Newcastle have three senior players who are in the final year of their contracts. Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett signed one-year extensions to 2022 over the summer while Sean Longstaff is in the final year of the deal he signed in December of 2019 before breaking into the first team.
The two local lads, Dummett and Longstaff, are likely ones Newcastle will look to tie down longer-term. It’s unclear what the club’s plans are for Fabian Schar. He’ll turn 30 in December and has not reached the same heights under Steve Bruce as he did in his first season on Tyneside with Rafa Benitez at the helm.
The same could be said for Sean Longstaff, who was linked with Rafa Benitez’s Everton in recent months. Bruce was asked about Sean Longstaff’s contract situation in July. He revealed that talks have not been revisited since they broke down early in Bruce’s tenure. This is what the head coach said at the time:
“I knew about Sean before I came here. There was a contract offered to him, but those talks have not been revisited. We hope he can go out and show us what he’s got.”
The Shields Gazette expects Newcastle to revisit talks with Sean soon in light of the recent interest from Everton and the fact that he could leave on a free next summer. This is what Miles Starforth writes in his report:
Benitez, now in charge of Everton, had been linked with a move for Longstaff last month, but the 23-year-old remained at United.
And there should now be some more urgency in terms of contract talks, as Longstaff will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer without any agreement. Benitez, among others, will be watching the situation closely.
While Starforth doesn’t exactly confirm new talks are on the agenda, it does stand to reason that Newcastle will not want to lose the 23-year-old for nothing after the season.
However, the club and player could still remain quite a ways apart on what Sean’s value is. He’s been very inconsistent over the past two years under Bruce after starring when he first broke into the first team in January of 2019.
An unfortunate knee injury ended his season after a nine-game string of starts where he really looked the part. He became the subject of a £35m move to Manchester United that summer.
Sean struggled to find the same form over the past few years. It culminated in him being frozen out for two months this past season before he came back into the fold in late March. He ended up making appearances in the campaign’s final 10 games.
It’s up to Longstaff to continue working hard to get the terms he feels he deserves on a new deal. Things are lining up for him to make a second straight start this weekend at Old Trafford. He must seize every opportunity that comes his way.