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Report – Newcastle Make Breakthrough On New Deal For Young Standout

Luke Edwards, in the Telegraph, is reporting that Matty Longstaff has agreed on a new contract with Newcastle United. His previous deal was set to expire in the summer.

Edwards is reporting that a breakthrough in negotiations with the 19-year-old has been reached and the new deal will be signed within the next few weeks. The terms or length of the deal were not revealed in the report.

This is excellent news that Newcastle will keep one of the bright young talents at the club. While it was always likely to happen at some stage this season, to get the deal out of the way will be good for the youngster as he can continue to focus on his football.

Matty made his Premier League debut against Manchester United, where he scored that monumental goal. He has firmly entrenched himself in the match-day squad ahead of the more experienced Ki Sung-yueng.

While he has not played in the last two matches, Matty is now in and around a starting place after not featuring in the first two months of the campaign.

Matty and Sean Longstaff– new deal for Matty but Sean must wait

The report also touches on Matty’s older brother Sean Longstaff. The 22-year-old signed his current deal less than a year ago but it was before his big breakthrough earlier this year.

Reports of a new deal for Sean has been bandied about since his strong link to Manchester United this summer. There was even a report earlier this year that Newcastle were ready to make Sean one of the highest-paid players at the club.

However, according to the Telegraph report, Steve Bruce is reluctant to give Sean a new deal just yet. He wants to see more from the Geordie midfielder before making him one of the top earners at Newcastle.

Apparently, negotiations have been put on hold until the end of this season. At that point, they will continue after Sean has completed a full season in the first-team.

The report also mentions that the elder Longstaff is not in any rush to leave his hometown club. That is despite recent reports that Manchester United are still interested in making a move for Sean in the winter.

We think, on the whole, this is promising news if accurate. Getting Matty tied down should be one of the top priorities for Newcastle. We really didn’t have any concerns that it would get completed sooner rather than later.

The issue with Sean is a little bit more complicated. It seems his representatives are pushing for the best deal possible for the midfielder. This is understandable, but he has not performed at the same level as he did last year.

His season has been stunted by his recovery from last season’s knee injury, a recent ankle injury, and now his three-game suspension for his red card. So it appears as though Newcastle want to see how Sean progresses over the course of this season before offering him a lucrative new deal.

We are slightly concerned with this approach due to the Manchester United interest. However, by all accounts, Sean loves playing for Newcastle United, so we have faith that a new contract is on the horizon.

37 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Bills Son Is Back,
    So basically because Ashley set the guy up to fail from the off, if he manages to do ok then it’s all good and well, Ashley will then say Brucie, you’ve passed the test now I want a top eight finish at the very least and I’ll pay for it. No way.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    The thing you’re trying to sell me is that Bruce is a victim rather than a symptom of exactly what’s going on at the club. That’s not true, because by being complicit in Ashley’s restrictive remit and doing so to land the job, he’s part of the problem, not a sufferer of it.

    And stop with this “better start” stuff that’s complete and specious nonsense, if he was any good he’d have us in equal or better form than the last half of last season. And it IS his fault he has replacement players to “bed in” because as above, he accepted it. He’s no improvement, he’s a backward step.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Hard sell to get us all to think Bruce is great after all and that we will win stuff with him. Marvellous.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    “The thing you’re trying to sell me is that Bruce is a victim rather than a symptom of exactly what’s going on at the club”

    Actually, I’ve very often said specifically that Bruce is a symptom of what’s wrong with the club and that we need to treat the infection.

    There’s no hint of him being a victim – he knew very well what he was getting into before he jumped.

    When did I mention it was anyone’s ‘fault’ that there are new players to bed in? I was just saying that with Rafa in place we may have had different players. Just speculating really.

    Jail, I left a reply on the last post, I’ll spare you the repost as I know how you feel 😉

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    “Hard sell to get us all to think Bruce is great after all and that we will win stuff”

    And I definitely never said that. Or even implied it.

    All I’ve said is that he’s been successful in achieving his early season targets and we should give him a break.

    I’m still curious to know what you think Rafa could have achieved given the constraints imposed by Ashley, which I think is still a fair measure by which to judge Bruce’s progress.

  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I think if you’d asked a Norwich City fan at
    5pm on Sat 17th August , if they’d take their old
    club captain , Steve Bruce , to replace Daniel Farke
    he would have laughed in your face.

    If you’d asked him the same question on Friday
    night he’d have taken your hand off.

    As Jimmy Greaves used to say
    “It’s a funny old game”

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    If Matty is indeed about to sign a new contract, that’s great news. He may not play regularly for the next couple of seasons, but he’s a fully integrated member of the first team squad now and, with his brother, a shining example to the current Academy players of the path that exists to the first team.

    Good on him, with his call-up to the England U20s, he’ll be on cloud 9 at the moment. If the England scouts are spending time up here watching him, they may even take some time to have a look at some of our other junior players.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    that link you put up for the NUFC foundation, you’d better advise toon22 not to watch it!!

    And I notice that M Salah was there as well.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyway short drop in as I have to go out, later!

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Well ok striding past the hypothesis of Rafa staying under Ashley, I’d say Rafa would have done better than Bruce would have done, based on the firm spike of last season. We were heading somewhere tangibly. Who would you prefer to see labouring under this? Bruce or Benitez? I know who I would.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Job Bruce would only be welcomed back at a Sheff Utd by virtue of having been here first. I’m pretty sure if he was still at Sheffield Weds he wouldn’t be first pick 🙂

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib. You sometimes say some daft things before thinking them through 🙂

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    That leaves Norwich and Villa fighting for his signature at Sheff Weds. Ha ha. That’ll happen.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #14

    In Bruce we trust, and because of him we will finish top 10.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ve seen plenty in the last few matches to say that we will have a good season.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    “if he was any good he’d have us in equal or better form than the last half of last season”

    2nd half of last season: 19 games, takes us back to Watford on the 29th December
    Record – W9, L8, D3, 21 points at 1.11 pts / game

    So far this season, we’re P12, W4, L5, D3, 15 points at 1.25 pts / game.

    I think that’s demonstrably better form than the last half of last season, especially given the fact that of those 12 games, 5 were against teams from last season’s top 6, another 4 were against teams that finished above us last season and only 3 were against teams that finished below us.

    As I say, I think we should give him a break.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    8) Saint-Maximin following in Ginola and Robert’s footsteps
    Allan Saint-Maximin is the type of winger fans adore and at whom coaching technocrats roll their eyes. An elemental force of nature, Newcastle’s latest cult hero is unusual in that – with his teacher mother wanting him to concentrate on his education and, in particular, learning English – the 22?year?old was not coached one- and two?touch football in a conventional academy. Instead, he played street football near his home on the outskirts of Paris, and became a highly improvisational dribbler with adhesive tight control. When he joined Saint-Étienne, and later Nice, his unorthodox gifts set him apart. Now he belongs to a distinguished rollcall of flashy French wide boys – David Ginola, Laurent Robert, Hatem Ben Arfa – for whom Newcastle fans have long harboured a particular weakness. Enjoy him while you can. Louise Taylor

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Or is using the 2nd half of last season’s form also now ‘complete and specious nonsense’ because it doesn’t fit your agenda?

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh stats are back! So we’re using a half of last season to compare to this one so far? Hmm. Yep.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Bleatin – Jib. You sometimes say some daft things before thinking them through.

    Pot calling the kettle black there.

    You keep mentioning that Bruce should have had us performing as well as Rafa did in the second half of last season.

    Are you for real?

    Rafa never got his first win until the 11th game and it took a fair while to work Rondon, an experienced Prem player, into a style that best suited Perez and the team.

    Second half of the season from January we averaged 1.52pts a game from 19 matches.

    Let’s compare Bruce…

    Played Arsenal, Spurs, Leicester, Manu U and Chelsea in his first 9 games.

    Lost our two top scorers replaced by two youngsters with no experience in the Prem.

    Lost Lejeune early doors, M Longstaff back but not match fit from a long injury.

    Lost Hayden for three games with no DM back uo after Diame was sold.

    Lost ASM with injury and he couldn’t play a full game until the 7th game in.

    Points result – 15 from 12 games, average 1.25pts per game.

    15 x 1.52pts = 18pts.

    That means Bruce is just 3pts behind where Rafa was in the run you refer to last season.

    I think Bruce has done remarkably well under the circumstances to be so close to Rafa’s average points in the back end of last season.

    I also think you talk a load of anti-Bruce baloney.

    For a man who keeps saying “give me the facts”…

    Your dissing Bruce so far compared to Rafa’s last half season is laughable.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21


    do you mean the rafa-esque levels which saw us spectacularly turn the corner in November and become statistically from then to the end of the season one of the most in form teams in the division. Don’t think you can conveniently reinvent history there just because you don’t like someone. If Joel and St Max outscore Rondon and Perez you may have more of a case, but even if the goals come from Fernandez and Shar rather then 40M strikers, who brought those 2 in the first place for peanuts?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #22

    That’s literally exactly what you said would be a fair comparison – “if he was any good he’d have us in equal or better form than the last half of last season”

    Now you’re saying it’s not a fair comparison because he’s not yet been in control for a full half season?

    You need to make your mind up Tsunki, you’re making yourself look foolish here.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    So we’ve beaten a dysfunctional spurs and man utd definitely not typical of their sides, west ham and Bournemouth there’s a third of a season and that’s better than the last half of last season because of stats? We were doing well with two months to go last season we were scoring with forwards or mids and narrowly missed out against a very strong Liverpool does that compare with out current season so far? We were a lot more capable and attacking side when we finished up.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    If bruce keeps turning it round great, but why do you have to keep putting rafa down, why not just be grateful for all he did here. bruce’s face fits better with ashley, Rafa’s never would because of what he wanted, simple as, no need to keep endlessly comparing and dissing the guy. If you’re going to compare one bad start to a season over all of bruce’s and rafa’s careers it will not make great reading for the Rafa haters.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Leave it out Rob i can see you working to justify Brice when you use stats that don’t tell the whole picture. As has been mentioned we finished last season as one of the top in form sides. Based on your stats we are a top form side based on three games. I’m not picking stuff out of the air I think a few people aren’t probe to buttering up Bruce’s record which is hardly stellar do far and historically woeful. Giving him beefy goal averages over a handful of games is just pants.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Ah, so Bleatin is Tsunki! Wasn’t aware, but with the pretentious tone I should have known.

    I haven’t forgot what I asked all the “Bruce is guaranteed to get us relegated” brigade at the start of the season, so I will come back to it:

    What is the relative points difference made by having ‘world-class’ Rafa and ‘Championship at best dino’ Bruce with a given squad, in their opinion. I eventually got an answer form JfA if memory serves, he put it at about 14pts, think he predicted us to finish on 35 this season and be relegated.

    I’ll ask you Tsunki, what do you think the difference is between them in quality, when measured by points over a season?

    I only ask because, if you think similarly to JfA and say 12-15pts, then if we finish on 45+pts that will completely invalidate Rafa’s given reason for leaving by your own logic, as he would surely would have got us on the verge of top 6 with this squad and it would have been definitive progress.

    You just sound like a glory supporter not getting his fix to be honest. Go and support Man City, or maybe Dalian Yifang – not sure Rafa is showing his world-class management there yet though, been a while since he has anywhere.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27


    One thing about Tsunki. His arrogance can never, ever let him concede he is wrong. He will twist and twist to avoid doing so. Thinks he’s cleverer than he is and by God will his ego demand he protects that self-image.

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    For the first time in yonks I didn’t watch any footie at the weekend or check the blog.

    Saturday was spent with the family and friends at a swimming pool – sun, swimming, laughs and beer. Popped to the NAAFI on the way home (for more drinks to take around to the neighbours) and heard the BFBS report that Newcastle came from behind to win!!!! Brill 🙂

    Sunday was full uniform in the heat for Remembrance Service and then invited people back to ours for a drink…..turned into a right party. No better way to pay respects.

    What an awesome weekend.

    Just watched MOTD coverage of the Toon game at lunch time. What a brill 3 points. Yedlin’s bullet header was amazing and ASM is some player – luv him. I really hope he and Miggy can start finding the back of the net as well as Joelinton. If our front three start firing and the defense keep it tight (along with chipping in with goals) we could really destroy some teams.

    Anyway, feeling good for the int break.


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Bills Son

    Not to mention Bruce has managed this start in the midst of a boycott, fan pressure since he walked in the door and a truncated pre-season which he didn’t plan.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #30


    You’ve been beaten.

    Well and truly beaten.

    Trying to diss Bruce by saying Spurs and man U were dysfunctional is desperate back pedalling from you…

    And you know it.

    You spouted off about Rafa’s points performance in the back half of last season without CHECKING THE FACTS.

    For someone who comes across as a pretentious, pompous, know it all that must be a blow to your ego bonny lad.

    You AINT as smart as you think you area…

    Beaten Bleatin, for you from now on.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    “We were a lot more capable and attacking side when we finished up.”

    Yep, we had Rondon and Perez, a settled team and a manager who had worked with the squad for three + seasons. It was also later in the season when the new players were properly integrated. Is it Bruce’s fault that he doesn’t have any of those things or is it to his credit that he’s been able to find a way regardless?

    As for saying ‘Man U and Spurs aren’t what they were’, well maybe but Bruce can only ask the lads to beat what’s in front of them.

    Does the narrow loss away vs Chelsea equate to the battling defeat at home to Liverpool? You say we were doing well in the last two months of last season, well I’ll go back to my original point that we’ve done better in the opening third of this season than we did last season.

    I think we’ve likely had more shots on target, we just haven’t scored as many goals. Time and experience will help our front players in that regard.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda, I never intended to put Rafa down, and actually don’t think I have done. I wish more than anything he was still here, I’d have had him at the club for life.

    I don’t think Bruce is a patch on Rafa as a manager of a football club, but I do think he deserves some credit as a Coach. I think he’s done well.

    Apologies if I implied anything else.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #33


    I’m not slagging off Rafa and never have.

    I mentioned Rafa because Beaten Bleatin wrongly tried to diss Bruce by comparing Rafa’s finish to last season with Bruce’s start.

    Beaten Bleatin (aka Tsunki) has been proven to be a pompous buffoon.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Goals first 12 games last season – 9

    Goals first 12 games this season – 12

    Let’s wait for Beaten Bleatin to say defender goals don’t count.

    What a buffoon the man is.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Y’see, Bills, I’m having a perfectly reasonable debate with Tsunki and then you wade in with the insults. Why? What’s the point? I may not always agree with Tsunki, but I do respect him.

    Tsunki “As has been mentioned we finished last season as one of the top in form sides. Based on your stats we are a top form side based on three games.”

    If you’d rather we took the end of last season in isolation as we were towards the top of the form table, over the last 6 games we won 3, lost 2 and drew one. Solid form, for sure, for which Rafa was rightly praised as we drew away from the relegation zone.

    Over the last six games under Bruce, we’ve won 3, lost 2 and drawn 1. We’re in 6th place in the form table and have moved away from the relegation zone.

    I’m just saying, maybe Bruce is due some praise also.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafa is gone, distant memory.

  • B&W blood

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #37

    I will always appreciate what Rafa did for us, but i am also willing to give Bruce a chance. I think we will end up with a similar points total to last year. If we do i think Bruce will deserve some credit due to the negativity he walked into. I think the positivity around Rafa and the support he got from fans was worth 5 or 6 points across the season


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