Steve Bruce has given his pre-match press conference for the Wolves match this Sunday. One of the subjects Steve Bruce delved into was new contracts.
With Martin Dubravka signing a new six-year deal on Thursday, Bruce was asked about other players who should be in line for new deals. Bruce talked about the Longstaff brothers being in negotiations for new contracts but did not mention anyone else specifically.
SB on discussions with Sean and Matty Longstaff : “These things don’t take one day any more… I’m quietly confident we’ll get there. They’re two young lads with a big future.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/oXozHSfEtl
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 25, 2019
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh issued the following comments by Bruce that are striking, to say the least.
Bruce: "Lee (Charnley) is in discussions with two or three others beyond Martin (Dubravka) as well about new deals; I'm quietly confident on the Longstaffs. Martin's been marvellous & we're delighted he's signed a new deal. He's a very good goalkeeper & #nufc have unearthed one"
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) October 25, 2019
We hope that the reference to two or three others is just a colloquialism from Bruce. There should be a lot more than only two or three that Lee Charnley is talking too. Isaac Hayden, Fabian Schar, and the Longstaff brothers would be the minimum that the club should be looking to get tied down on new deals.
Fabian Schar– is he in discussions for a new deal
With Sean and Matty Longstaff being local lads, we are less concerned with them signing new deals. However, we are getting distraught that Fabian Schar could be away this January.
There’s no talk of our best player being given a new deal and that is troubling, to say the least. His contract is up in just 20 months so now is the time for Lee Charnley to be in discussions with the 27-year-old.
To compound our worry, Newcastle are linked with an awful lot of center-backs currently despite having six on the books. Over the past few months, we are said to be tracking Preston’s Ben Davies, Burnley’s Ben Gibson, Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall, and Hellas Verona’s Koray Gunter.
We hope none of these players are being scouted as January replacements for Schar. We understand the need to track some central defenders with Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark likely to not be given new deals.
However, Schar is our best player and we need to do everything to try to keep him at Newcastle. A six-year deal would be fine with us despite him turning 28 in December.
We hope that the silence on the Schar contract front is just another example of the club not communicating with its fans. To lose Fabian this winter would be absolutely devastating to the already fractured morale of the Newcastle fans.
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