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New Contract Talks Likely On The Agenda For 23-Year-Old – Report



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.

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149 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 7, 2021 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #121

    It’s been raining non stop for three days over here. Wor lass has been stood staring through the window the whole time.
    If it carries on much longer I’m gonna have to let her in.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #122

    Coybig.

    Big issue in Irish football right now, whether to stick with the new boss who isn’t the usual hard nosed English guy.

    I really hope we stick with this bloke who has us playing lovely stuff. The alternative is Fat Sam etc. 🙁

    3
  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #123

    I was just thinking….this time next season we MIGHT be one of the favourites to come straight back up from the championship….or not..

    4
  • DrGloom

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #124

    thereallowickmag – they’ve been for sale since shard was built… No takers – nobody that rich wants to live in London bridge … So definitely like nufc at Ashley’s price

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #125

    Munster,
    Ireland have had two English born managers, what do you mean usual hard nose English guys??

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #126

    It’s the General psychology of the FAI Jail. A bit like Charnley. Go for the local guy with prem experience or championship. Mick McCarthy, Roy, Martin O’Neill. Rumours now of Fat Sam. And the ex celtic and Bolton guy. We don’t need that.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #127

    So not necessarily englush, but english speaking, with a generally pragmatic direct style. Bruce has previously expressed interest too. Neil Lennon. Even Hendrick is decent on the ball tonite. Crowd sticking with the team.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #128

    So not English guys Munster but Irishmen with PL experience you mean.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #129

    And of course excepting Trapitoni.

    1
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #130

    I don’t rate either of the Longstaffs they are like a good few of our squad just not good enough but that is just scratching the surface. Due to the lack of investment in key transfer windows where players who got us back up from the Championship are still here when they should have been moved on, the whole situation has brought an air of complacency to the squad as they know under the current regime and “coach” they won’t be dropped or replaced. The only time we get an uptick in form is when a major tournament is near like the last few months of last season where a number of our players played better but make no mistake without the Euro’s in the summer to pique the players interest we would have been relegated.

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #131

    Ryan Fraser is just a Scottish Micheal Owen
    (defined by time at nufc)

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #132

    Munster,
    Given all your team speak English don’t you think it’s advisable you hire an English speaking manager.

    4
  • DrGloom

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #133

    I’m guessing Munster means bruce , McLaren , kinnear , fat Sam type managers … basically nufc managers – not exactly fair and balanced as they have got results in the past but I wouldn’t even wish them on the mackems 😀

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #134

    TTB@W ARMY,
    I got talking to an FPL account on twitter today who turns out supports Newcastle. We bemoaned the shite state of the club. I mentioned that Rafa once said that if 70/80% of transfers are successful then those figures are good. I reckon Bruce/Ashley/Churnley successful rate since he left is lower than 20% with only Wilson and ASM being any good. He then went on to say he thought Rafa signed a good few duffers and listed Hanley, Atsu and Joselu to name a few. There were definitely some duffers but given the volume signed for the championship then I reckon he’d have been closer to the 80% mark.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #135

    Exactly Glloom.england wudnt take them, just as man u won’t take Bruce. Perfectly fair point.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #136

    Bit Anglo touchy tonight Jail? And yes, McClaren wud be royalty for the FAI. ex man u. Ex England. Lovely!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #137

    I honestly can’t see how Hanley was seen as a duffer, does not being as good as Clark and Lascelles @£5M and your money back for a guy that then went on to captain the next championship winners and play at the Euro’s class you as a duffer. Atsu cost £7M and made 75 PL appearances, Joselu cost £5M and scored twice as many PL goals as £40M Joelinton.

    6
  • Ron Knee

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #138

    Two good saves.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #139

    Jail it all comes down to with Rafa there was a plan, with Bruce there is no plan. Majority of players who got us promoted should have been shipped out and better quality players brought in, can’t believe over 4 years later and we still have some of them in our squad.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #140

    Not at all Munster,
    Just seems odd you having a moan about the ‘usual’ English managers when only two managers in your entire history have been English born, the two most successful in your history as it happens.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #141

    TTB@W ARMY,
    So frustrating knowing that Gayle could have been moved on for £15M at one stage yet they just watched him depreciate before paying him to be put out to graze. Yedlin, Clark, Ritchie, Manquillo, Fed…….will all leave for free and way past their best.

    3
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #142

    The only 2 duffers for me were Matt Sels and that Jesus Gamez.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #143

    Fair point Jail, its not an anti English sentiment. Just badly expressed by me, on re-reading it. But I think you understand the sentiment. Go for a prem cast off. Unemployed, pragmatic. Fat Sam. Lovely.

    Nope.

    2
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #144

    Jail that is the shocker, you can add Hayden to your list.
    Think we would of have gotten a fair whack for him at one time as well. Darlow is another, although he wasn’t that great in the Championship which is probably why Rafa dropped him for Robbie Elliott to get us over the line.

    2
  • mctoon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #145

    Munster,
    Your country doesn’t produce technically gifted footballers as a rule, your not going to get one of your much spouted continental types coming over to transform your team into playing pretty football, anymore than Newcastle are with our current bunch.. you can’t make a purse out of a sows ear.
    Ugly but winning football under a Jack Charlton type, is the best you can hope for.
    Big Sam will get you winning a few games, might even get you to a tournament.. Not checked his hands mind.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #146

    TTB@W ARMY,
    Muto was definitely a duffer, Gamez was free, on low wages and was unlucky with injuries.

    2
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #147

    Muto yeah, although his first game away at Old Trafford I thought he looked a canny player that evening.
    Anyway going to bow out now for the day, hopefully be back on at some point tomorrow.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #148

    TTB@W ARMY,
    On Hayden, definitely not a coincidence that all his personal problems disappeared with the departure of Rafa, does anyone honestly think that when Rafa talked him up for England it was because he thought he’d get in the squad, not on your nelly, imo he wanted away because Rafa told him he wasn’t in his plans and him wanting away for personal reasons while being talked about for England was the best way to get a good fee for him. Rafa goes and he gets a six year deal 😳

    1
  • JohnJ

    Sep 7, 2021 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #149

    Lesh at 106

    Yes I know Oh I am awful!

    But it’s true that’s what they were called the second word being droppers!

    🙂

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