Date: 6th March 2021 at 6:25pm
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fans have been responding to a report that the squad have been left confused and angry at the ‘ostracisation’ of midfield duo Sean and Matty Longstaff.

Sean, the elder of the brothers, played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield in January but hasn’t featured for the first team since (via Transfermarkt).

Similarly, Matty Longstaff has been a spectator since he started the 3-0 reverse at Arsenal a week later (via Transfermarkt).

For 23-year-old Sean in particular, the drop-off in involvement in compared to last season has been stark.

In 19/20, he started all but six games for which he was available (via Transfermarkt).

And according to a report from Football Insider, Newcastle’s players simply cannot fathom why they have fallen out of favour with Steve Bruce.

More grounds for Newcastle fans to question Bruce

“Sean looked like the next big thing under Rafa, he was getting valued at 50m and now under Bruce, he looks like a shell of his former self, Matty was full of energy playing decent then vanished. Not one player has improved under Bruce.”

@AngelNUFC

“He’s a dreadful manager that’s what it is. I’d love to see how the Longstaffs would be handelled under Eddie Howe. I honestly think he’d get Sean back to his & the best outta Matty too.”

@Wig82

“Got to agree. Both are better than Shelvey. Sean has played the Almiron role before too.”

@stnapirrem

“Ignores these two young local lads who love the club. Plays others that really shouldn’t get a game.”

@steviebe

“That’s the thing, even with the current players the new manager would come in and give them all a fresh start. They would turn to the local lads (Longstaff) , to the talents (ASM, Migi) we’ve got, to the experienced players (Clark, Fede) , and say show us what you’ve got.”

@berty2001

That is because I believe that Sean has stood up to him and he needs to because Bruce is ruining his career.

@johnc_DCS

Hendrick won’t be angry I bet

@GeordieJordan96

To be fair. Seems daft to pay them both a combined £50-£100k a week to train and never be picked.

@alirook

“If this is true, this is embarrassing from Bruce”

@kieraandixon

You sense that there is a great deal of discontent in the dressing room at this moment in time.

Of course, the Mail reported this week that Bruce was involved in a training ground bust-up with Matt Ritchie after the Scotsman called him a ‘coward’.

will be looking to capitalise on the apparent disunity in the ranks when they face the Magpies in a relegation six-pointer on Sunday.