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A Loan To The Championship Is Likely The Best Path Forward For Young Midfielder



Incoming transfers will grab most of the headlines this summer, but what Steve Bruce decides to do with Matty Longstaff will be one to watch closely. The 21-year-old is entering the final year of the two-year contract he signed last summer which basically only kicked the big decision on his future down the road.

This time around it could take some convincing to get the local lad to commit to Newcastle. He made just 5 appearances last term and was frozen out for the final three months despite giving a good account of himself during a stretch of starts at the turn of the New Year.

Matty’s season got off to a foreboding start due to a pesky thigh injury that kept him out of the reckoning for the first two months. He made his season debut in early November in the 2-0 defeat at Southampton coming on as a second-half substitute.

The midfielder didn’t get a real opportunity until late December and early January where he was handed four starts in five matches. Then just as suddenly as Matty came into the team, he was out of Bruce’s thinking for the remainder of the season with the head coach opting for experience down the stretch.


Ultimately, Bruce’s decision to block a loan move to Watford in January turned out to be a very poor one. It cost Matty a great opportunity to get some first-team football under his belt. With Joe Willock being brought in on loan, Bruce had enough cover in midfield to sanction the move.

However, hindsight is 20/20 as they say and Newcastle have work to do to salvage Longstaff’s future as a Magpie. The best course forward could be to follow the Freddie Woodman example of two years ago.

Woodman was coming off a similarly disappointing campaign after having a loan move blocked by then-manager Rafa Benitez. The goalkeeper had a few starts in the FA Cup but it was first-team football that he was thirsting for.

In 2019, Woodman, as he was entering the final year of his deal, agreed to a year-long extension before heading to Swansea for a season-long loan. That proved to be an outstanding decision as Freddie improved immensely and signed a three year deal last summer before going back to the Liberty Stadium this past season.

Newcastle could work out a similar loan move for Matty and convince him to extend his current contract to 2023. He should have no shortage of Championship clubs willing to bring him in next season. While Watford have been promoted, The Chronicle claims that Derby are looking at Matty as a loan option for next season.


399 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #81

    Carltoon, Sky Atlantic is the only legitimate way to watch it U.K. at the moment. The whole series is on SKY, either as a box set or On demand.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #82

    Gin time, I might be back later, but don’t bank on it, cheers!

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  • anxer

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #83

    The premier league was trying to take action against KSA since at least 2018 too.

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/1297889

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #84

    Ah! Ok Bob, don’t get too drunk !

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #85

    I get the want to be positive about the takeover honestly I do but piracy was a major part in why it didn’t happen. I don’t think we can gloss over that, no red flags was the line peddled by the buyers and it was false (either down to being naive or intentionally misleading). If arbitration shows no separation then its piracy which is why the Saudis will walk away again

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #86

    Afternoon all, first day back at work after 10 days off and it seemed as though i had never been away, more getting furloughed for the rest of the week.

    Happy Birthday to cleveleysbob, enjoy your day fella.

    Bein are concerned about piracy, they have been for a good few years , i noticed though that they don`t call out Amazon for their Firesticks, Adam made a very good point about that.
    Simple answer to that is that Bein don`t have a gripe with them, they have a huge gripe with the Saudi`s though, and that is the crunch of it.
    Piracy will never be stopped, there are too many whizz kids finding ways to get around having their eyes ripped out by Sky, BT ect.

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #87

    If they can prove separation it won’t matter then will it.

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #88

    WLT exactly, every country have piracy issues.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #89

    Mund,
    This is what let’s people down, when you’re posting stuff like that it makes other stuff less believable. It clearly looks like the rich six had a say in matters but when people are posting “poor us, it’s all against us” type stuff it makes it sound like victim mentality, you posting that beIN didn’t care about piracy until the takeover started really doesn’t help people separate the truth from actual events.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #90

    carltoon

    I’m honestly not sure. If separation is proved then that might remove the piracy concern (PIF can’t be held accountable as would have no grounds to take action against piracy, state would). If separation isn’t proved, maybe the league could steal claim piracy being an issue as it’s a Saudi based/led consortium who would be the majority shareholder. I honestly don’t know how it will play out whatever the outcome.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #91

    It’s true every country has piracy issues but not every countries government is supporting those piracy companies

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #92

    It’s true though if separation is proven then these issues go away and the takeover could go through. If it’s not then they will be off

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #93

    carltoon,
    I think separation is the big one, like you say, if they prove that then how can they be held accountable for someone else’s actions.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #94

    I think it is as clear as day, if separation can`t be proved then MBS will be held responsible for the piracy issue , even though he is not directly responsible, as if lol.

    It is imperative that separation can be proved imo, otherwise it`s back to square one.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #95

    Jail

    Piracy has been a problem for over 10 years and beIN could of prevented all of what followed since they had the rights of they actually wanted to but they overlooked it and IMO didn’t care.

    So for something like 12 years of piracy and they have only been trying the last 4 years to put a stop to it? It’s used as a tool simple as that.

    Why do you think he the PL want MBS down as a director? So they can reject it

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #96

    So Jail you now believe the big 6 had a say? Considering you have been saying they haven’t.

    Kinda makes things you say less believable 🙄

    Not like you believed anything I said anyway so don’t really get that one

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #97

    Piracy was used as a tool to stop the Saudis coming into the world of football

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #98

    WL

    Exactly and all it was brought up for was to stop the takeover

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #99

    Mund,
    Regardless of when they got an action against it wasn’t just because of the takeover which is what you claimed.
    Eh???
    Because I didn’t think the rich six could lean on the PL which this ESL shenanigans has proved not to be the case, it makes me less believable. Give ower.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #100

    Mund
    I think the PL want MBS down as a director because he is going to be a director of Newcastle mate. I think they want him there to pay for the piracy he (or atleast the country he controls) has actively supported

    I don’t see a big conspiracy, the simple answer is normally the correct one.

    Saudis stole from the PL for years then showed up trying to buy a club in it whilst pushing no red flags rhetoric publically and made the league the villians

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #101

    Jail

    What I was saying is the were using it as a tool when the takeover came about, which they did.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #102

    WW

    Don’t agree mate not one bit.

    How do you know they didn’t get told about no red flags? I think the only people who will know is the consortium and the PL

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #103

    Jail

    Tbh fella you have been way behind in all of this since it all started but then you always try to question me and like today try and discredit anything I say and tbf have done since I posted on this blog.

    Just another lame attempt

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #105

    It’s groundhog day.

    Not on here.

    Milwaukee delivery 🙂 🙂

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #106

    Cheer up lads, Gayle and our first free signing will be unveiled soon.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #107

    Mund
    I don’t know they weren’t told that but I know it was clear as day that there was issues and was always going to be issues about piracy

    I don’t see what the PL gets out of saying either

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #108

    Nowt better than new tools getting delivered 😎

    Have you got a project you are starting like OP?

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #109

    WW

    If that was the case why wasn’t it brought up from the beginning? The only reason it was a problem was to be used as a reason of rejection

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #110

    As soon as beIN got word of the Saudis wanting to get involved with football the lobbying started

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #111

    “beIN couldn’t give two hoots about piracy and turned there noses up at it for years and we’re not even bothered about putting structures in place to stop it”
    Complete fallacy. As soon as they were aware of the piracy after they were banned in 2018 beIN were trying to do something about it. To claim otherwise is nonsense.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #112

    Mund

    Na, just for work, few things I’ve always wanted but didn’t really need, now Im using them more so justified buying them 😉

    Tret myself to the new M12 Dab radio too, Hilti one is way too big to lump around, Milwaukee one is a third of the size and just as loud, charges batteries too 110 or 240v.

    Metal saw, cut off tool, riveter, Radio, cpl high demand batteries and a partridge in a pear tree.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #113

    “Citing alleged inaction against the service, Saudi Arabia was placed on intellectual property watchlists by the United States Trade Representative and European Union in 2019 and 2020 respectively”
    They’d been trying from the beginning to get something done, finally action was taken in 2019. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a story.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #114

    Says you Jail just a bloke with an opinion. Plenty of info out there if you actually do the research but you won’t.

    Got anymore to say on this?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #115

    Mund
    By the same token as you said to me how do you know it wasn’t brought up in the beginning? I think it most likely was. I don’t think the PL hid the fact that they saw pif and the Saudi govt as one and the same

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #116

    OP

    I wouldn’t like to see the receipts 🙁

    I have a DeWalt radio with the charging capability which is a life saver. You’re own personal radio is a must on site.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #117

    WW

    Everything was going smoothly mate and there was talk of being close to a conclusion even when they had the meeting with the dcms they said it was close to a conclusion.

    In walks Hoffman and the flow completely changes

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #118

    I would make it clear as well I am not having a go Mund hope you don’t take it as that because I genuinely don’t intend to

    I get you are very positive on the takeover but I don’t see how you can say piracy wasn’t an issue until this takeover came about

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #119

    Mund
    How do you know everything was going smoothly though? Only the buyers were saying that piracy wasn’t an issue

    And why wouldn’t the Saudis stealing form the PL for years not be an issue?

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #120

    Mund

    I have the Hilti one as it charges the battery for my nail gun.

    The nail gun from Hilti cost £600+, no battery or charger either.

    Battery is £125 plus vat.

    Charger is £150

    I hate Hilti, total rip off, their products are over priced and average at best.

    Radio was £200 bought that instead of the charger so I didn’t feel as ripped off.

    If I can, I’ll never buy another thing off them, hate them and I like the Germans, just not Hilti.

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