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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

  • jane

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #241

    “Irish players booed before match”

    “As the visitors took the knee and several home players pointed at the ‘respect’ logo on their sleeves as they stood, a chorus of boos and jeers rang out around the Szusza Ferenc Stadion.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57386249

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  • toon22

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #242

    So we’re getting sold this Friday?
    Morning or afternoon

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #243

    Mund,

    This trusted source of yours, is he the same source that has been feeding you info for the last three years ?

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #244

    Right Mund so by your reckoning Bein Sports were never interested in piracy until the takeover yeah?
    So why then in 2018 did they launch a $1bn arbitration lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to beoutQ

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #245

    I know you did Jail I’m sure that’s what I said and point proven

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #246

    Ash

    Catch the fck up lad we have been over all this

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #247

    WL

    No mate Ive only spoke with this lad for the last 8 month or so.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #248

    Mund,

    What makes you think he is anymore reliable than anyone else if is not in the loop, which i assume he isn`t for obvious reasons

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #249

    WL

    Because he has got stuff spot on and I’ve seen stuff that backs up what he says.

    When I put team news up before it came out and never got it wrong that was from him

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #250

    End of the day it’s like marmite

    Some like to hear these little snippets of info and with others it gets there knickers in a twist so you can’t pleas them all.

    Does anyone think I get anything out of this? Other than mostly grief.

    Like I said I put it up for the ones who like it not the ones who don’t

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #251

    Yes Mund,
    The point has been proven.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #252

    So basically he must be either in the first team set up, or Steve Bruce, nobody else could give you that info, unless it is a journo who has had first dibs at the team sheet right ?

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #253

    Yes it has about a bitter fan on a blog who wants to discredit another fan because of his dislike 😆

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #254

    WL

    Wrong

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #255

    Carroll could be staying for another year

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  • jane

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #256

    Mund if the takeover doesn’t happen you can say don’t blame me i was just passing on what i was told.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #257

    No Jane because I thought it before I was told anything

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #258

    From the President of CAT handling our case.

    IT IS ORDERED THAT:
    The Defendant is granted an extension of time to file and serve its application to contest the Tribunal’s jurisdiction until 5pm on 11 June 2021

    In normal speak, nowt is being decided on Friday. – End of. No arguments, no opinions, just a simple FACT from CAT. – you’re welcome 🙂

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #259

    Bob, how very dare you! 😆

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #260

    Cleveleys, the president of CAT handling our case is just Ashley PR so I wouldn’t pay attention to that 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #261

    I’m sure I’ve said we won’t hear anything Friday but nobody knows what’s going on behind the scenes.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #262

    BobI tried earlier to explain this to Mund but I’m so slow apparently and have spent the rest of the evening (in Munds words) trying to catch the fck up..

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #263

    I’m still waiting 🙂

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #264

    Mund,

    I would rather take notice of someone a little bit closer to the case than just a random guy on twitter with a few followers, besides, if he has told you, he has also told everyone else., that being the case, nothing you put on here is new news.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #265

    Ok WL because you say so mate but you couldn’t be more wrong.

    I could throw a name in there that you couldn’t shoot down. Others from the blog now this and have seen the convos so I know whether you or anyone else believes it it is very real.

    Just ignore my posts if you don’t like what put up, shouldn’t be to hard.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #266

    Harking back to Mare of Easttown,is it just me or did anyone else think wor Kate was looking a bit ropey (says the 59 year auld Geordie with beer belly attached) 😀

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #267

    I think quite a few of us knew nothing would happen on Friday but now it has been confirmed thanks to the CAT President, just a normal day at the office.
    Nothing to distract us from the England game then, ah erm, on second thoughts…

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #268

    Mund, no need to get all defensive bcos i questioned where you get your info from, i won`t bother in future.

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #269

    Questioned? 😆 more like told me how it is when you don’t have a clue.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #270

    Ashingtoon,
    Howay, no spoilers on Mare mate.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #271

    Adam, this is the guy who signed off on the latest decree/notice from CAT

    The Hon Mr Justice Roth Made: 13 May 2021 President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal Drawn: 14 May 2021

    Again, simply a fact.

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #272

    Bob, have you been on the Gin?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #273

    Sorry Adam, didn’t notice the smiley face- I blame the Gin 😉

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #274

    Carltoon, I have to admit yes and a little more than usual. 😆

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #275

    Jail I wouldn’t ever hoy a spoiler oot there.Canny watch and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #276

    Haha Bob don’t worry I’ll accept the gin excuse 😉 that’s the one drink I’ve never really been able to like the taste of!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #277

    Anyway Adam, you know you shouldn’t mention PR it brings out a rash of frogs spawn! 😀

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #278

    Bob! But what does that mean? Can they say they aren’t going to contest it, i think that’s what I thought Mind was getting at, if they don’t contest it Ashley’s won. Or am I getting it wrong.

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  • Just a fan

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #279

    It’s all very well talking about this takeover but the burning question is will England manage to qualify for the next round and at the moment I’m not to optimistic.

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  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #280

    And I haven’t been on the Gin. I still don’t understand,

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