Matty Longstaff is one of those people who are gifted with great ability (in this case as a footballer) and he has that quiet confidence about him that most superstars have.
They seem to know they have been gifted with skills, and all they want to do is to reach their full potential, with what they have been given.
Matty Longstaff’s new contract at Newcastle United is only for two years, and while most young people would have signed up for the five year contract offered to him by his hometown club, Matty didn’t.
He is more interested in ensuring he will get ample playing time at the Magpies over the next two years.
If he doesn’t, he’s likely to be off looking for new opportunities at other clubs in the summer of 2022, although we hope he’s signed a new long-term deal at Newcastle before then..
There’s an excellent article in the Chronicle today and it’s an eye-opener on what Matty wants to achieve in football and the hold-up on his new deal – and it wasn’t about the money but about getting sufficient playing time.
That has been whispered for a while, but it’s only now that it’s coming out, after he signed his two year deal.
We thought Matty would be sent out on loan for the coming season, but maybe not – maybe he thinks he can nail down a first team place for the coming season.
Steve Bruce with Matty Longstaff – after Matty signed his new contract
Matty was available for a low £400K this summer, and it would have been a disgrace if he had left.
An absolute and utter disgrace – just to make the point.
Steve Bruce is an experienced manager and a former very experienced player as captain of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
And rather than trying to negotiate on wages and the like, it seems the people higher up at the club were happy enough to let Steve Bruce talk personally to both Matty and Freddie Woodman too.
His remit was to see if he could get them to sign new contracts to keep them at the club, until they are good enough to play regularly in the first team, which both want to do.
Bruce did well to get Freddie to sign up recently with the 23 year-old goalkeeper making it clear his goal in football is to become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
And we’re sure that the deal had a positive effect on, Matty, when he had his one-on-one talks with the manager, which ended with the youngster willing to stay for a couple of seasons.
Matty wants to play a lot of in the coming season, so if he does stay on Tyneside, we’re sure the onus will be on Bruce to give him ample playing time to develop and improve his game.
Certainly, after Projext Restart, he didn’t get any chances, after the three loan players had been brought in, but maybe the uncertainty of the 20-year-old’s future also had something to do with that?
Freddie is happy and back to Swansea, and it’s now up to him to prove what he can do (again) in South Wales in the coming season.
As for Matty, it’s not that clear, and the first thing Bruce has to decide is whether to keep him at Newcastle this season, or send him out on loan, probably to a Championship club.
Whatever happens, Matty is expecting to get first team playing time.
So there you have it.
Matty and Freddie have come through the Academy, would love to stay at Newcastle, and want to become first team regulars on Tyneside.
Hopefully, over the last couple of weeks, they have been given a road-map to do just that by the manager, and have been given new contracts to boot (excuse the pun).
Now it’s up to them – let’s hope they both succeed.
Here is a new petition for Premier League transparency from MP Chi Onwurah that she will present when Parliament returns.