out will depend on what Matty does as the season moves ahead.
It would be in his best interest to see how much of a presence he can make in the first-team before agreeing on a new deal as that will impact the financial aspects of his contract.
Matty also strikes us as being a cut above some of the other local lads who have failed to make the grade at Newcastle. He seems to have that special something where the moment is not too big for him. He certainly showed that against Manchester United.
We would love to see both Matty and his older brother Sean get new deals at some point this season. We’d also expect to see a lot more of Matty in the first-team as this season progresses.