Earlier this week, Steve Bruce spoke about his growing concerns regarding the lack of progress with contract talks for Matty Longstaff.
This is what the head coach said at the time:
“It’s a concern for us all, of course it is. I hope we can get that tied up, I really do.
“But they’ve got the power these days, the players. We see it often now, with young players as well.
“I hope there’s a bit of common sense. There’s nobody, at 19, played more games than [Matty]. He’s got an opportunity. If he’s fit, he plays (against Oxford).
“Look, we always want to keep our best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course. Let’s hope they both get tied up. I leave all that up to Lee Charnley.
“In all of it, with Matty in particular, at 19, he has now played 11, 12 times. I’ve dipped him in and out. I can’t see another 19-year-old playing (so regularly at PL level).”
The danger for Newcastle is that Longstaff can leave this summer for just a £400,000 compensation fee. There are reportedly some bigs clubs interested in signing Matty this summer.
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder was asked about Matty’s contract talks yesterday. What he said is not very encouraging:
“As it stands, the talks are deadlocked, and there is a couple of big European teams lying in wait to sign him this summer.”
It’s been widely reported that one of those ‘big European teams’ is Inter Milan. They would likely offer Matty the terms he is seeking, but the deadlock could also have a lot to do with his brother Sean wanting an improved contract.
Former Magpie Lee Clark has written a column in Tribal Football where he touches on Matty’s contract situation:
“It’s absolutely crucial the club tie down Matty Longstaff to a new contract.
“The club have been crying out for local lads who have come through from the academy, and there is now a manager in place who is prepared to play the youngsters, even above the senior players, and not wait for his hand to be forced through injuries or suspensions.”
It would be very damaging if Newcastle were to lose Matty this summer through a contract dispute. Not only would it be deflating to Newcastle fans, but it could also cause ripples through the Academy where Newcastle are trying to bring some top youngsters through.
One of those is Lee Clark’s son, Bobby, who is a promising young midfielder. Newcastle must sort this situation out with Matty as soon as possible. The longer it drags on, the more concerning it becomes.