Matty Longstaff made his season debut in our 2-0 loss at Southampton two weeks ago. The 20-year-old had been out since pre-season with a pesky thigh injury. He played twice for Chris Hogg’s U23s before finally getting a half an hour against the Saints.
Longstaff was a revelation last October when he bagged a goal on his league debut to sink Manchester United 1-0 at St. James’ Park. He scored again against the Red Devils in a 4-1 defeat on Boxing day.
Appearances were hard to come by for the local lad in 2020. He was handed just 2 league starts and 3 in our FA Cup run after New Years’ Day. He still hit the headlines though with a protracted contract saga that was never resolved until he became a free agent.
He ultimately signed a quick fix two-year deal in late August. However, the clock continued to tick on his Newcastle future before the ink was even dry. This summer we could be back at it again as he enters the final year of his contract.
The hope is Newcastle won’t let it get to that point. The deal in August was to buy time to reach an agreement on a long-term contract with the promising midfielder. However, his injury has not helped matters.
Matty needs an opportunity to show his value in order to get the terms he is likely seeking. Newcastle will also need to see him produce on the pitch to offer a long-term deal with higher wages.
The Chronicle is reporting that Matty has signed up with the Triple S agency and has left Beswick Sports.
Triple S agency was founded by former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd. They tweeted an announcement confirming the news yesterday.
— Triple S Group (@TripleSSports) November 18, 2020
Hopefully, this change in agents will mean smoother negotiations on a long-term deal for Longstaff. However, we don’t expect any progress on talks to be imminent with Matty just returning from his long lay-off.
Newcastle and Matty must not let the events that played out last season and late into this summer happen again.