Scott Wilson with the Northern Echo is reporting that both Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll have verbally agreed to extend their contracts to the end of the season. It is expected they will formally sign the deals this coming week.
That brings the total number of Magpies agreeing to extensions to four, including loanees Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose. It just leaves another loanee in Nabil Bentaleb as well as Matty Longstaff to extend their deals beyond June 30th.
The situation with Matty Longstaff is looking very bleak at the moment, with the youngster still yet to agree on any type of extension even to see out the remainder of this season.
We also are not sure what the situation will be with Rob Elliot, who is certain to leave the club after this season.
Both Carroll and Manquillo were reportedly in talks for an extension beyond this season, but that doesn’t look like it will happen just yet.
They both may have to wait until the new consortium gets the green light from the Premier League before sorting out their future at Newcastle – if they have one beyond this year.
Speaking of ginger-haired Newcastle Academy products named Matty, the Chronicle have spoken to Matty Pattison about the future of his former youth teammate Andy Carroll.
Pattison, who went on to play for local clubs Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, and South Shields, made 15 first-team appearances for Newcastle debuting under Glenn Roeder in 2006.
This is what Pattison, now an academy coach at Gateshead FC, had to say about Big Andy and his Magpie future:
“When he has played he’s been very effective. He hasn’t scored goals and he hasn’t played a lot, but when he does they seem to get results.
“He seems to have matured a hell of a lot, and certainly looks one of the senior players.
“You probably would have liked to have seen it a bit more often, but they seem to get solid results when they play him as a lone striker.”
Carroll is believed to have an appearance clause in his contract that could trigger another year if met. However, his troubles with injuries has severely hurt his chances of reaching that clause.
While Andy has been limited in his appearances, he’s been fantastic in the dressing room. Whether that is enough to take up a squad place for next season is debatable.
However, the 31-year-old could be seen as a positive presence during Newcastle’s transitional phase under new ownership.
Pattison thinks that could be the case. Hecontinued:
“If the takeover goes ahead and the club will have this abundance of wealth, they’re going to look to bring in real top players at the peak of their game.
“If they sign the quality of player they’re talking about, opportunities might be a little bit limited. Where that leaves him, I don’t really know.
“Personally, being a mate and knowing what he’s capable of, I would look at giving him another year. Even to just have him around the place.
“For new players coming to the club, he’s a great character and he’s obviously a big player in the dressing room.
“There’s a lot of fans who probably underestimate that sort of influence on a dressing room.
“When I had my time at Newcastle, the likes of Steve Harper – even though they didn’t play a load of games – their influence was massive.
“I think Andy is one of those players now. He’s a senior player and he’s got a lot of influence.
“He’s a big person in the city, and with the likes of Joelinton in the same position, he probably has given him a lot of encouragement and advice.
“He’s been there and he knows what it takes to play at the club. For me, you’ve got to look at keeping those sort of players around.”