There has been news in the last two days that Newcastle have matched the Udinese bid of £30K/week for 20-year-old central midfielder Matty Longstaff.
If that’s true and Udinese have indeed pulled out of the bidding, as also reported, then we hope Matty will still be with us next season and will sign a new contract.
We also wonder if the increased bid from Newcastle, again if it’s true, is an indication the takeover will indeed go through.
Better late than never on two fronts there – Matty and the takeover (if it happens).
But we also have another emerging star at Newcastle in England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Freddie has looked a class act since joining us back in 2014, when his father, Andy, was the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle,
Woodman has spent this season at Swansea and has played 36 games in the Championship to add to his experience and he has now played 75 first team games.
But he’s also 23 now but has only played 4 times for the Newcastle first team.
It’s another dilemma for Steve Bruce to handle.
And on another Zoom video call, the Newcastle manager had this to say about Freddie as reported in the Chronicle:
“It’s vitally important he’s getting game time, a bit like the Dean Henderson situation at Man U,”
“He’s playing and it’s important for his career, too, that he’s playing regularly.”
“We have taken up the option on him and in an ideal world, we let him back out on loan again. That is probably where we’re at.”
“We’re very fortunate to have Dubravka, and Karl Darlow reminded us all what a good goalkeeper he is.”
“So in that department, we are delighted with what we have got.”
“We’re very strong and we welcome Mark on board. He will be a welcome addition to the squad.”
The signing of the 28-year-old Geordie goalkeeper Mark Gillespie suggests that he will be fighting it out for the number two goalkeeper position at Newcastle with Karl Darlow.
The best scenario is for Freddie to sign a new deal at Newcastle and go on loan for another season.
But he probably wants to settle somewhere and has done extremely well on loan at Swansea, who would like to sign him – on loan or permanently for next season.
We may have to let him go.
Martin Dubravka is in such good form and Karl Darlow looks very good when he comes in to play like the former Nottingham Forest goalie proved in the game against Manchester City.
What do you think?