Newcastle United journalist John Gibson has been speaking about the futures on Matty and Sean Longstaff at the club.
Sean has found himself being monitored by the likes of Southampton and Everton with the club reportedly placing a £10m price tag on him. Meanwhile Belgian side Anderlecht, Norwich City, Middlesbrough and West Brom have reportedly shown an interest in Matty, who is reportedly set to sign a contract extension before heading out on loan.
Speaking about the brothers on NUFC Matters, Gibson claimed that the writing was pretty much on the wall for the two players and that they would both find themselves completely out of the club at some point, either now or in the not-too-distant future:
“The Longstaffs are unbelievably yesterday’s news. Sean will be sold if they can get somebody to put the money down before the 31st of August. Matty is only being asked to sign a year’s extension, so that at the end of the current loan, when this happens, before August the 31st, he won’t be on a free transfer.
“Because if he goes on a season’s loan, at the end of that, he will be on a free transfer. They want him still to have another year so they can then flog him and get some money for him.”
TIF Thoughts on John Gibson’s comments about Matty and Sean Longstaff at Newcastle United…
Should Matty Longstaff be loaned out this summer?
It is a bit of a shame that it seems like their futures at the club are over, because it’s just another sign that Newcastle United’s academy setup just isn’t working the way that it should if these two players are just cast aside like this.
The club have set themselves some lofty ambitions in the past, but if they are just willing to let them go at the first opportunity to make some money rather than keeping them and letting them develop into players for their own team, then it’s not setting much of an example for the youngsters who think they have a chance of making it into the Newcastle side.
A report from The Chronicle back in March outlined just how bad things were, and with so few academy players being given a chance, it makes you wonder if they will ever be able to get out of the rut they are in when it comes to producing players for the senior team.