Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has provided an update on the futures of Sean and Matty Longstaff at the club following claims that their careers may not last on Tyneside for much longer.
The two Longstaff brothers have both had contrasting times when it has come to their Newcastle United careers. Whilst Sean has managed to become something of a regular in the team and has made 70 appearances, Matty has only been able to make 20, and hasn’t made an appearance since January.
Both players are out of contract this coming summer and it has led to some questions about their futures, with The Athletic noting that following Joe Willock’s arrival: “Sean Longstaff’s Newcastle future will now come into question, with Rafa Benitez, his former manager who is now at Everton, monitoring his situation. Matty Longstaff, too, is likely to depart on loan.”
Speaking about the brothers on NUFC Matters, Kennedy claimed that given their current predicament, he deemed it likely in his mind that both of them would be moving on from St. James’ Park sooner or later:
“I’m just not sure that either Longstaff’s medium to long-term future will probably be at Newcastle United. I just don’t think it seems a fit, especially under Steve Bruce.
“Look, I think they’re both talented lads, and I think I’d love to see them play for Newcastle United, but it just doesn’t seem to be working for them.
“I don’t think the manager’s particularly a massive fan, both only have a year left on their contract. I think we’re getting to the point where it’s probably new deal and loan, or sale for either of them. I think it’s probably coming to that point where it’s going to be, shipped out the door or they’re going to have to step up.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments about Sean and Matty Longstaff at Newcastle United…
What should Newcastle do with Matty Longstaff this summer?
Keep him in the squad for next season
Loan him out
The writing does seem to be on the wall that there isn’t much of a future for either Longstaff at the club, especially if Newcastle decide to make more signings in central midfield this summer, which would make competition for places even higher.
Given the state of their contracts, you would have to think that something does need to be sorted as soon as possible, because there won’t be a lot of value left for them when it comes to the January transfer window, and then they’re up for grabs for nothing next summer.
So it might just be a case of them trying to get them out this window and hope to use the funds freed up in terms of wages and any transfer fee to try and bring in replacements that will have more of a future at the club.